The Plana de Requena-Utiel, the Valencian fringe of the meseta of La Mancha, is located in the westernmost and highest part of the province of Valencia. As we approach this district, the Mediterranean landscape disappears, giving way to broad plains that stretch out before us. This area actually pertained to Castile until the mid-19th century. The landscape of this border land is an immense plain with deep grey mountain ranges disappearing into the distance. Today, this meseta is covered in grapevines, which have completely replaced the mulberry trees of the 18th century. In those days this was the leading silk production centre in the Valencian region - and the fourth most important in all of Spain - with more than 800 looms manufacturing sumptuous fabrics for export to America.
From Requena to Fuenterrobles, visiting Utiel, Venta del Moro, Villargordo del Cabriel, Camporrobles, Caudete de las Fuentes and Chera.