In Castilla La Mancha wine plays a vital role both economically and culturally. The region produces nearly half of the wine in all of Spain. Historically, Castilla La Mancha produced a ton of ‘Vino TInto’ and ‘Vino Blanco.’ You can still find these lower quality wines in supermarkets around Spain, but the region started to improve in the 1990s when people brought in vines and winemaking techniques from California and Bordeaux. Today the greatest wines of the region are bold and lush red wines with characteristic notes of grilled toast. The best white wines of the region tend to be oak aged with nutty and creamy notes of apricots and peaches.