Alicante is a DO in south eastern Valencia, Spain. The region has long produced wine, receiving its DO status back in 1957. It developed a reputation, however for producing low quality bulk wines. In recent times though the region has gon through great change, developing more premium varieties of wine, especially spicy reds from the Monastrell grape. The climate in Alicante is sunny and warm. To keep grapes cool, the vines are bush-trained low to the ground so that the leafprotects the grape and also shades the soil around the vine so no heat is reflected back on to the fruit. This ensures a slower ripening process that leads to higher quality fruit.