History - Dehesa de Los Llanos
Just five kilometres away from Albacete is where you will find Dehesa de Los Llanos – extending over an area of 10,000 hectares that has been united together as a single estate since the 17th century.
Dehesa de Los Llanos is a place where history and legend combine. Over the centuries, this estate has become an important meeting place for commercial, social, cultural and religious circles in Albacete. Its lands have taken on many roles, from being a place of pilgrimage and processions, home to a Franciscan convent and site of the Albacete Fair to being the place of residence for noblemen such as the Marquis of Salamanca, the Marquis of Larios and the Marquis of Paul.
Today, it produces the Best Cheese in the World and one of the most outstanding wines in Castilla La Mancha.
Legend says that the Virgen de Los Llanos, patron saint of Albacete, once appeared here. Ever since then, it has been a place of pilgrimage and processions.
A congregation of Franciscan monks settled here in 1647, devoting themselves to agriculture and raising livestock, while also creating some intense commercial links for the area.
The lands were then later seized in the confiscation of Mendizábal and passed on to the Marquis of Salamanca, who had personally insisted on acquiring the lands as they had an important personal significance for him. The presence of the Marquis of Salamanca coincided with one of the most splendid periods in the history of Dehesa de Los Llanos.
As time went by, however, the Marquis of Salamanca fell into financial ruin, and just as would happen nowadays, the land was repossessed by a bank. The estate was then bought in 1893 by José Aurelio Larios Larios and has remained in the same family ever since.
In 1974, it became part of a single company which grouped together all of the family’s agricultural activities (Sociedad La Humosa SA) and in 1993 it was integrated into the Mazacruz Group, which it remains a part of to this day.
Dehesa de Los Llanos is a place where history and legend combine.