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Andalusia (GB)
Andalucía (ES)
Andalusië (N)
Andalousie (F)
Andaluzia (PO)
Andalusia (I)
The second largest of the 17 autonomous regions in the south Spain (Spanish Andalucía), which includes eight provinces. In the east, the region of Murcia closes, in the north, the regions Extremadura and La Mancha at. It is the oldest wine region of Spain, since as early as 1.100 BC. Founded the Phoenicians the port city of Gadir (today's Cádiz) and exported wine. Even during the 700 years of rule of the Moors until the end of the 15th century, wine continued to be limited here, but above all raisins produced. The Moors transformed the area into a large garden and it was called "paradise on earth". Already much earlier than the rest of Andalusia Jerez was already in 1264 taken from the Moors and alcoholic wines of the type of sherry produced. From the 16th century there was an economic relapse in viticulture, only from the advent of tourism in the early 1950s, there was a great boom. Andalusia is the hottest part of Spain with a Mediterranean dominated climate. The westerly winds from the Atlantic provide for cooling and the often calcareous soil stores the water even during dry periods. In the region are the areas Condado de Huelva. Jerez. Malaga. Montilla-Moriles and Sierras de Málaga classified as DO.

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