The named after the city of the same name (whose name was derived from the old noble Borja family) named DO is located in the province of Zaragoza in the northeastern region of Spain Aragon
, The eponymous Borja family was notorious in the Middle Ages as the noble Borgia family in Italy. In 1455 Alfonso de Borja (1378-1458) was named Calixtus III. elected Pope, later Rodrigo de Borja (1431-1503) as Alexander VI. followed. This family owned many wineries in Aragon. Great influence on the old wine culture had the (outside the area lying) monastery Veruela.
The vineyards on clay and limestone cover about 7,400 hectares of vineyards in hilly terrain at an altitude of 350 to 700 meters. In the north close the DO areas Rioja
at. The continental climate is characterized by short, hot summers and extremely cold winters; there are almost every year frost damage
, The most important red wines are Garnacha Tinta
(occupying 75% of the total area), Tempranillo
, Mazuela ( mazuelo
) Cabernet Sauvignon
, the main white varieties Viura ( Macabeo
), Moscatel Romano ( Muscat d'Alexandrie
) and Chardonnay
, Mainly rosados and red wines are produced; the white wines account for only 10%.