The DO, named after the town of the same name (whose name came from the old noble family Borja), is located in the province of Zaragoza in the northeastern region of Spain Aragon
, The Borja family that gave its name was notoriously famous in the Middle Ages as the Borgia noble 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. The Veruela Monastery (outside the area) had a great influence on the old wine culture.
The vineyards on clay and limestone soil cover around 7,400 hectares of vineyards in hilly terrain at an altitude of 350 to 700 meters. The DO areas close to the north Rioja
on. The continental climate is characterized by short, hot summers and extremely cold winters; there is almost every year frost damage
, The main red wine varieties are Garnacha Tinta
(which occupies 75% of the total area), Tempranillo
, Mazuela ( mazuelo
) Cabernet Sauvignon
, the main white varieties Viura ( Macabeo
), Moscatel Romano ( Muscat d'Alexandrie
) and Chardonnay
, Rosados and red wines are mainly produced; the white wines make up only 10%.