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Somontano

The DO area is located in the province of Huesca in the autonomous Spanish region Aragon, The name Somontano literally means "under the mountains" and indicates that the area lies in the foothills of the Pyrenees near the French border. The climate is almost ideal with cold winters and hot summers for viticulture, there is relatively abundant rainfall, during the day a lot of sun and cool nights. This was already recognized by the monasteries in the Middle Ages, who founded viticulture here. With about 100,000 hectares of vineyard reached a peak in the late 19th century. A good part of the wines was exported to South America. The Bordeaux family Lalanne became the purveyor to Alfonso XIII. (1886-1941) appointed. But that put the phylloxera an end and there was a great decline of viticulture.

After a long stoppage, a revival took place in the early 1980s. Today, the vineyards cover approximately 4,300 hectares of vineyards mainly on dark limestone soils with a good water permeability mainly around the city of Barbastro in a total of 43 municipalities. It will be the red wines Tempranillo. Garnacha Tinta. Cabernet Sauvignon. Merlot. Moristel. Parraleta. Pinot Noir and Syrah, as well as the white wines Viura ( Macabeo ) Garnacha Blanca. Alcañón. Chardonnay and Gewurztraminer cultivated. From this, the traditional Jovenes (young wines) are produced in red, white and rosé mainly from the native varieties and storable wines from blends of native and French varieties. Well-known producers are Blecua, Dalcamp, Fabregas, Guelbenzu, Lalanne, Otto Bestue, Pirineos, Viñas del Vero.

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