Calatayud
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The wine area DO Calatayud is located in the western part of the province of Zaragoza (Spain)is formed by 46 municipalities near the town of Calatayud and 13 wineries. Its vineyards have an area of 8,000 hectares and are lo...

The wine area DO Calatayud is located in the western part of the province of Zaragoza (Spain)is formed by 46 municipalities near the town of Calatayud and 13 wineries. Its vineyards have an area of 8,000 hectares and are located at average altitude of between 550 m and 800 m above sea level, in soils with a high content of lime, watered by the river Jalon, Jiloca, Stone, Table, Ribota and Manubles under a continental climate. The Denomination of Origin was created in 1989, although its origins date back to the wine-I, where the first written references to the quality of the wines in the hand of Marco Valerio Marcial, historian, born in the Roman city of Bílbilis Augusta, near present Calatayud. The Romans boosted the development of the vine and Christians used their importance during the reconquest as colonizing crop. In the late twelfth century, the Cistercian monks promoted the planting of vines in this area and founded the Monastery of Stone.

The most widely grown grape variety is Grenache, in many cases over 50 years old and that the area is called Viñas Viejas. And grown other varieties like Tempranillo, Syrah, Mazuela, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, representing more than 90% of the total area, and among the white highlight the Viura, Malvasia, Chardonnay. They are made primarily young red wines, fruity and mineral Grenache rosé, very floral and aromatic white Viura. The aging times established by the Control Board are:

- Crianza, 24 months, of which at least 6 months in barrel.

- Reserva, 36 months, of which at least 12 months in oak barrel.

- Gran Reserva, 60 months, of which at least 24 months barrel.

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