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D.O. Montilla-Moriles

D.O. Montilla-Moriles

Description to D.O. Montilla-Moriles

The DO area named after two cities is located in the south of the province of Cordoba in the southern Spanish region Andalusia, The vineyards cover around 10,000 hectares of vineyards and are located at 300 to 700 meters above sea level. By 1933 the majority of the wines were in the western part Jerez delivered and from there the sherry produced (then no longer allowed). Today, the dominant white grape variety Pedro Ximénez is used in a Solera process to produce sherry-like wines in the variants Fino, Amontillado, Oloroso and Palo Cortado. For the heavy, sweet varieties, the grapes are left to dry on the vine. In contrast to his "more famous big brother", he rarely needs to be fortified with alcohol, because the fermentation of the extremely sweet grape variety Pedro Ximénez (instead Palomino as with sherry) also gives up to 16% vol alcohol. Furthermore, fruity white wines (Jovenes Afrutado) from the Baladí ( Cayetana Blanca ) Torrontés. Pedro Ximénez and Moscatel ( Muscat d'Alexandrie ) pressed.

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