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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 is located in the foothills of the Pyrenees near the French border. With cold winters and hot summers, the climate is almost ideal for viticulture, there is relatively abundant rainfall, plenty of sun during the day and cool nights. This was recognized by the monasteries in the Middle Ages, which founded viticulture here. With around 100,000 hectares of vineyards, a peak was reached towards the end of the 19th century. Most of the wines were exported to South America. The Lalanne family from Bordeaux became the supplier to the court Alfonso XIII. (1886-1941). But that put the phylloxera an end and there was a great decline in viticulture.
After a long standstill, there was a revival in the early 1980s. Today, the vineyards cover around 4,300 hectares of vines on mainly dark limestone soils with good water permeability, mainly around the city of Barbastro in a total of 43 municipalities. It will be the red wine varieties Tempranillo. Garnacha Tinta. Cabernet Sauvignon. Merlot. Moristel. Parraleta. Pinot Noir and Syrah, as well as the white varieties Viura ( Macabeo ) Garnacha Blanca. Alcañón. Chardonnay and Gewurztraminer cultured. From this, the traditional jovenes (young wines) in red, white and rosé are predominantly produced from the local varieties and storable wines from blends of local and French varieties. Well-known producers are Blecua, Dalcamp, Fábregas, Guelbezu, Lalanne, Otto Bestue, Pirineos, Viñas del Vero.