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The Spanish DO area is an enclave on the southern edge of the huge central highlands La Mancha and is named after the city of the same name. The name means "Valley of the Rocks". The vineyards at 700 meters above sea level comprise approximately 30,000 hectares on stony, reddish-colored soil with a water-storing limestone layer. The climate is extreme and is described as "nine months winter and three months hell (dry and hot)". Even at the beginning of the 1990s, the proportion of the white variety was Airen around 80%, since then this has been in favor of the red varieties Cencibel ( Tempranillo ) Garnacha Tinta and Cabernet Sauvignon reduced to about half. Other white varieties are Macabeo. Pardillo and Moravia Agria, The area was known in the mid-19th century, as a slightly mixed with white wine red wine than clarete was exported to South America. Called "Tinto Tradicional" (also known as "Tinto Valdepeñas"), this bright red wine is still popular today.
Red grapes (at least 20% Cencibel) and white grapes are mixed and fermented together (analogously Mixed set ). However, the best quality is the sortentrein produced from Cencibel and mostly in Barrique matured red wines. The rosé wines are mainly made from Cencibel and / or Garnacha Tinta, the white wines mainly from Airén. Well-known producers are Aruspide, Miguel Calatayud, Dionisos, Bodegas JA Megia and Hijos, Bodegas Los Llanos, Rafael Lopez-Tello, Bodegas Los Marcos, Márquez, Miguel Martín, Juan Ramírez, Bodegas Real, Bodegas Félix Solís (Viña Albali), Casa de la Viña and Visán.