Torres_del_rio-José_Antonio_Gil_MartínezThe Somontano is produced in the heart of the Aragonese Way, at the foot of the Pyrenees and close to Jaca, in the area known as the Barbastro. The area has a long history and tradition of winemaking history, but only in 1985 with the creation and promotion of Somontano did it managed to recover its former glory, after decades of oblivion.

Somontano production is carried out in 43 municipalities of the province of Huesca, under the protective shadow of the Pyrenees and the proximity of neighboring France. Today there are more than 500 growers and 32 wineries dedicated to an ever-growing production.

The vineyards are situated at a high altitude, between 350 and 650 meters above sea level, in brown-limestone soils of low fertility and high permeability. The climate is characterized by cold winters, hot summers and an unusually high annual rainfall for its south easterly position.

As for the grape varieties that are used, these include moristel reds, tempranillo, garnacha, cabernet sauvignon, merlot and pinot noir, along with white chardonnay or white grenache.

Cabernet_Sauvignon_GaillacThe wines that result are of high quality and are reasonably priced, two factors which have ensured its rapid progress on the market and in Spanish hostelry. The growth of this Aragon Denomination of Origin seems unstoppable and every year new projects and new wineries appear.

Among the principal wineries Enate stands out as being undoubtedly the most famous and also one as having led to the recovery of Somontano. But there are also other well- established wineries, such as Pirineos, Irius – the producer of the notable Absum wine- and the Viñas del Vero.

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