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Campo de Borja

Campo de Borja is a DO wine zone in Aragón, northern Spain. This extremely arid area is situated just south of the Ebro River and borders the southern part of the Navarra wine region. Campo de Borja’s warm, Continental climate is tempered by the cierzo—a strong, dry, usually cold wind that blows from the north and northwest. The cierzo helps the grapes retain their wild fruit flavors, while also keeping the vines free from pests and excess moisture. The winegrowing here is markedly affected by altitude and the quality of the wines can be attributed to this elevation.

With an average age of 30 to 50 years, the low-yielding vines in Campo de Borja are treasured for producing some of the best examples of Garnacha wines: concentrated, powerful and very aromatic. It’s no wonder some locals refer to the region as El Imperio de la Garnacha (the Empire of Garnacha).

Alicante

Alicante is located in the south-eastern corner of Spain, bordering the Mediterranean Sea. The region was awarded DO status in 1957. This wine region has established a reputation for quality reds, particularly from the Monastrell grape. Despite the southerly location, the wines retain the zest and alicante (spiciness) for which the DO is named. Vineyards are planted on an elevated plateau called the Meseta Central.

Alicante is broken down into three subzones. Vinalopó is the southernmost and driest, extending along the river for which it is named. At the opposite end is La Marina, which is the northernmost and wettest, running along the Mediterranean coast. Lastly, El Comtat is between the two in terms of both geography and climate.

The climate of Alicante is sunny and warm. To keep grapes cool, the vines are bush-trained low to the ground, so that the leaf canopy protects the grapes and also shades the soil around the vine so no heat is reflected back onto the fruit. This insures a slower ripening process that leads to higher quality fruit.

La Mancha

The La Mancha wine region includes almost half a million acres planted to vines making it the largest continuous winegrowing area in the world. The land rises constantly from north to south, from 1,575 feet above sea level in Aranjuez in the north to 2,296 feet above sea level in La Mancha in the south.

The area benefits from an extreme Continental climate—long hot summers with cold winters. The large temperature fluctuations and varying precipitation are great for grapegrowing. The vines are exposed to about 3,000 hours of sunlight per year, making it one of the sunniest regions in Europe.

Mendoza

Beneath the towering Andes Mountains lies one of the world’s most extraordinary wine regions, in the heart of a hot dry desert. The rain shadow of the Andes makes Mendoza a dusty, arid countryside with young, dry, rocky and sandy soils and less than eight inches of rainfall a year. With a hot, desert-like climate by day and cool mountain nights, it is perfect for making world-class wines.

The high altitude creates a unique microclimate that distinguishes Mendoza from the rest of the world, with vineyards planted at an average of over 2,900 feet, which enjoy an annual temperature of 65˚F.

The Andes provide a critical source of water, via melted snow, through a system of rivers and acequias (irrigation canals).




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