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Calatayud

Viticulture and wine-making in Calatayud dates back approximately 2500 to 3000 years ago. First the Romans and later the Greeks established the concepts of vineyard cultivation and each greatly improved the overall wine-making practices in the region.

Calatayud is located in the Province of Aragon in northern Spain near the foothills of the Pyrenees. The area consists of complex mountain systems located in the Moncayo Sierra and encompasses an intricate hydrographical network formed by various tributaries of the Ebro River. The vineyards slope down on the south side of the Sierra de la Virgen at altitudes ranging from 550 to 880 meters. Most of the vineyards are cultivated in highly permeable and healthy soils with a high proportion of limestone. The soil is rocky and loose with low nutrients. Calatayud has a continental climate although many of the vineyards are located in very arid areas. Snow is typically on the ground in the vineyards for 5 to 7 months in the year. The summer temperatures are mild, kept down by the winds which blow through the vineyards at the foot of the Sierra de la Virgen. There is a significant difference in temperature during the day and at night, particularly during the growing and ripening periods. This temperature difference has a decisive influence on the grapes, allowing for a remarkable balance between acidity and alcohol.

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