General Information: Aragón is one of Spain's seventeen autonomous regions. It occupies a large portion of the northeastern part of the country with it's head on the foothills of the Pyrenees (Los Pirineos) and extending all the way down to the central Iberian plateau. It is surrounded by Catalonia on the east with the western borders shared with La Rioja, Castilla y Leon and Navarra. The river Ebro splits the province's sub-regions with Somontano occupying the northern half and the other three smaller regions in the south.
Climate:Climatically, Aragon is a land of extreme contrasts. Overall, it can be termed as moderate continental with altitude acting as determinant of an area's climate. The Pyrenees and the elevated topography in the north as well as the south is cooler. In most of these places, the altitude can be anywhere between 500m to 1,000m. The middle portion is 200m above sea level and is the warmest part of the province. Such a diverse range of grape growing conditions mean that Aragon's wines are not only versatile in style but also shows variance in the types of grape varieties grown throughout this vast land.
Soil:Most of the vines are planted on soils of steep slope at a height between 550 and 800 metres above the sea level (the higher vineyards of Aragón), facilitating the venting of the vineyards but complicating the harvest mechanization, therefore being most of the soil working done manually.
Grapes:Large co-operatives play a significant role in the local wine trade producing the region's trademark bulk, mainly red wines based on the Garnacha grape. the other prominent red grape varieties include Cariñena and Tempranillo.