About the Region
Somontano means "at the foot of the mountain" and perfectly describes the geographical area where it sits – the mountains being the Pyrenees and it runs down to the Ebro Valley. The DO (Denominacion de Origen) was created in 1984 however grape growing can be traced back to at least the second century. Winemaking is done, principally, around the town of Barbastro.
The soils in the area are a mix of sandstone and clay containing limestone and alluvial material. It has low fertility and good drainage. The altitude the vineyards range between 1150 and 2150 feet above sea level.
The climate is continental, with the average rainfall per annum being less than 20inches (500mm) however the region gets frequent frosts with summer temperatures being some of the hottest in all of Spain.