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The autonomous region in the northwest of Spain with its capital Oviedo covers 10,602 km² and stretches between the Cantabrian Sea in the north and the Cantabrian Mountains in the south. It borders Galicia to the west, Castile-León to the south and Cantabria to the east. It has an oceanic climate, very different from the hot and dry climate of central and southern Spain. Viticulture was practised here by Benedictine monks from the 11th century onwards. In the 19th century there were 6,000 hectares of vineyards. Then the phylloxera came and destroyed the stock. Today, viticulture does not play a major role; the region is not known for its wines, but mainly for its cider.

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