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In Italy and Spain common name (Castilian Cuenca, in German Becken) for the special location of areas planted with vines. They are located in a crater-shaped valley surrounded by mountains, which protects them from extreme weather conditions such as wind and frost. This term is also used for vineyards located in small hollows. The hillside location (steep angle of inclination) also provides optimal exposure (sunlight) and a very special microclimate. This applies, among other things, to the Spanish DO area Conca de Barberà, which lies in a valley, and to small vineyards on the Sicilian island of Pantelleria. See also a list of keywords relevant to vineyards under the keyword vineyard.

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