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The DO area, which only applies to white wines, is located on the Atlantic coast in the southern Spanish region of Andalusia, close to the border with Portugal. The vineyards cover around 5,500 hectares of vineyards and, at 25 metres above sea level, are only just above sea level. There is abundant rainfall. With 60% of the total area, the autochthonous white variety Zalema clearly dominates. Other white wine varieties are Listan (Palomino - the most important sherry grape), Garrido Fino, Moscatel (Muscat Blanc) and Pedro Ximénez. Experimentation is increasingly taking place with many red wine varieties, such as Monastrell and also international varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon.

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