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Mondéjar

DO area in the southwest of the province of Guadalajara in the large Spanish region of La Mancha but outside the DO area of La Mancha, which is named after the city of the same name east of Madrid. In the Middle Ages the wines were delivered from here to the Spanish court. It has a moderate Mediterranean climate with little rainfall in summer. The vineyards cover 3,000 hectares of vines next to wheat fields and olive groves with two terroir areas. In the south, red, loamy sedimentary soils predominate, in the north calcareous sandy soils. Among the white wine varieties, Malvar(Lairén) dominates with a share of 80%, others are Viura(Macabeo), Torrontés(Alarije) and Airén. The most important red wine variety is Cencibel(Tempranillo), others are Cabernet Sauvignon, Garnacha Tinta, Syrah and Jaén Tinto(Mencía).

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