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Valles de Benavente

DO area for white, rosé and red wines around the eponymous town of Benavente (province of Zamora) in the Spanish region of Castilla y León The former country wine area was classified in 2005. The vineyards cover around 360 hectares of vines. The white wine varieties Verdejo and Malvasía (Malvasía Castellana = Síria) are permitted, as well as the red wine varieties Tempranillo, Prieto Picudo, Mencía, Garnacha Tinta and Cabernet Sauvignon. Due to the climatic and geological conditions, artificial irrigation is sometimes necessary, which must be registered. The maximum permitted yields are 7,000 kg/ha for red wines and a maximum of 9,000 kg/ha for white wines. The alcohol content must be at least 11% vol. for white and rosé wines, 11.5% for red wines and 12% for Reserva and Gran Reserva.

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