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The DO area, named after the city of the same name, is located in the southeast of Spain in the Region of Murcia and includes only one municipality. It belongs to the Levante region. The vineyards cover 20,000 hectares, but only 4,600 of them are approved for quality wine. The soils of clay over limestone with good water permeability lie at 400 to 700 meters above sea level. The climate is continental, with hot summers and cold winters, as well as extreme temperature fluctuations between day and night. More than 90% of the grapes grown are red varieties. The dominant one with 85% of the vineyard area is Monastrell, followed by Garnacha Tinta, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cencibel (Tempranillo), Merlot, Tintorera (Alicante Henri Bouschet) and Syrah. The main white varieties are Merseguera, Airén, Macabeo, Malvasía (Síria) and Chardonnay. A special feature is that this area was largely spared from phylloxera, a good part of the vineyards is still planted with autochthonous, rootless vines. Well-known producers are Bodegas Castaño, Bodegas La Purísima, Señorio de Barahonda and Antonio Candela e Hijos

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