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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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Calatayud, dynamic denominated wine zone with 5,000 ha/12,000 acres of vines in aragón in north-east Spain, in arid country on either side of the River Jalón, a tributary of the Ebro (see map under spain). As in much of central Spain, yields rarely rise above 20 hl/ha (1 ton/acre). Most grapes are sold to one of nine local co-operatives. The garnacha grape, which accounts for around two-thirds of Calatayud’s production, makes heady, potent red wine, although tempranillo and various international varieties are now also planted. Investment in new technology, particularly stainless steel and refrigeration, is increasing the proportion of Garnacha-based rosés and crisp white wines made from viura. El Escocés Volante (Norrel Robertson MW), Bodegas y Viñedos del Jalón, and Ateca are the top producers.