Ultimate Guide to the Somontano Wine Region

Somontano Wine Region Agriculture

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As with many southern European countries, it's easy to picture the vast vineyards of Somontano. The world has learned to count on this region and others near it, to produce great wines. Their consistent performance in the wine industry can be attributed not only to the cultivation practices, but to their appropriate climates as well.

Somontano has a climate that is ideally suited to grape growing. Each year has a cold snowy winter and a warm summer. The only slight instability is that there isn't much of a fall or spring, but instead there are rather drastic changes from one end of the temperature spectrum to the other [source: Cellar Tours]. The land can face as many as 2,700 hours of direct sunlight each year, which when paired with the cool nights and winters, presents almost perfect conditions for vine growth.

The soil of Somontano has proven a strong asset as well. Its lime content produces great vines, as this type of soil allows roots to grow deep and strongly establish themselves. Roots that are able to do this have an easier time absorbing necessary moisture and nutrients.

The rainfall in the region does call on certain areas to do more work than others must. Northern and western regions see plenty of rain, but as you move south or east, the amount drops as the temperature increases. These warmer, drier areas sometimes require more manual watering and maintenance.