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D.O. Monterrei

Description to D.O. Monterrei

DO area (King's Mountain) in the province of Ourense in the north-western Spanish region of Galicia on the border with Portugal. It includes the municipalities of Castrelo do Val, Monterrei, Oimbra and Verín. There are two sub-areas: Val de Monterrei (rather flat terrain) and Ladeira de Monterrei (slopes). To the east is the DO area of Rías Baixas. The vineyards cover around 650 hectares of vineyards on heavy, clayey soils, mainly on both sides of the Támega and its tributaries. The climate with Atlantic and continental influences is characterized by hot, dry summers with little rainfall and mild winters. White wine varieties are cultivated to 60%; the most important ones are Doña Blanca(Síria), Godello, Monstruosa, Palomino, Treixadura(Trajadura) and Verdello(Godello). The most important red wine varieties are Mencía, Tinto Fino(Tempranillo) and Bastardo or María Ordoña(Trousseau Noir). A well-known producer is Benito Santos.