DO Cariñena

Cariñena is located in the heart of the Ebro Valley. Its vineyards cover a total surface area of 14,388 hectares, which include several surrounding towns: Aguarón, Aladrén, Alfamén, Almonacid de la Sierra, Alpartir, Alpartir, Cariñena, Cosuenda, Encinacorba, Longares, Mezalocha, Muel, Paniza, Tosos  and Villanueva de Huerva. Nearly 1,540 wine growers tend directly to the vineyards, which are undisputedly the region’s main source of income.

Cariñena occupies an exceptional geographic location as it’s located on the same transport route that connects the Ebro Valley to Spain’s Eastern coast. It is directly on the north-south route that structures the Aragonese territory. This geographical position makes it a strong connection between the Basque Country and the Region of Valencia. Moreover, due to its proximity to the French border, it’s also an area of great interest from the point of view of trade and cultural relations with Europe. The motorway linking the Region of Valencia to France through Aragon strengthens even more the strategic value of Cariñena.


Wine growers in Cariñena are really privileged thanks to land quality and climate for vine cultivation. Some factors like soil, climate, altitude (between 400 and 800 meters above sea level) and orography are combined differently to provide the territory a great aptitude for winemaking. This combination also provides different microclimates and therefore Cariñena region (D.O.) wines offer a wide range of possibilities.

As part of the Spanish inland, the climate is defined as medium warm, with a significant trend towards a continental climate with cold winters and very hot summers. These continental characteristics, combined with the winds which frequently blow across the region with torrential downpours which hinder regular rainfall produce a semi-arid landscape.  A characteristic of the wind in our area, known as “cierzo”, contributes to the climate dryness.

However, the presence of mountains has a positive effect on rainfall, allowing very high, persistent annual mean levels in the form of spring showers and summer storms. Rainfall in the nearby mountains is usually very low, between 350 and 540 mm.

In accordance with the Winkler scale, the Cariñena wine region is especially suitable for producing red and rosé wines together with naturally sweet wines.

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