The fourth Spanish wine area of Somontano is situated at greater altitude and further to the east, on the eastern side of the town of Huesca, almost bordering Cataluña. Here too it is astounding how these four areas, especially Somontano, have adapted to the demands of modern wine-making. Aragón was once notorious for its heavy and highly alcoholic wines that were intended to fortify the weaker ones.
Until not so long ago the Spanish wine from this area was almost exclusively sold in bulk. The DO Spanish wines are gaining the upper hand as the bodegas them-selves are being modernised and through better management and control of the vineyards. It is important that all four of these Spanish wine-growing areas have managed to retain their own identities. Unfortunately the quality of these wines is rarely discovered, even within Spain, where the locals still swear by Rioja and Ribera del Duero. It is a pity, for the wines of Somontano must surely have a great future ahead of them.