Tierra de León (DO)

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Tierra de Léon DOP
Wine region
DO Tierra de Leon location.svg
Tierra de Léon DOP in the province of León in the region of Castile and León
Official nameD.O. Tierra de Léon
Type Denominación de Origen Protegida (DOP)
Year established2007 [1]
Country Spain
Size of planted vineyards1,370 hectares (3,385 acres) [1]
Wine produced14,013 hectolitres [1]
CommentsData for 2016 / 2017 [1]

Tierra de Léon is a Spanish Denominación de Origen Protegida (DOP) for wines located in the south of the province of León, in Castile and León, Spain, and covers an area of 3,317 km2 at an altitude of approximately 900 m above sea level. The area attained its D.O. status on 27 July 2007.

History

Grape cultivation was probably introduced by the ancient Romans. The area benefited from being at the crossroads of two important routes: The Way of Saint James, the pilgrimage route running east to west from France to Santiago de Compostela, and the Ruta de la Plata, running north–south between the silver mines of the Cantabrian coast and the southern port of Cadiz.

Around the 10th century, the main economic activities of the region were cereal production and milling, along with grape growing and winemaking, which was practiced in the monasteries of different religious orders. Production increased steadily over the centuries until 1887 which is when the phylloxera virus destroyed most of the vineyards of the area. Production did not pick up again until the 1920s.

In 1985, a group of producers applied for DO status based on the promotion of the local autochthonous grape variety known as Prieto Picudo.

Climate

The area has a continental climate (long, hot dry summers; cold winters). Temperatures in winter often fall below 0°C and there is frequent frosts and fog.

Soils

Alluvial soil, good drainage, poor in organic matter.

Varieties

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References

  1. 1 2 3 4 5 Driscoll, Killian. "Guide to the Wine Regions of Spain, Part 2 - Tierra de León DOP". artobatours.com. Retrieved 20 December 2019.