History

THE ROOTS

Documents dating back centuries reveal that by 500 BC, settlers were already cultivating grapevines in the Ebro Valley and, by the second century BC, there was widespread wine production throughout the region.  One factor that influenced the development of grapevines as crops and their trade was the settlement of Romans in Somontano. They brought their advanced wine growing and production techniques, also contributing to the creation of trading companies.

In the Middle Ages, vineyards spread throughout the province of Huesca. During this period, the monasteries had a decisive influence on vine cultivation and caused a steep increase in the planting of grapevines in the surrounding area, as wine is essential for many Catholic rituals.

THE PRESENT AND THE FUTURE

With the advent of the 21st century, Somontano underwent a new historic moment marked by the arrival of new wineries, capital investments, production and sales growth and recognition of the quality of its wines by the most prestigious specialised guides and consumers.

Its success is the consequence of all the above, as well as joint work between the vine growers, wineries and the Regulatory Council to offer wine lovers a unique and versatile high-quality product. Our lands, in addition to being essential for our wines, are a top tourist destination.

Las Claves

La Denominación de Origen Somontano fue creada en 1984 y desde entonces ha evolucionado de forma positiva a través del campo de acción del consejo regulador, la aparición de nuevas marcas de vinos, la instalación de nuevas bodegas y el trabajo profesionalizado de los viticultores. Todo ello ha potenciado la consolidación y prestigio de esta zona vitivinícola.

El informe “Los vinos de Aragón. una oportunidad de mercado” de AC Nielsen,exponía que “Somontano” había liderado en Aragón el proceso de innovación total de la producción y comercialización de vinos “creando una imagen totalmente nueva a través de nuevas variedades”. Ésta es otra de las claves que explica el crecimiento de estos vinos del Alto Aragón. Paralelamente,la apuesta constante por la calidad de los vinos y la estabilidad de los precios cierran la fórmula matemática que explica la positiva trayectoria de esta denominación de origen.