The sun of Spain in the bottle / Die Sonne von Spanien in der Flasche
Bodega Villa d'Orta, SL is a winery established in Aragon, a region of northern Spain, in the province of Huesca. Bodega Villa d'Orta is also a vineyard of 54 hectares of quality BIO grapes. The vines are organic and certified by the Comité Aragonés de Agricultura Ecológica (CAAE). The parcels of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay and Garnacha were planted between 1999 and 2000 in Laluenga and Barbuñales, two pueblos within a radius of fifteen kilometers of Barbastro, capital of the wine industry in SOMONTANO. Villa d'Orta is the combination of a Canadian (Alain Bellemare, winemaker originally from Montreal, Canada,) and of two families from Aragon, Spain; the marriage of two cultures separated by the Atlantic Ocean: Quebec and Aragon, Canada and Spain.
The SOMONTANO vineyard is located in Aragon, northeast Spain. Aragon is bounded to the northwest by the Navarra province (Navarre), to the east by Cataluña (Catalonia), and to the north by the Pyrenees witch divides France from Spain. The vineyard is located in the province of Huesca, and Barbastro is the main city around which the vines are grown. The vineyards lie on the foothills of the Pyrenees and that geographical location determines the climate of the region. Given the proximity of the mountain, the contrasts are quite marked between cold, damp winters and very hot dry summers. The contrast is marked both from north to south and from east to west.
The climate of SOMONTANO is ideal for the cultivation of grapes. Located just about 250 km west of Barcelona and the Mediterranean Sea, the climate of SOMONTANO is mostly semi-arid. With an elevation of about 430 meters above sea level and an average of 300 days of sunshine per year with less than 450 mm of rain, the climate of the region is temperate and dry since this part of Aragon is sheltered from the cold northerly winds of the Pyrenees. The temperature varies greatly between night and day by the end of summer and in early fall, thus allowing the grapes to mature over a longer period of time, delaying the harvest period to maximize grape quality