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Madrid

The country’s capital city is home to the small DO (Denominación de Origen) of Vinos de Madrid, named in 1990. The vineyards stretch over a large area, both to the southeast of Madrid and for a considerable distance to the west. The appellation is split into three sub-regions: Arganda, San Martin de Valdeiglesia and Navalcarnero. Each producing reds, whites and rosés, Arganda is the largest area with close to 50% of the appellations vines. San Martin de Valdeiglesia is located to the west of Madrid, with 35% of the vines under the DO. Making up for the middle section of the Vinos de Madrid DO, Navalcarnero is the smallest and produces 15% of the annual production. The region as a whole lies at the foot of the Sierra de Guadarrama moutains and boasts a relatively strong continental climate, where Arganda experience extreme variations in seasonal temperatures, while San Martin gets a bit more rainfall than its neighbors. Tempranillo is the most important red variety produced here, while international varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah are also gaining in speed. The local dark-skinned Garnacha is also now assuming a much greater importance in San Martin to be exact. When it comes to white varietals, the region cultivates Albillo, Arien, Chardonnay, and the local Malvar. This “young” DO has been improving its reputation as a good-quality producer year after year, the reds in particular can be very good and are more similar to a Ribera del Duero than a Rioja. ...

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