D.O. Somontano has positioned itself as a producer of “luxury” wines since it became a D.O. in 1984. It has been a pioneer in taking a New World, varietal approach to wine production. Although only about 5% of the vineyards are currently planted with Garnacha, the region is committed to the varietal and expects to double plantings over the next few years. Vineyards are at 350 to 1,000 meters above sea level and sheltered by the Pyrenees. Local producers exploit extreme seasonal temperature changes and geography to create wines with potential to age for 6 to 12 years.