This ancient civilization was based in the general area of Israel and Syria but their legacy was in Maritime trading. Campo de Borja named after the notorious Rodriguez Borgia was granted appellation status in 1980 and is planted with mainly garnacha, an indigenous varietal made famous by the French who call it Grenache. Wow does Spain have a cool viticultural history; which is of course tied directly to her political and economical history.
Political unrest and corruption plagued the country from the forties all the way through the to the 1980's with a brief revival in the mid fifties (which was good because it put more land under vine for the future). The word Malbec is being heard more and more these days.