Spanish wine (Spanish: vinos españoles) includes red, white, and sparkling wines produced throughout the country. Located on the Iberian Peninsula, Spain has over 1.2 million hectares (2.9 million acres) planted in wine grapes, making it the most widely planted wine-producing nation but the second-largest producer of wine in the world, behind Italy and ahead of France, and the United States. This is due, in part, to the very low yields and wide spacing of the old vines planted on the dry, infertile soil found in some of the Spanish wine regions. The country is ninth in worldwide consumption with Spaniards drinking, on average, 21.6 liters (5.7 US gal) per person a year. The country has an abundance of native grape varieties, with over 400 varieties planted throughout Spain though 88 percent of the country’s wine production is from only 20 grapes — including the reds Tempranillo, Bobal, Garnacha, and Monastrell; the whites Albariño, Airén, Verdejo, Palomino, and Macabeo; and the three Cava grapes Parellada, Xarel·lo, and Macabeo.
Major Spanish wine regions include the Rioja and Ribera del Duero, which are known for their Tempranillo production; Jumilla, known for its Monastrell production; Jerez de la Frontera, the home of the fortified wine Sherry; Rías Baixas in the northwest region of Galicia that is known for its white wines made from Albariño and Catalonia which includes the Cava and still wine-producing regions of the Penedès as well the Priorat region.
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2019 Bodegas Atalaya Almansa Alaya Tierra 2019 Bodegas Atalaya Almansa Alaya Tierra Garnacha Tintorera’s small, intensely colored berries lend to a deeply colored and layered richness. The wine is aged for 15 months in French oak with a small proportion aging in American oak. 100% Garnacha Tintorera; Sourced from 55 year-old estate vines of Garnacha [...]
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2010 Faustino Rioja I Gran Reserva 2010 Faustino Rioja I Gran Reserva; Red Blend from Rioja, Spain Winemaker Notes; Tempranillo, Graciano and Mazuelo, the three classic Rioja grape varieties. Graciano provides a very lively color and high acidity; Mazuelo flavour and abundant tannin, both together with Tempranillo are the perfect coupage for long ageing wines. True to [...]
2015 Pintia Toro 1.5L 2015 Pintia Toro 1.5L This is a very concentrated vintage, but also has plenty of tension and persistence on the palate; a precise wine with a long journey ahead. Pintia 2015 offers interesting fruity and spicy aroma. Bodegas y Vinedos Vega Sicilia set themselves an ambitious challenge when they started purchasing [...]
2018 Bodegas Muga Rioja Reserva 2018 Bodegas Muga Rioja Reserva This 2018 Reserva displays an attractive, medium-deep, ruby-red color with some brick-red glints. The nose reveals delicious red and black fruit aromas, such as blueberries, plums, and forest fruit, together with notes of liquorice and chocolate. Medium-bodied on the palate, the wine shows lovely balance [...]
1986 Marques De Caceres Rioja Gran Reserva 1986 Marques De Caceres Rioja Gran Reserva, Rioja DOCa, Spain This wine has a bright ruby-red color with brick-red highlights. Aromas of candied fruits mingle with notes of vanilla from the oak giving complexity on the nose. This complexity is also obvious in the mouth, combined with elegant [...]
2016 Bodegas Ateca Calatayud Garnacha Armas Old Vines 2016 Bodegas Ateca Calatayud Garnacha Armas Old Vines While once being the 2nd most planted grape in the world, Grenache’s popularity has faltered. However, its ability to produce delicious wines has not. Grenache is known for its candied red fruit flavors complemented by dollops of cinnamon and [...]
An Albarino of great personality, with a striking and fragrant varietal character and surprising bottle ageing potential. It charms the nose with intense floral, fruity and balsamic aromas and delights the mouth with its depth, elegance and freshness. Pazo Barrantes is a perfect blend of structure and silkiness, complexity and exuberance, longevity and immediate enjoinment.