Spanish Wine

Spain is one of the word’s largest wine-producing regions. It comprises most of the Iberian Peninsula with a divergence of cultures, climates and, por supuesto, types of wine. There are many notable styles from all over the country, ranging from traditional viticulture to modern and methodical, to rustic, value driven and food friendly young table wines to well aged prized vintages. Not to mention some venerable expressions of methode champenoise and the range of dessert, sherries and fortified wines from salty, dry Manzanillas to candylike Pedro Ximinez soleras. 

Spain currently has 70 government approved wine regions such as Catalunya, Rias Baixas, Ribera del Duero, Priorat, Rueda, Jumilla, Bierzo, Cava and Jerez. Popular indigenous red varietals include Tempranillo (which has many local derivations), Cariñena, Garnacha, Monastrell and Mencia. Popular indigenous whites include Albariño, Verdejo, Macabeo, Xarel-lo and Paralleda (the latter three comprising the ingredients Read more »

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Varietals Produced in Spain View all

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Tempranillo

    History of the grape: Origins of Tempranillo are murky. It could be indigenous to the Spanish countryside, or it coul...

  • Albariño

    History of the grape: Legend has it that Cluny monks from Burgundy brought the parentage of the grape, either Rieslin...

  • Grenache

    You’re a member of the ‘Rhône Ranger’ band. Your groupies think you’re ‘hot’, even when you're boozy and "strung out"...

  • Mourvèdre

    History of the grape: Monastrell is a native of Spain, first grown in Murviedro near Valencia, and was eventually bro...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

Subregions of Spain

  • Aragón

      This region, rich in history, was once the home of celebrated 16th century royals Ferdinan...

  • Catalonia

      Catalunya (Catalonia in Spanish) is located in the north-east of the Iberian Peninsula and...

  • Catalunya

      Catalunya (Catalonia in Spanish) is located in the north-east of the Iberian Peninsula and...

  • Galicia

    Located on the northwest corner of Spain, Galicia is just under Portugal, along the Atlantic Oc...

  • Rioja

    The Rioja region of Spain produces one of the world’s finest, and most long lived wines: Rioja. R...

  • Alicanté

      Alicante is part of the Comunidad de Valenciana region, named for the town on the Mediterr...

  • Almansa

  • Andalucía

      The home of Flamenco and Moorish architecture is the southernmost wine-making area in Spai...

Popular Wineries in Spain View all

  • Raimat

    We like what we make, wines with character. That's why we have continued to do so since 1914. And...

  • Bodegas Sierra Cantabria

    The Eguren family, generation after generation since 1870, have been dedicated to grape growing a...

  • Herederos Del Marques de Riscal

    Wines of the Herederos de Marqués de Riscal has always been a leading and pioneering company in t...

  • Bodegas Juan Gil

    Juan Gil winery is located in the heart of the vineyard, in the north hillside De Cerezo which be...

  • Bodegas Marques de Caceres

    The name of this wine. Marques de Caceres was lent by D. Vicente Noguera y Espinosa de los Monter...

  • Bodegas Baron de Ley

    A dream come true, BARÓN DE LEY is a winery which was devised and founded in 1985 by a small grou...

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    Comment by 718485Rubens tadeu varela 718485 Rubens tadeu varela


  • V V - Sorry to hear about that 2012 Liquid Farm Golden ... Advocate's current Spain/South America critic Luis Gutierrez's tasting of Bonvin's wines in early 2014. The Argentine Peso had dropped about 30% vs. the dollar, making the new targeted price for the 2011 edition of the MV Gran Reserva $60 in the USA. So, why can you buy it today for up ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • GregT's list is great.  I love things like that.Since he doesn't ... ... is no longer a part of Spain.  He brough a Trader Joe's (yes, a Trader Joe's branded) California Albarino from, as I recall, Paso Robles.Also, v v, Bedrock puts out an Albarino bottling under the Abrente label.  I liked it sufficiently last year that I ordered some more ... Read More

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  • For us, one of the best choices is one Spanish wine called Parotet, from a wine area in Eastern Spain. Jancis Robinson wrote this review about it two months ago. http://www.jancisrobinson.com/articles/celler-del-roure-parotet-2012-valencia  Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • That Parotet sounds very interesting.  While we were in Chile last spring, ... subterranean clay tinajas - Spain's take on amphorae Read More

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  • Bodegas la Cana Albarino 2013

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    Excellent albarino from Rias Baixas Spain. The nose is not overly aromatic but fairly citrusy. The palate is crisp, nicely acidic, with hints of lemon cream, orange peel, a touch of baking spice, and a medium finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • I am drinking a Bandol from the south of France ,a Chateau Vannieres 1999.made ... tannic. I had a Jumilla from Spain a few weeks ago [Carta Roja Monastrell Gran Reserva ] which is also a mourverde wine but was far bett Read More

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  • Basically, they just bottle before fermentation is finished and let it continue ... completely make sense. In Spain they grow Alicante Bouschet as Garnacha Tintorera - I don't know it by any other name in CA. Not that I should know of course, but something like that would kind of stick.And they don't even list Blaufrankisch, but I know that Pax... Read More

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  • Cune Rioja Crianza 2010

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    Picked this one up from Jubilation; A sniff and it opens with butterscotch, toffee, and condensed milk, quickly goes to plum, raspberry, cinnamon, vanilla, and grape jam. Opens further with more savory and herbal notes. A silky mouthful with a medium long finish of raisin, port, and oak...Continues to develop more complexity as it sits in the g... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • La Cartuja Priorat 2013

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    Excellent Read More

    Wine review by calywa


  • Al,First off, I recommend NOT eating hot dogs.  Ever.  If you do eat ... No wine.As for the Rioja, in Spain they have laws about how old certain wines have to be before being released (Greg can chime in if I spew misinformation here).  Tempranillo is often aged for at least six years.  Lots of it, for some weird reason, has this gold wire nett... Read More

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  • I am trying to track down where I can buy Vina Corosa Vino Tinto wine. Probably one of the best wines I have tasted while in Mexico. Can anyone point me in the right direction?

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  • I discovered the Bodegas Lozano wines during a wine tasting in Belgium and love the Gran Oristan Reserva. I am an American living in Seville area for the next two years and look forward to discovering even more great Spanish wines.

    Comment by 1375950KFJames71 1375950 KFJames71


  • Visited Briones last year.in La Rioja. Superb local wineries Betolaza and Zurbal. Lovely young wines and Crianza. Bought a nice Rioja in Tesco recently for €7.00(Normaly €13) Antaño .Problem is everyone else likes it too. When I go back for more, it is all gone Anyone tried it?

    Comment by 1030060Di Marcos 1030060 Di Marcos


  • Catalunya , , terra alta, priorat, montsant, bla bla

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  • Portugal is not Spain!!! Portugal is a country since 1143! The first branded site vineyard in the entire world was Douro region, in Portugal. Update your site, please! Your data are wrong!

    Comment by 667678ClaraM 667678 ClaraM


  • Woops, I incorrectly stated below that the region was Lleida. Lleida is simply one of the larger towns close to Tomas Cusine winery. The wine region is actually Costers del Segre. Either way it's a very nice spot and I would recommend it to anyone!

    Comment by 105252Bartond 105252 Bartond


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