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...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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...

  • Albariño

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

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...

  • Herederos Del Marques de Riscal

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

  • Bodegas El Nido

    Bodegas El Nido is a collaborative wine brand created by Australian enologist Chris Ringland, S...

  • Numanthia

    The Numanthia estate is situated at Valdefinjas, a small village in the Zamora province. Numanthi...

  • Bodegas Muriel

    Bodegas Muriel markets the brands Muriel, Vina Muriel, Baron de Barbon, Solariego, El Somo and Mo...

  • Bodegas Ondarre,S.A.

    Bodegas Ondarre, founded in 1986, belongs to the Bodegas Olarra Group, one of the most famous nam...

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Spain on Snooth

  • Salneval Albarino 2007


    No written review

    Wine review by MillsandJills

  • Cellars Baronia Montsant Flor d'Englora Negre Jove 2006


    I'll admit that I am in no way a wine fan. I was at Costco of all places and liked the description they gave of this wine and decided to try it. Again I'm not a wine fan but I really enjoy this wine. It's not as dry as other reds I have tried and the taste is very sharp at first and then smooths out, I like that. I went back this evening and ... Read More

    Wine review by GreezyG

  • Senorio de P Pecina Rioja 2007


    Inky and acidic. Bleh. Read More

    Wine review by solomania9

  • Castano Hecula Monastrell Spain Yecla Dry 2005


    Good value everyday wine for someone looking off the beaten path of Merlot and Cabs. Peppery with black fruit and supporting tannins. Goes with with grilled beef. Read More

    Wine review by 94Cane

  • Tribal Auroch Red Blend 2006


    Kind of a rich coffeehouse nose, leading to a silky java mouth, with banana, coconut, blueberries, and chocolate. It feels tropical. Read More

    Wine review by Chris Carpita

  • Murrieta Rioja Reserva 2004


    Can't offer much beyond what Greg mentioned above. Sweet, complex, and mineral. Me encanta! Read More

    Wine review by solomania9

  • Murrieta Rioja Reserva 2004


    A nice round kind of creature, saddle up, horseradish, wooded door with copper handle, I think of a Spanish villa in the early 20th. Low on fruits, solid tannins, nice citric spike. It has the appeal of your grand-pappy's war-chest. What treasures will you find? Read More

    Wine review by Chris Carpita

  • Rot Dehesa Gago Tinta de Toro Telmo Rodriguez 2007


    At first this has an attractive and assertive green nettle tone which then yields to a shale mineral component and subtle notes of horse and black licorice that accent the lovely almost candied yet very clear black raspberry liquor fruit. Smooth and rich on the mouth with a leanness that is attractive and a cleansing quality to the acid and ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Murrieta Rioja Reserva 2004


    Hot rocks, candied licorice and smoky tobacco dominate the upright and focused nose that gains a touch of funk with notes of wet sneakers, fur, flowers, a minor matchstick tone, and cocoa, toast, caramel oak notes. In the mouth this is very smooth and easy with the richness to back it up. There is good balancing acid and nice, crisp tannins that... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Tempranillo 2004


    Lightly smoky and funky on the nose with subtle tones of leather and moist earth over a core of damp coffee grinds and licorice. The easy entry is followed up by a bright, exuberant feeling midpalate with low intensity flavors of perfectly ripe red raspberries framed with citrussy acidity and embedded notes of pipe tobacco, leather, and very sof... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

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