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

  • Tempranillo

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

  • Grenache

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Albariño

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

  • Verdejo

    History of the grape: Verdejo has existed in the region for centuries, thought to have first been planted by the Moor...

  • 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

  • Bodegas Juan Gil

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

  • Bodegas Olarra, S.A,

    Bodegas Olarra is located on the outskirts of Logroño, right in the heart of the Denominación de ...

  • Paco & Lola

    Paco & Lola - Rias Baixas Paco & Lola comes from 500 sun-kissed acres of vineyards in Meano ...

  • Raimat

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

  • Bodegas Muriel

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

  • Numanthia

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

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Spain on Snooth

  • Flavium Bierzo Crianza 2005


    2005 Flavium Crianza Bierzo Nose: my nose isnt in top form today. Hector claims cherries, but I think its a darker fruit, Palette: oak (makes sense with the Crianza appellation), a dry wine (via nose test), heavier than the Chianti, but not as velvety as the Givry, medium-bodied, Finish: a little spicy, but not as much the Garnacha (yet notice... Read More

    Wine review by lamarr

  • Buil and Gine Gine Gine Priorat 2006


    A beautiful fruit filled yet earthy wine with a long finish. The Garnacha ... ... ... I will keep looking to Spain for quality and valu Read More

    Wine review by jaz1

  • Castano Solanera Monastrell Cabernet Yecla 2005


    Intensely flavorful blend (65% Monastrell, 20% Cab, 15% Tintorera). Spicy, blackberry, and a little smoky. (I swear I taste oysters too, but I could be hallucinating.) Read More

    Wine review by zinfan73

  • Jorge Ordoñez la Mancha Mano a Mano 2005


    Spicy, strong-bodied tempranillo. Another hit from Spain's best decade! Read More

    Wine review by zinfan73

  • Agricola de Borja Borsao Campo de Borja Tres Picos 2007


    Smells like blackberry pie. A bit zinfandel like with brambly dark fruits and lots of oak induced baking spices. Smells sweet on the nose with lots of layered vanilla, spice and roasted fruit notes. Big and think on entry with dense, chewy brambly blackberry fruit. A lot of wine with a soft, approachable character. There is sufficient structure... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Bodegas Naia Rueda Naia 2007


    No written review

    Wine review by kagildersleeve

  • Bodegas Emilio Moro Tempranillo Ribera del Duero 2004


    smooth, rich Read More

    Wine review by clairholland

  • Bodegas Lan Rioja Crianza 2005


    No written review

    Wine review by gabandstephen

  • Emilio Hidalgo Jerez-Xérès-Sherry Palo Cortado Marqués de Rodil NV


    Really elegant stuff. Perfect balance, good length. As with brandy, quality has a lot to do with length of time in barrel, so one can only expect so much of a mid range bottling-it simply doesn't and can't have the concentration and length of the really old and expensive stuff. But for the price, it's at the top of the heap I think. Taste pr... Read More

    Wine review by chenrezigdas

  • Faustino Rioja Faustino VII 2004


    In standard Faustino fashion, this Faustino VII has almost no nose. What little nose is present, is medium bodied and bland. The initial taste is also medium, but medium-light spice and the only flavor is the fruit, but extremely low in sugar content. The finish is fast and smooth, over in about 1.2 seconds. This is a good wine to servie wit... Read More

    Wine review by coryhwhite357

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