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

  • Grenache

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

  • Tempranillo

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

  • 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

  • Herederos Del Marques de Riscal

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

  • Bodegas Sierra Cantabria

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

  • Castillo Labastida

    Labastida Wineries and Vineyards combines the traditional wine-making ethos with the latest techn...

  • Bodegas Ondarre,S.A.

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

  • Paco & Lola

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

  • Torre Oria

    The ORIA de Rueda family founded TORRE ORIA in 1897. The family were from the North of Spain. ...

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  • Bodegas As Laxas Albariño Rías Baixas 2007


    A clean, bright wine, straw yellow in color with greenish tinges. An intense aroma on the nose, perfectly blending with the fruity and floral notes, highlighting apple and stone bearing fruit like apricot. Typical freshness of Albariño on the palate, with a highly fitting acidity perfectly balanced with the structure and body of the wine. Read More

    Wine review by Jcardinell

  • Menguante Garnacha 2007


    Fantastic biodynamic garnacha from an underrated appellation. This wines has great concentration due to being from very old vines (80-100 yrs) and a wonderful price (usually under $13!).Bright ruby red color with big nose of cherries, plums, and spicy red currant with a touch of vanilla. The palate explodes with juicy red fruit framed with an un... Read More

    Wine review by Jcardinell

  • Mencía Bierzo Abad Dom Bueno 2005


    Aromatic nose of dusty black fruit like black cherry, blackberry, minerals, and a little grapyness. The palate shows a surprising amount of complexity with again a good mix of fruit, oak spice, and minerals. Dry, medium bodied, mouth coating tannins, showing great length and spice on the finish.Ranked #2 in Mencia's in the NY Times in the middl... Read More

    Wine review by Jcardinell

  • Bodega del Abad Godello Bierzo Abad Dom Bueno 2007


    A very fresh tasting wine with no sulfites added (a big plus in white wines!!!). Medium yellow color. The nose is aromatic with white peach, nectarine, and honeysuckle. The palate has lots of flavors of stone fruit, almond skin, and ripe pears. This wine is dry, medium heavy bodied, with bright acidity, and a long finish. Read More

    Wine review by Jcardinell

  • Ochoa Red Tempranillo Garnacha


    Dark purple red color with an aromatic nose of ripe red and black fruit. Palate delivers a little earth and light tobacco notes and more of the ripe fruit found in the bouquet. Dry, medium-bodied, medium juicy tannins, just the right amount of acidity to balance out the big fruit, and a long mouthwatering finish. All in all, a great price for a... Read More

    Wine review by Jcardinell

  • Bodegas Ochoa White Blend Navarra Viura Chardonnay 2007


    Great entry-level Spanish white. Viura is balanced well with chard, and what smells like a little moscato (although the label doesn't say that there's any in there, I'm pretty sure there is). Great price- an affordable summer drinker! Read More

    Wine review by Jcardinell

  • Bodegas Ochoa Moscatel Navarra Vino Dulce 2007


    Floral lychee nose. Clean, long finish- not overly-sweet. Love the low alcohol level (12%) Read More

    Wine review by Jcardinell

  • Marqués de Cáceres Rosé Blend 2007


    No written review

    Wine review by jmusz

  • Bodega Dominio Buenavista Tempranillo Vino de Mesa de Andalucia Veleta Tempranillo Nuevo 2007


    Beautiful berry color. Crisp berry flavors. Dry. I am going to buy a couple of more bottles. I like it very much. Read More

    Wine review by lizswan

  • Martín Códax Albariño Rías Baixas 2006


    No written review

    Wine review by Moglandor

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