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"...

  • Verdejo

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

  • 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...

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...

  • Castillo Labastida

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

  • Bodegas Marques de Caceres

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

  • Bodegas Juan Gil

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

  • Bodegas Sierra Cantabria

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

  • Paco & Lola

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

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Spain on Snooth

  • Castillejo de Robledo 'Silentium' Red 2001

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    The nose has hints of leather, but slight tones of just ripe citrus and grapes.The color is light, imitating a ruby. The initial tase is full of oak flavor with very little fruit (the 2001 wine was aged 12 years before bottling, according tothe bottle - I don't get it either). The initial taste is very light, but full flavor.The follow-through... Read More

    Wine review by coryhwhite357


  • Vinedos del Ternero Rioja Picea 650 Red 2005

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    Red pillory. Intense in nose. Jam black fruits, hardwoods.Toast, caramel and balsamic background.Licorice an fine tannins.Slight precipiate Read More

    Wine review by Miren Amiano


  • Marqués de Cáceres Tempranillo Blend Rioja Crianza 2005

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    No written review

    Wine review by alcambrit


  • Bodegas Luzon Mourvedre Blend Jumilla 2007

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    K&L Wines is promoting this at a Trader Joe like price but disappointing. I wish Spain would stop trying to cater to new world tastes. But not many choices otherwise at this price point. Tried it to see if I should stock up as a daily wine but not worth it. If you like Syrah you would like this better than if you like Grenache (it is a Monastrel... Read More

    Wine review by CommonMan


  • Celler de Capçanes Montsant Mas Donís Barrica 2004

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    A very good daily wine with no pretensions and much better than most wines in this price category. Actually more drinkable than the more complex 2005 vintage. Worth getting a case if you like Grenache. Not too new worldy like the 2005. Think of a nice house wine with Tapas in a dive in Madrid and this fits the bill. Read More

    Wine review by CommonMan


  • Capcanes Mas Donis Barrica 2005

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    This is a more interesting vintage than the 2004 which I liked as a daily wine and technically better but it seems a bit too young to drink now. Nothing disturbing but feels a bit raw. Didn't try decanting it. Not sure if it will age well but keeping a few bottles to see for next year. 2004 is much more drinkable now although a cut below. Good v... Read More

    Wine review by CommonMan


  • Sonsierra Tinto Tempranillo 2004

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    2004 Sonsierra Crianza Rioja (13.5%) Color: Ruby, Nose: Chocolate milkshake, not kidding, a little vanilla, Taste: fortunately, not that of chocolate milkshakes (or, maybe unfortunate), raspberry, light pepper qualities, medium finishLamarr: B (solid table wine, nice for the price, would probably purchase another Rioja over it, but definitely ... Read More

    Wine review by lamarr


  • Condado de Haza Ribera del Duero 2000

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    No written review

    Wine review by reinold


  • Bodegas El Nido Red Blend Jumilla Clio 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by Talbot


  • Alvear Px de Añada Montilla-Moriles 2003

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    Wine Spectator© 91/100 15 Nov 2005 Thick and syrupy, with grape, fig ... Read More

    Wine review by schmarty


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