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Wines from Spain

Wines from Spain

Spain is one of the most recognized countries in the wine world. Rioja and Ribera del Duero maybe could be the most important wine regions in Spain.

Spain is one of the most recognized countries in the wine world. The diverse climate and topography in Spain allows for a great variety of wines for all tastes. On an international level, most likely La Rioja Denomination of Origin wine is the most famous, although there are many other Spanish wines of similar quality such as Ribera de Duero wine, Jumilla wine, Ribera de Guadiana wine and Fino wine. Additionally wineries like Vega Sicilia or Marqués de Cáceres have also gained an important international reputation.

Spain has more terrain dedicated to the cultivation of grapes than any other country, accounting for 15% of the world’s vineyards with 1.2 million hectares. Over 600 varieties of grapes are grown in Spain, although 80% of the total grape harvest is made up of a mere 20 varieties. The most important are the Tempranillo, Albariño, Garnacha, Palomino, Macabeo and Cariñena grapes.

A special mention is deserved to talk about Catalan sparkling wine, known as cava. Cava is a popular drink during holidays and over Christmas. Without cava wine, Christmas would not be the same in Spain.

Spanish Wines Clasification (UE Regulations)

Quality Wines Produced in Specified Regions (QWPSR)

Vinos de Mesa (VDM)

Spanish wine labels

Spanish wines are labeled according to the amount of time the wine has been aged. Following this rule, a young wine aged 2 years or less is usually called vino joven (young wine) or sin crianza (without aging). The year of the vintage (grape harvest) is also often included on the label. The most common labels are:

One great way to practice Spanish is to chat with natives while trying one of Spain’s many fabulous wines…