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Spanish Wine

Spain is a country with ages of wine making tradition and has the largest area of land dedicated to viticulture of any country in the world. - 15.5% of the world's vineyards are in Spain! There are vineyards in all of Spain's 17 autonomous regions - from wet Galicia in the north-west to dry Murcia in the south-east. Spain has a similar classification system to France and Italy, with all classified wine regions regulated under the Denomination of Origin (DO) system. Red wines are often labeled as Crianza, Reserva or Gran Reserva. In Rioja and the Ribera del Duero, Crianza wines are two years old, with at least twelve months spent in cask (elsewhere the oak ageing may legally be restricted to just six months). Reservas are three years old (at least one year in cask), Gran Reservas five years old (two in cask, three in bottle).



Spain has 65 Denomination of Origin (DO), the most well known being la Rioja, Ribera del Duero, Priorat, Penedes, Rueda, Rias Baixas, Emporda, Somontano, Toro, Jerez-Sherry, La Mancha and more. Here you'll find complete profiles of the most eminent Spanish wine regions.



A select overview of our top Spanish wineries ordered by region; their history, top wines and interesting facts, together with contact information and more…



Detailed description of Spanish grape varieties, including photographs. From the traditional vines to those that time has brought as a result of research, constant innovation, the recuperation of original Spanish grape varieties that had disappeared and the meeting of new palate demands.


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