The northern region of the Spanish wine DO Navarra borders the Basque Country, Rioja, Aragón and the Pyrenees and includes both cooler mountainous areas and warm, sun-drenched fertile valleys which are significant influences for its wine styles.
The Spanish wine DO Navarra was traditionally the source of Spain’s rosé wines and some of the country’s best rosés are still made here mainly from the Garnacha grape. In the early 1980s the government-funded EVENA research station started to investigate a wide variety of grapes and the region’s soils to establish the best way forward for red wine making in the Spanish Wine DO Navarra region. Nowadays red wine accounts for at least 75% of the region’s production and an eclectic mix of styles can be found. You can generally rely on the region offering fairly modern styles based on a mix of local and international grapes with careful measures of oak.
The Spanish wine DO Navarra has a rich cultural backdrop. Its epicentre is the vibrant city of Pamplona, the setting for the famous San Fermín festival which features eight days of bull running. Other aspects of interest include the fairytale-like medieval parador at Olite, one of Spain’s finest historic monuments, as well as lakes, gorges and spectacular mountain ranges and a comprehensive wine route.
There has recently been a new drive for this region to build a stronger image and get its wines noticed in the international market.
Navarra Spanish Wine DO Region Principal Red Grape Varieties: Tempranillo, Graciano and Cabernet Sauvignon. Others: Merlot, Garnacha, Syrah, Pinot Noir and Mazuelo
Navarra Spanish Wine DO Region Principal White Grape Varieties: Viura, Chardonnay, Mostcatel de grano menudo, Sauvignon Blanc, Malvasía and Garnacha Blanca.
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