Ahhhhhh...wine from Spain! I discovered Spanish wine about seven years ago, and it is almost the only wine I drink now. I have developed a few standard "go-to" favorites over the years, but there is nothing like discovering a great new bottle!
Did you know that only France and Italy produce more wine per year than Spain? They produce over 600 types of grapes, but Tempranillo is one of the more common. Spanish wines are as varied as the regions of the country from which they hail.
The two most prominent wine-producing regions are Rioja and Ribera del Duero. Both regions are in the central part of the country with the Ribera del Duero region bordering the rich Duero river.
A very famous white wine grown from a grape called Albariño is produced in the northwestern region of Rías Baixas near Galicia. This is a local favorite and they tend to keep as much as possible for themselves before exporting to the rest of Spain and the world! I don't blame them, it is wonderful!
There are many other notable regions. Jerez, in the southwest, is famous for its dry sherry wine while Catalonia is the home of Cava, the Spanish version of champagne!
Spanish red wine is usually a little heavier in alcohol content, typically averaging about 13 percent. You might also find two general classifications of wine. Crianza is a younger wine. It is not meant for keeping and should be enjoyed within 1-2 years. Reserva, on the other hand, are typically the deeper wines with more character and they are meant for keeping. In most cases, the older they are, the better. Gran Reservas, are typically the oldest and finest vintages available.
No matter your taste, there is always a great Spanish wine to suit it. I especially like the red wines, and my favorite is a Rioja called Muga. One of the more famous Ribera del Duero wines is called Protos. Good drinkable wine does not cost a fortune in Spain either, you can get a nice bottle like El Coto for 5 Euros or less!
If you haven't tried wine from Spain before, I suggest you try a bottle. If you are living in the US, some of the more famous brands might not be available everywhere. I suggest you try searching the wines at Wine.com. I have also included a few of my favorites below in my Spanish Wine Shop for you to try.
I hope you get to enjoy one of these great wines soon. ¡Salud!
Spanish Wine Shop
Below, I have selected some of my favorite Spanish wines, and sorted them by price. Just click on a bottle to learn more about it. Give Spanish wine a try, I promise you won't ever regret it! Cheers!