Spain has over 2.9 million acres of vines planted, which makes it the most widely planted wine producing nation, but it is only the third largest producer of wine in the world. This is due to low yields and wide spacing of the old vines planted on dry, infertile soil The country has an abundance of native grape varieties with over 600 used in the production of wine.
Spain is well known for the red wines it produces from the Tempranillo grape, but also produces a variety of white wines. It is well known for Sherry, a fortified wine from Jerez in the South, and Cava, a sparkling wine made in the traditional Champagne method.
Grapes & Regions
Albarino (Rias Baixas)
Airen (La Mancha)
Sauvignon Blanc (Rueda)
Tempranillo (Rioja, Navarra, Toro, Ribera del Duero)
Garnacha (Rioja, Navarra)
Cabernet Sauvignon (Priorat, Catalunya)
Rioja is the most famous of all the wine regions in Spain. The three principal regions of La Rioja are Rioja Alavesa, Rioja Alta and Rioja Baja with each area producing its own unique expression of Rioja wine. This region is made up of small growers who sell to co-opertaive cellers.
The climate here is extremely hot and dry which produces wines that are full bodied, high in alcohol and with a good capacity to age.