Spanish Wine Regions
Learn all about Spanish wine country, region by region
Discovering the wine regions of Spain is a fun way of learning about the country´s history and culture. Spain is one of the most fascinating wine producing countries in the world with a wide offering of handcrafted wine styles and quaint wine country villages to visit. So why not combine wine tasting with your other interests in Spain! Gourmets flock to Catalunya, Basque Country and Madrid for cosmopolitan refined restaurants, many of them Michelin starred. History buffs love Andalucia for its rich concentration of Moorish and Renaissance architecture. Birdwatchers love La Rioja, nature lovers adore the entire Green Spain (Galicia, Cantabria, Asturias and Basque Country) and Jetsetters enjoy the luxury villa style hotels and secret dreamy beaches of the Balearic Islands.
Northern Spain in terms of wine country encompasses the misty green hills of Atlantic Galicia (Rias Baixas, Valdeorras, Ribeiro, etc), the Castilla y Leon autonomous region (Bierzo, Toro, Rueda, Ribera del Duero, etc) the beautiful regions of Basque Country (Txakoli) and La Rioja, and the agriculturally rich plateaus of Navarra and Somontano. The range of scenery, local gastronomic traditions, wine styles and micro climates is extraordinary. Some of the renowned local grapes include Albariño and Godello in Galicia, Mencia in Bierzo, Tempranillo of course (in Rioja, and called "Tinta del Pais" in Ribera del Duero and Toro), Verdejo in Rueda, Viura in Rioja and Garnacha in Rioja and Navarra (in Navarra, Garnacha is used for their stellar dry rosé wines). Read on to discover some of the most highly esteemed wine regions in Northern Spain....
Ribera del Duero
The Mediterranean coastline in Spain stretches for more than 1600 kilometers, or more than 1,000 miles, from the French border all the way down to the tip of Morocco. Some of Spain´s most sensational wine regions can be found in this area, particularly on the Northern part of the Med near Barcelona, including Penedès (known for its Cava wines as well as dry wines), Priorat (considered by some wine experts to be some of the best red wines in Spain, with Garnacha old vine based wines) and the Empordà (bubbly, white and rosés mainly, made in the Costa Brava). Further south there are a number of interesting up and coming wine appellations in Alicante and Valencia. Barcelona is the main culutural and metropolitan hub and is a great base for visiting many of the wine regions and Girona is also of special interest to foodies as many top Michelin starred restaurants can be found in this area...
Perhaps the most alluring region in Spain architecturally, Andalucía is also a fabulous destination for wine lovers. The principal wine regions in the south include Sherry (located in the Sherry triangle of Jerez de la Frontera, Sanlucar de Barrameda and El Puerto de Santa Maria, which incidentally is also a region known for prizewinning brandies), Montilla Moriles (near Córdoba) and the mountain wines of Málaga. Fortified and dessert wines are made in all of these regions. Then for dry red wine lovers, producers around the enchanting town of Ronda are making increasingly interesting wines. Between Andalucia and Madrid, the vast La Mancha wine region extends from Toledo to Cuenca and is home to some truly exciting wine estates making terrific value dry reds.