The Rebirth of Caíño Blanco
August 9, 2022
Unlock the secrets of Caíño Blanco grape, an intriguing Spanish variety. Delve into its characteristics and origins, and explore the wines it produces.
By: Genevieve Mc Carthy / Last updated: January 4, 2024
In Spain, the world of wine often revolves around renowned wine regions such as Rioja and Ribera. While these regions have rightfully earned their reputation for producing exceptional wines, the focus on regional identity sometimes overshadows the appreciation for individual grape varieties. As a result, grape varieties are not discussed as extensively as one might expect, especially when it comes to red wine.
Nevertheless, Spain does have some fascinating exceptions to this trend. Notably, the Albariño grape from Galicia and the Verdejo grape from Rueda have gained significant popularity and recognition. These two white grape varieties have captured the attention of wine enthusiasts both within Spain and abroad, showcasing the country’s ability to produce exceptional white wines with unique characteristics.
We have compiled a comprehensive list of key players to shed light on the diverse grape varieties in Spain. It’s a testament to the country’s rich viticultural heritage and the remarkable regional nuances that shape its wines. One striking observation is the variation in names for certain grape varieties depending on the region. This highlights the deep-rooted connection between grape varieties and their geographical origins, adding a layer of intrigue and complexity to the Spanish wine landscape.
Among the notable grape varieties, one is Spain’s most famous and emblematic—the Tempranillo. Renowned for its versatility and ability to produce outstanding red wines, Tempranillo goes by different names across the country. In the Ribera del Duero region, it is commonly referred to as Tinto Fino, while in Catalonia, it is known as Ull de Llebre. In the La Mancha region, another name for Tempranillo is Cencibel. This grape variety holds a special place in Spanish winemaking history and continues to captivate wine enthusiasts with its robust character and potential for aging.
By delving into the world of Spanish grape varieties, we aim to illuminate the richness and diversity of the country’s winemaking tradition. Whether the classic Tempranillo or lesser-known gems waiting to be discovered, Spain offers a captivating array of grape varieties contributing to its reputation as a dynamic and vibrant wine-producing nation.
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