Located on the Iberian Peninsula, Spain has over 2.9 million acres (over 1.17 million hectares) planted—making it the most widely planted wine producing nation but it is the third largest producer of wine in the world, the largest being France followed by Italy.
This is due, in part, to the very low yields and wide spacing of the old vines planted on the dry, infertile soil found in many Spanish wine regions. The country is ninth in worldwide consumptions with Spaniards drinking, on average, 21.6 litres (5.706 US gal) per person a year. The country has an abundance of native grape varieties, with over 400 varieties planted throughout Spain though 80 percent of the country’s wine production is from only 20 grapes—including the reds Tempranillo, Garnacha, and Monastrell; the whites Albariño from Galicia, Palomino, Airen, and Macabeo; and the three cava grapes Parellada, Xarel·lo, and Macabeo.
Major Spanish wine regions include the Rioja and Ribera del Duero, which are known for their Tempranillo production; Valdepeñas, drunk by Unamuno and Hemingway, known for high quality tempranillo at low prices; Jerez de la Frontera, the home of the fortified wine Sherry; Rías Baixas in the northwest region of Galicia that is known for its white wines made from Albariño and Catalonia which includes the Cava and still wine producing regions of the Penedès as well the Priorat region.
Bierzo is a DO for wines located in the northwest of the province of León (Castile and León, Spain) and covers about 3,000 km². Stylistically…View Region
Cariñena is located in the province of Zaragoza (Aragón). It is one of the oldest protected growing areas in Europe, the DO having been created…View Region
Castilla y Leon
Castilla-y-Leon, covering much of the central north of the country is the biggest autonomous region in Spain. As such it incorporates well known DOs Ribera…View Region
Getaria Txakoli (or Txakoli de Getaria or Getariako Txakolina) is is one of three wine producing areas in the Basque Country in the north of…View Region
It is the anglicisation of Jerez (Xeres) that gives us the word Sherry. Jerez the sherry producing region is in the south of Spain between…View Region
Jumilla extends over the north of the region of Murcia in south east Spain. There are currently 32,000 ha currently under vines in Jumilla with…View Region
La Mancha with over 190,000ha of vines is the largest continuous vine-growing area in the world (other larger regions are split). 22,000 grape-growers and over…View Region
Navarra, in northern Spain, is one of the country’s 17 first-level administrative regions (comunidades autónomas) and prolific wine region. Navarra DO was created in 1933…View Region
Penedès, to the south and inland of Barcelona, is the region of Spain best identified with Cava but is also the area that has pioneered…View Region
Rias Baixas is in Galicia, in the far north west immediately above the Portuguese border. It is famous for its indigenous grape Albarino which (apart…View Region
Ribera del Duero
Ribero del Duero lies north of Madrid alongside the Duero river which flows through Rueda and Toro into Portugal. Their red wines compete with Rioja for…View Region
La Rioja is Spain’s best known and most important region for the production of quality wines – called Rioja. La Rioja is subdivided into three…View Region
Rueda, north west of Madrid and south-west of Ribera del Duero, is famous for its crisp dry wines. It is one of the best, and…View Region
Tierra de Castilla
Vino de la Tierra de Castilla is a large denomination formed in 1999 taking in winegrowing areas outside the DOs of north east and central Spain. Vino…View Region
Valles de Sadacia
Valles de Sadacia is located within the region of La Rioja. Only white wines are produced as Vino de la Tierra (one step below DOC).…View Region