A Short Guide to Spanish Wines

Despite the popularity that beer and cocktails enjoy in Spain, the Iberian country is actually quite famous for its wines. If we come to think of it, one of the iconic Spanish beverages, sangria, represents a mix of wine, liquor and fruits.
Spanish wines match the exuberant nature of the Spaniards: they are rich, red wines. Northern Spain has the kind of Mediterranean climate which is very benefic for the cultivation of grapes; this is where the famous Rioja wines are produced. However, there are a number of excellent wines produced in the central and southern regions of Spain. With some recommendations from the Wine Spectator journal, here comes a short guide to Spanish wines (classified by their region):

La Rioja and Northern Spain Wines

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La Rioja region is treasured for its red, heavy wines. This is also the wine producing region with the most vintage wine varieties – depending on their age and provenience, Rioja wines can be quite expensive (like several thousand dollars expensive!). Some awarded Rioja Wines are Torre Muga 2004, Lan Edicion Limitada 2004, La Rioja Alta, Lopez de Heredia.
Close to Rioja you can find the wineries of Navarra and Ribera Del Duero. These are also responsible for some really successful wine varieties, especially Ribera Del Duero whose recent productions have become strong competitors for Rioja wines. Here are some of the wines which are typical for these two regions: Vega Sicilia, Pago de Los Capellas Crianzfa, Pago de Carrovejas. Navarra is one of the only producers of rose wines, which are called ‘rosada’ in Spain.

Central Spain Wines

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For what concerns Central Spain, the main wine producers are in La Mancha and Valdepenas. Here you’ll be able to find some white wines alongside the classical Spanish red wines (which, by the way, get their specific taste after they age in customized oak barrels). The aged wines from Valdepanas are known as Reserva and Gran Reserva”. Some smaller wineries can be found on the coast, near Valencia and Alicante.

Southern Spain Wines

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Condado de Huelva and Sherry in the south-east are the main wine producers for this hot and dry region of Spain. However, the grape varieties that grow here allow viticulturists to produce the whole scale of wines, from dry to sweet. The names for these wines have a familiar resonance so maybe you’ll remember some of them and give them a try if you ever have the occasion; they are Hidalgo, Osborne and Emilio Lustau.

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