Spain

Rioja

The wine-growing region Rioja lies in the north of Spain, has a total vineyard area of just over 60,000 hectares and is one of the most traditional wine-growing regions in Spain. Here wines are produced, which can mature in appropriate quality extraordinarily long. The traditional way of maturing here is similar to that in Bordeaux, so the top wines are matured in barriques. Paraderebsorte in Rioja is quite clearly Tempranillo. Thus the most important red grape varieties are the aforementioned Tempranillo, Garnacha, Mazuelo and Graciano, as well as Viura for the white wines. Red wine in Rioja has a percentage of about 85%. Important places in Rioja are e.g. Briones, Fuenmayor, Haro, Elciego, Logroño, Ollauri or Labastida.

Top wineries in Rioja:

Priorat

The Priorat production area is located in the hills of the Serra Montsant in Catalonia and has a total vineyard area of around 1,700 hectares. The Priorat is a Spanish red wine region (90% red wine), which is characterised by wines rich in alcohol and very storable. The existing slate soil also brings a lot of minerality to the wines. The most planted grape varieties are the red Garnacha, Cariñena, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Merlot, as well as the white Garnacha Blanca, Chenin Blanc and Macabeo. Famous places are for example La Morera, Bellmunt, Gratallops, Poboleda or Porrera.

Top winegrowers are in the Priorat e.g.:

Ribera del Duero

The Ribera del Duero wine region is located in the Middle East of Castile-Léon and is crossed by the River Duero. The Ribera del Duero has a total vineyard area of just over 20,000 hectares. By far the most important grape variety is Tempranillo, which produces some of the best wines in the world. Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, Albilla and Garnacha are also cultivated here. The vineyards are spread over the four provinces of Burgos, Segovia, Soria and Valladolid.

Leading producers here are e.g:

Penedès

The Penedès wine-growing region is the most important wine-growing region in Catalonia and has a total area of about 27,000 hectares. It is divided into Baix Penedès, Mitja Penedès and Alt Penedès. In Penedès, over 100 different grape varieties are cultivated, the most important being Parellada, Macabeu, Xarel-lo, Muscat d'Alexandrie, Chardonnay for white wines and Garnacha, Monastrell, Cariñena, Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and Merlot for red wines. The white varieties dominate proportionally with about 60%, from which cava (sparkling wine) is also produced in Penedès.

Top producers are here for example:

Jerez

The wine-growing region Jerez is located in the southern Spanish Andalusia, surrounds the city of Jerez de la Frontera and has a total vineyard area of about 10,000 hectares. Jerez is home to a special wine called Sherry. Sherry is a sprinkled white wine, which can reach alcohol contents of over 20% by volume and covers a wide range of tastes from dry to sweet. The only approved grape varieties for sherry production are Palomino, Moscatel de Alejandria and Pedro Ximenez. The base wine is mostly from Palomino, in addition Moscatel de Alejandria and Pedro Ximenez are accompanying the blending partners, which bring, if desired, also the necessary sweetness and fruitiness into the wine. Due to the very high alcohol and partly high sugar content Sherry's are also enormously storable.

Top producers are here:

Jumilla

The Jumilla cultivation area is located in the Spanish region of Murcia and has a total planted area of about 41,000 hectares. In the 1980s, 100 years after the rest of Spain, phylloxera was infested, and the vineyards had to be replanted. This was the initial spark to reposition itself and to provide for an upswing in the region. The most important grape varieties are Monastrell, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Merlot for red wines, and Airén, Macabeo, Malvasia, Pedro Ximenez and Chardonnay for white wines. Well-known wine-growing towns are Ontur, Tobarra, Fuente-Alamo and Jumilla.

Leading wineries are e.g:

  • Casa Castillo
  • Bodegas Juan Gil
  • Bodegas Obsesión
  • Orowines – El Nido
  • Bodegas Carchelo

Terra Alta

The Terra Alta growing area is located in the Spanish province of Catalonia in northeastern Spain and has a total vineyard area of around 6,500 hectares. The most important grape varieties are Cabernet Franc, Cariñena, Garnacha, Merlot, Tempranillo and Syrah for red wine, as well as Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Garnacha Blanca, Macabeo, Parallada and Moscatel for white wine. The main wine growing areas are Corbera d´Ebre, Gandesa, Horta de San Joan, La Pobla de Massaluca and Caseres.

Top wineries are for example:

Yecla

The Yecla wine-growing region is located in the Spanish region of Murcia and has a total planted area of approximately 5,000 hectares. What is special about this area is that some of the vines here are very old, as Yecla has not been affected by phylloxera. The leading grape varieties are Monastrell, Garnacha, Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Merlot in the red range, as well as Airén and Macabeo in the white range, with white wines in Yecla clearly in the minority. The most famous place is Yecla, a town of the same name.

Top producers are around here:

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