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Spanish Wines by Region

The 4,100 wineries registered in Spain fall within 74 'Denominaciones de Origen', i.e. designations of origin and other geographical, quality appellations. We have gouped them all in just 6 regions in mainland Spain plus the Balearics and Canary Islands. Spain is only second to Switzerland in Europe as to average altitude. Iberian orography, wit...

The 4,100 wineries registered in Spain fall within 74 'Denominaciones de Origen', i.e. designations of origin and other geographical, quality appellations. We have gouped them all in just 6 regions in mainland Spain plus the Balearics and Canary Islands. Spain is only second to Switzerland in Europe as to average altitude. Iberian orography, with a high central plateau, different mountain ranges, rivers and sea coasts, set the base for Spain's intrinsic diversity of which climate, soil, grape varieties and wine styles are best representative examples. Each one of those 8 Spanish wine regions have however enough in common to serve as a gateway to understand the complex universe of traditional and modern Spanish wines.

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  • Northern Fringe

    The Northern Fringe includes the westernmost corner of Spain, Galicia, and the Atlantic strip up to the Basque Country. Internationally renowned DOs include Rias Baixas with its appreciated Albariño whites and Bierzo in the hilly part of the inland province of Leon, popular mainly because of Mencia reds and Godello whites.

  • Central
    Spain is at the world's top with a total of 1 million hectares under vine. Castile or central Spain is a large wine producing area. Only DO La Mancha has half a million hectares of vineyards. Other smaller but significant designations of origin include Mentrida and Madrid. This area is so vast that grape varieties used are numerous. Number one red is Tempranillo, also referred to as Cencibel in Castile. Garnachas from high altitude vineyards near northwest of Madrid have recently gained much popularity because of their difference with Garnacha from other areas in Spain with milder climate. White is dominated by Airen. White Albillo Real has in recent years been recovered from near extinction. It produces wines somehow similar to Viura (Macabeo) and takes the surname of Real because it was historically drunk by the Spanish royals in and around Madrid.
  • North Central
    The northern part of Castile revolves around Toro, Rueda, Valladolid and the Duero river. Rueda with its dominating grape, Verdejo, accounts for the largest share of Spanish white wine with a designation of origin. DO Ribera del Duero is one of Spain's ensign wine regions thanks to its Tinta del Pais (Tempranillo) reds.  
  • North East
    The northeastern region includes DO Rioja, by far Spain's leading wine appellation from many perspectives. Rioja is mainly known for its Tempranillo reds, often blended with minor parts of Graciano or Mazuelo (Carignan) and also for its Viura (Macabeo) whites. The Northeast includes other significant wine producing areas in volume and quality like Aragon and more specifically Cariñena, popular for its garnacha reds. Further north we find Navarre, historically but not exclusively renowned for its garnacha rosés.
  • Mediterranean
    Mediterranean
  • Majorca
    Majorca produces surprisingly high quality wines with a lot of personality not only from local, unique varieties but with more common ones too.
  • Andalusia

    First thing that comes to mind about Andalusian wine is the world's famous range of sherry styles

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