Wines of Spain

Spain has been producing a multitude of quality wines for centuries in the fine air and sunshine of the Spanish countryside. The climate is superb for grape growing in most regions of Spain, and we offer a description of the wines from three regions of Spain.

Northern Spain

In the north, immigrants from the Bordeaux region populate the area of Rioja, and make some very fine wines indeed. Famous labels from Rioja include Faustino, Marqués de Cáceres, and La Rioja Alta.

Red, rose and white wines are produced in the north-central region of Navarra. Names from this area include Bodega de Sarría, Guelbenzu, Magaña, Ochoa, and Príncipe de Viana.

Further west the area of Galicia is noted for the full-bodied white wines they produce. A sure bet would be something from the region of Ribeiro in Galicia.

So, we suggest Rioja and Navarra for reds, and Galicia for whites.

Also in the north of Spain is the Basque country, where there is a small area known as Txacoli de Guetaria, which makes an unusual and spicily tart wine.

The major grape varieties grown in northern Spain are Tempranillo, Garnacha, Graciano and Mazuelo. In Navarra they also grow Cabernet Sauvignon grapes and blend them with Tempranillo for an excellent vintage. Garnacha grapes are made into rosados (rosés). Galicia grows Albariño, Loureira and Treixadura grapes for their wines..

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