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Spanish Wine

Spanish wine conjures up the names of Rioja, famous for both red and white wines, and Sherry to most people and although these wines deserve their popularity and status there is a growing number of fine wines from Spain that are also worthy of serious consideration. Spain has more land area under vine than any other wine-producing country but the often harsh climate and drought conditions traditionally result in low yields and a struggle to ripen grapes sufficiently in many vineyard locations. Since 1995, and a change in Spain's wine laws making irrigation a possibility for those who can afford to drill for water and install irrigation systems, overall yields are on the increase.

view of a typical Spanish vineyard

The wines of Rioja, Priorat and Ribera del Duero are internationally renowned and, although the fabulous bodega-aged wines of Lopez de Heredia in the Rioja Alta sub-region are highly-acclaimed and deservedly so, there is a noticeable movement generally away from very long ageing in wood and a greater emphasis on fresher tasting wines with more fruit and perhaps more definition which are made available for sale earlier and which chimes well with younger wine drinkers in international markets. The Albariño grape makes very refreshing wine in the north western D.O. of Rias Baixas in Galicia north of the border of Portugal where the same grape (known as Alvarinho there) produces the best white Vinho Verde wines.

Approximately 90% of Spain's vineyards are planted at high altitudes which also helps to boost acidity levels thus producing fresher wines – Castilla-La Mancha on the central plateau and Castilla y León in the north are two such regions. The more international outlook is also reflected in the planting of non-indigenous grape varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay which was pioneered by the family-owned wine producer Miguel Torres in Penedes near Barcelona.

  1. Bodegas Castro Martin, Albariño, Family Estate Selection, 2012

    Bodegas Castro Martin, Albariño, Family Estate Selection, 2012

    This Albariño from Bodegas Castro Martin is somewhat restrained on the nose however this light-medium bodied white from Galicia (on the north Atlantic coast of Spain) comes into its own palatally.

    Details
    Colour White Wine
    Grape Variety Albarino
    Country Spain

    Out of stock

  2. Faustino Gran Reserva, Rioja, 1976

    Faustino Gran Reserva, Rioja, 1976

    This Faustino Gran Reserva Rioja is a Tempranillo dominated blend with a small proportion of both Graciano and Mazuelo grapes.

    Details
    Colour Red Wine
    Grape Variety Tempranillo
    Country Spain

    £48.27

    Out of stock

  3. Lopez de Heredia, Viña Gravonia Blanco, Rioja, 2002

    Lopez de Heredia, Viña Gravonia Blanco, Rioja, 2002

    This superb white Rioja from the 2002 vintage has lovely aromas of honeysuckle and beeswax with a refreshingly crisp palate. This will drink well now and for another 5 - 10 years.

    Details
    Colour White Wine
    Grape Variety Macabeo
    Country Spain

    Out of stock

  4. Lopez de Heredia, Viña Tondonia Reserva, Rioja, 2001

    Lopez de Heredia, Viña Tondonia Reserva, Rioja, 2001

    A wine with fantastic concentration - full of ripe fruits caressed by oak with a nose to rival the best, this medium-bodied red Rioja from the Lopez de Heredia winery combines maturity with elegance.

    Details
    Colour Red Wine
    Grape Variety Tempranillo
    Country Spain

    Out of stock

  5. Torres Gran Coronas Black Label Reserva, Penedes, 1978

    Torres Gran Coronas Black Label Reserva, Penedes, 1978

    Torres Gran Coronas Black Label Reserva 1978 is made exclusively from Cabernet Sauvignon grapes from a single vineyard in the Penedès region south-west of Barcelona in Catalonia.

    Details
    Colour Red Wine
    Grape Variety Cabernet Sauvignon
    Country Spain

    £48.27

    Out of stock

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