So you decided to try a Spanish wine, the first wine that you will probably try is a Tempranillo. The grape that this wine is made of is planted in a lot of places in Spain. It has a couple of names, Tinto Fino, Tinto de Toro, Cencibel, Ull de Llebre, and Tinto del Pais.
The wines from this region have great flavors of earth and fruit. In this region, Tempranillo grapes are mixed with others like Graciano, Mazuelo, or Maturana Tinta. Sometimes, people who make wines will add non-standard grapes like the Cabernet Sauvignon.
People will often call Rioja wines modern or maybe even traditional. These wines are aged in barrels made from American Oak. These barrels add a little bit of coconut and dill flavor to the wine. They can also be aged in French oak barrels. In this case, the flavors added to the wine are baking spice and vanilla. Most winemakers will use only one of these methods, but some are known to use methods that encompass both of these. In these cases, the wine is usually aged in a barrel that is made from both types of oak.
Ribera del Duero
In this region, wines are mostly completely Tempranillo, and are very rarely mixed with other varieties. The region of Ribera del Duero is the second most famous of the top quality wines of Tempranillo wine. In Rioja, American oak is used, but in this region, the taste you will feel will be mostly cinnamon, scalp, and vanilla. This region is much richer than Rioja. How old wine is, will tell you labels – Gran Reserva, Reserva, and Crianza.
Wines from this region will be great for you if you love California sunny wines, but you are also looking for a bit of earthy note. Most vineyards in this place were built as terraces due to a very steep landscape. In Priorat is also a unique layer of soil (lichorella). Such terrain conditions lead to the fact that grapevines must dig deep into the ground to find enough nutrients and water. These red wines are mainly produced from the varieties Carinena and Garnacha, mainly mixed with Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, and others. If these wines are above the price you were planning to pay, look for it from the region next to – Montasant.
It is true that white Spanish wines are less well known than reds. Nevertheless, they are equally good in quality, and sometimes their beauty can surprise. Do not hesitate to try them. We offer you the best white Spanish wines which you should try. Some of them will surely become your favorite.
The name of this wine means “wheel.” It is the most famous Spanish white wine grown in the cities of Avila and Segovia, as well as in the wine growing region of Castilla y Leon. This wine is made from the variety of grapes Verdejo, and it is often mixed with the Sauvignon blanc variety. It is very certain that this type of wine enjoys such a great success around the world precisely because the local clay is used in the clarification process.
The wine region of La Rioja, Spain, is best known for the production of red wine. But this renowned region certainly produces a very good white wine. If you’ve ever heard of Rioja Blanco, this is exactly that. It is made from Virua (Macabeo) grapes that are mostly mixed with Garnacha Blanca or Malvasia. What makes this wine special is the aroma of mild fruitiness and acidity that is obtained from Virua, and which blends perfectly with the aromas of other grapes in the wine.
And the rest
Cava and Sherry are drinks from Spain, and it is very likely that you have surely tried them so far. Sherry is a drink made in Andalusia, in a city that has been the center of vinoculture since 1100 B.C., in the city of Jerez. The name of this wine originates from the name of the city because Jerez is pronounced “Sherish” in Arabic. Cava is a type of champagne, and it was created in Catalonia in response to French champagne. This wine is much cheaper than French champagne, but it is surprisingly of equal quality. Other high-quality Spanish wines are Riberio and Basque txakoli. The first one is from Galicia region that is known for this kind of wine, and the second one is climbing very fast upmarket.
Whether you like to enjoy those cheaper bottles of wine or you just adore the classic, Spain is certainly a country that has much to offer. If you enjoy most of the wines of a “new world” like those from Australia, America, and California, Spanish wines will be a great introduction into the world of this old classic drink. If you do not know where to start, you can always look at the wines we have in our offer. And now there is a short and simple introduction to this Spanish drink of the gods.
Many of the Spanish wineries will age the wine for you not only in barrels, but also in a bottle, which is what makes the wine extremely special. Wines that are aged the longest in the winery mostly have a label “Gran Reserva” on the bottle. Then, the next labels are “Reserva”, “Ciranza” and at the end “Joven” – the wine that spent the shortest time in the wineries. Given that it is a European Union country, stickers on bottles of wine are very similar those that are in Italy and France. All our wines are made with the greatest love and care to bring you the finest taste and pleasure when drinking.
The climate in Spain varies greatly depending on the region. In the central part of the country, summers are very warm, and winter is extremely cold, while in other regions the weather varies from a constantly very cold to constantly and extremely warm. Weather is very important in the process of how the wine will taste, and what color will it have. It affects how much grapes will be matured, how many will there be, the size, smell, and on where it will be between sweet, bitter and sour. The taste of wine depends at large on this. But one thing is certain – the Spanish climate is very friendly to all types of wine, so almost every taste there is in the world can also be found in Spain, and it will have very high quality.