The beautiful diverse vineyards of Spain are among my favorite places to visit. The country is rooted in centuries of tradition when it comes to winemaking. It offers an exciting array of wines but also great values. But one needn’t travel to Spain to experience what this dynamic wine country has to offer.
The Spanish government guarantees the authenticity of its wine by designating each with a region of origin or Demoniacion de Origen (D.O.). The laws behind these distinctions define the location, grape used, maximum yields allowed, aging requirements in bottle and barrel and alcohol content. Today, more than 60 wine regions have unique D.O. designations.
Spanish Cava has been produced in the Penedes region since the late 1800s using the same winemaking method as the honored Champagne but with indigenous grapes. The resulting wine is fresh, fizzy bubbly at half the price of even the least expensive Champagnes.
- NV Segura Viudas Brut Reserva, Spain (about $12 retail)
- NV Conquilla Brut Cava, Spain (about $16 retail)
Albarino is stealing the limelight for white wine around the world. It is produced and grown in the northwest corner of Spain in the Rias Baixas region. The region is cooler than most of Spain, resulting in the crisp, fragrant characteristics of this wine.
- 2017 Kentia Albarino, Spain (about $15 retail)
- 2017 Laxas Albarino, Spain (about $19 retail)
The Rioja region, known the world over for its red wines, produces several distinct dry roses, which beg to be discovered.
- 2017 Campo De Borja Borsao Rose, Spain (about $10 retail)
- 2017 Marques de Caceres Rioja Rose, Spain (about $14 retail)
Rioja is the most recognized of Spain’s red wines. The region has had tremendous growth due mostly to the production of exceptional quality wines offered at a reasonable price. These wines are produced from the tempranillo grape and are fresh, fruity, robust and complex.
- 2016 Campo Viejo Rioja Crianza, Spain (about $13 retail)
- 2016 Beronia Gran Reserva, Spain (about $30 retail)
Many still think of sherry as the cheap sweet wine of 20 or 30 years ago. That not the case today with Spanish producers bottling some of the most luscious, rich and smooth sweet wines in the world.
- Osborne Pedro Ximenez Sherry, Spain (about $23 retail)
- Fernando de Castilla Oloroso Sherry, Spain (about $40 retail)