Spain is the third wine producer in the world after France and Italy, and has more than a million hectares of land dedicated to viticulture.
Spanish wines (vinos) are classified according to their "Denominación de Origen" (D.O.) depending on the region they originate from (the prestigious Rioja being just one of the many regions).
The following map illustrates some of the most famous regions with "Denominación de Origen".
Top 10 Spanish Wines and Famous Brands.
Brands: Marqués de Cáceres, Marqués de Villamagna, Marqués de Riscal, Ysios, Ramón Bilbao, Torre Muga, Herencia Remondo, Gran Albina, Mi Villa, Viña Olagosa, Prado Enea, Viña Alcorta, Azpilicueta, Siglo Saco, Campillo, Marqués de Vitoria, Faustino, Viña Salceda, Barón de Ley, Izadi Expresión 98, 200 Monjes, Señorío de Amezola, Puerta Vieja, Mayor de Ondarre, Imperial, Solar Viejo, Perica, Cosme Palacio, Heras Cordón.
Ribera del Duero. Noted for its red wines made with Tempranillo grape.
Brands: Tarsus, Prado Rey, Bracomonte, Conde de Siruela, Vega Izán, Dehesa de los Canónigos, Emilio Moro, Tinto Arroyo, Protos, Condado de Haza, Marqués de Velilla, Tinto Federico, Viña Mayor, Páramo de Guzmán.
Rueda. White wines with Verdejo grape.
Brands: Aura, Viña Mocen, Viña Cantosan, Tinto Cubi, Martvilli, Palacio de Bornos, Almirantazgo de Castilla, Doñalda, Viña Cimbrón, Valdemoya, Viña Cascalera, Carmín.
Brands: Estola, Condesa de Leganza, Castillo de Venízar, Viña Soledad, Marqués de Castilla, Fontal, Quercus, Veronés, Varones, Casa Gualda, Portillejo, Torre de Gazate.
Brands: Casa de la Viña, Pata Negra, Señorío de los Llanos, Pago Lucones, Majano.
Brands: Camparrón, Gran Muruve, Gran Colegiata, Gran Cermeño.
Brands: Tío Pepe, Millenium, Fino Quinta, La Ina, La Gintana, Vieja Solera.
Brands: Finca Dofi, Clos Mogador, Cims de Porrera.
Brands: San Trocado, Gran Reboreda, Viña Mein, Villa de Martín, Airon, Beade Primicia.
Rías Baixas. White wines with Albariño grape.
Brands: Martín Códax, Terra D'ouro, Pazo de Villarei, Abadía de San Campio, Terras Gauda, Villarei.
According to their aging time Spanish wines are classified as:
a) Red wines with a minimum aging time of 2 years, of which at least 6 months must have been in oak wood barrels.
b) White and rosé wines with a minimum aging time of 18 months, of which at least 6 must have been in oak wood barrels.
a) Red wines with a minimum aging time of 3 years, of which at least 1 must have been in oak wood barrels, and 2 years in bottle.
b) White and rosé wines with a minimum aging time of 2 years, of which at least 6 months have been in oak wood barrels, and 18 months in bottle.
a) Red wines with a minimum aging time of 5 years, of which at least 18 months must have been in oak wood barrels, and 42 months in bottle.
b) White and rosé wines with a minimum aging time of 4 years, of which at least 6 months must have been in oak wood barrels, and 42 months in bottle.
Aging time: Crianza.
Denominación de Origen: Rioja.
Grape variety: 100% Tempranillo.
Tasting Notes: Bright deep ruby red color.
On the nose it shows ripen wild berries (blackberries, blackcurrants) and balsamic aromas with a subtle background of vanilla, pepper and bay leaf.
In the mouth it is structured and the clean hues of noble wood, well assembled with ripen fruits, reappear.
It remains long in the aftertaste, with a pleasant and spicy finish.
Service: Temperature 16-17º C. Matches with cured pork products, light chesses and a great variety of meat or even with blue fish.
Aging time: Reserva.
Denominación de Origen:
Ribera del Duero.
Grape variety: 98% Tinta del País, 2% Cabernet Sauvignon.
Tasting Notes: A wine with own character. Aromas of deep, dark fruit, coffe and spices. A Reserva wine, highly complex, result of its careful production and aging precesses. Powerful, with solid, meaty body.