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From the mist-shrouded north coast to the sun-scorched
plains of the Inner Plateau, Spain has more land under vine
than any other country

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Spain's popular regions

Rías Baixas
Rioja vineyard

The most renowned Spanish wine region

Rioja is the most renowned wine region in Spain, and the first to be awarded Spain’s higher Denominación de Origin. There are three sub-regions; Rioja Alavesa, Rioja Alta and Rioja Baja. Most Rioja is a blend of various grape varieties from more than one sub-region, but Tempranillo is the principle grape in most Rioja blends, with Garnacha added to provide body and colour. Rioja is also typically aged in oak, providing a soft flavour.

Rias Baixas vineyard

Some of Spain’s best white wines are found here

Part of the Galicia region, the coastal area of Rías Baixas is heavily influenced by the sea. It has a cool, maritime climate with plenty of rainfall on the green hillsides. Some of Spain’s best white wines are found here thanks to the success of the Albariño grape which thrives in these conditions. Albariño represents more than 90% of the wines planted here, and makes refreshing, aromatic wines that are very popular.

Navarra vineyard

One of Spain’s most exciting wine regions

Lying between Rioja and Bordeaux, over the border in France, Navarra is an exciting and officially recognised Denominación de Origin region. The majority of its vineyards are planted on the slopes of the Pyrenees and are served by the waters of the River Ebro. Though it benefits from the expertise of its neighbours, Navarra still retains its own unique style. The majority of wine produced is either red or rosé using the classic Spanish varietal Garnacha.

About Spain

Spain produces a wonderful array of wines, including bright, refreshing whites from Rías Baixas and rich, age-worthy Riojas, as well as Cava and fortified sherry. Vines are woven into the Spanish countryside, making a vast tapestry that stretches across the great land mass from the windy north Atlantic coast to the palm trees of the Mediterranean.

The wine styles found in Spain are a direct reflection of this diverse geography. They are largely made from indigenous Spanish grape varieties and designed to complement the local cuisine. Although Spain tends to focus on native grapes, the past few decades have seen the introduction of international varieties.

Discover more about Spain’s diverse and exciting wines through our region guides below.

Spain's wider regions


Meaning ‘beneath the mountain’, Somontano stretches down from the Pyrenees, across the foothills to the plains below. In general, Somontano has a continental climate but the significant temperature differences between day and night allow the grapes to maintain a favourable balance of acid and sugars. Somontano’s vineyards grow a mixture of local Spanish grape varieties as well as international, ranging from Tempranillo and Garnacha Tinta to Merlot and Pinot Noir.

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La Mancha

As well as being the largest single designated wine region in Spain, La Mancha is also the largest in Europe. This is a region of extremes, with temperatures of more than 40 degrees centigrade in summer and hard frosts in winter. The white Airén variety is a local favourite thanks to its ability to withstand tough conditions, though it is not this hardy variety that contributes to the region's best examples. Instead, Tempranillo leads the way, with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot often added for body and structure.

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Not far from the plains of La Mancha lies Yecla, one of Spain’s smallest wine regions. Battered by autumn storms and with temperatures fluctuating from minus five in winter to 40 degrees centigrade in summer, this can be an inhospitable region to work in. Despite there being only 11 principle bodegas (Spanish for wineries) the region produces all sorts of styles of wine, but it’s the red wines from the Monastrell grape that tend to be the best quality.

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Calatayud is Aragôn’s second largest wine-producing region. Just south west of Zaragoza, it’s the hottest and driest part of the Ebro valley despite being served by the River Jalón. The contrast between the scorching summers and cold winters helps produce powerful wines with high alcohol levels. Garnacha (Grenache) is Calatayud’s signature grape and goes some way to explain the region’s reputation for producing full-bodied and bold red wines. Macabeo dominates the region’s white grape selection with small amounts of Malvasia and Chardonnay to be found.

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Penedès is a Mediterranean coastal region just a few miles west of Barcelona in Catalunya. It’s the largest wine-producing region in Catalunya and the birthplace of Cava, Spain’s sparkling wine. Penedès is one of Spain’s Denominación de Origin (DO) regions, a classification similar to the French Appelation Controlée, denoting high quality wine made in a specified region. Grape varieties that flourish in Penedès include Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot, Riesling, Macabeu and Chardonnay.

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Valdeorras is the easternmost part of Galicia, an important wine region in North East Spain. The area has a continental climate affected by the Mediterranean and Atlantic and sits in the basins of the rivers Xares, Bibei and Sil. Godello, a native white grape, reigns supreme in Valdeorras and is known for its citrus notes and mineral flavours. Mencia is Valdeorras' principal red grape and it creates excellent young red wines bursting with berry fruits and liquorice.

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Priorat is a vibrant and high quality wine region, and was also granted DO status (Denominación de Origen) in 2000. The region is best known for intense, characterful and powerful reds, which come from old-vine Garnacha, the traditional grape variety grown in this region. The grapes flourish on the unique Ilicorellas soils (slate and quartz) that characterise the region - retaining heat overnight and providing good drainage and anchorage on the steep slopes.

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Ribera del Duero

Located in the heart of Spain’s Northern plateau, Ribera del Duero dedicates much of its wine-producing resource and expertise to cultivating the Tempranillo grape. Tempranillo, known locally as Tinto Fino or Tinto del Pais, dominates the vineyards of Ribera del Duero and transforms into a deep-coloured Spanish red wine with firm tannins and complex aromas. In a monopoly of red grapes, the Albillo is pretty much the only white variety grown in Ribera del Duero.

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Campo de Borja

Campo de Borja is a DO (Denominación de Origen) region within Spain’s province of Aragon. The area has a continental climate with greatly varying temperatures from day to day. Campo de Borja is renowned for its Garnacha grapes that produce strong and aromatic wines. Other grape varieties include the red Tempranillo, Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon and the white Moscatel and Macabeo.

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Located north west of Madrid in the community of Castile and Leon, Rueda has an excellent reputation for fine white wines made from the Verdejo grape, with approximately 90% of vineyards focusing on this grape. More recently Rueda has been growing other red grape varieties including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Garnacha, as well as the traditional Tempranillo.

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Extremadura borders Portugal in the South West corner of Spain and contains a DO (Denominación de Origen) sub-region called Ribera del Guadiana. Wines from anywhere else in Extremadura are awarded Vino de la Tierra status. Extremadura’s most prolific grape is Tempranillo, but the region grows a wide range of other grape varietals including Merlot, Verdejo and Pedro Ximénez.

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The town of Jerez de la Frontera is located within the Cadiz province of Andalucia in the south west corner of Spain. Infamous for producing Sherry (and Brandy), the main grape variety grown is Palomino Fino, but Pedro Ximénez - often referred to as PX - is also found in the region, too. Many of Jerez’s bodegas have existed for hundreds of years and the most popular styles coming out of the region are the drier Fino and Manzanilla sherries.

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Valdepeñas DO (Denominación de Origen) is located in the south of Castila La Mancha in central Spain and translates as ‘Valley of Rocks’. It’s no surprise therefore that it has a semi-arid climate with searing heat in summer contrasted by extreme cold in winter. Airén, the native white grape accustomed to growing in harsh conditions, thrives in Valdepeñas. Other grapes varieties include Macabeo, Verdejo, Tempranillo and Garnacha.

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