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Spain has many claims to fame when it comes to wine: Europe's highest vineyards, the world's best-selling sparkling wine in Cava and, in Sherry, a venerable fortified wine enjoying a well-earned renaissance.  It is the home of Rioja and Ribera del Duero, world-renowned wine regions, and Spain is planted with a greater area of vines than any other country in the world.  Yet these names and statistics only hint at a viniculture both traditional and dynamic, where native and international grapes are treated in the most modern of ways to capture their essence.  Spanish wine is now achieving variety, excellence and style.

Spain has many claims to fame when it comes to wine: Europe's highest vineyards, the world's best-selling sparkling wine in Cava and, in Sherry, a venerable fortified wine enjoying a well-earned renaissance.  It is the home of Rioja and Ribera del Duero, world-renowned wine regions, and Spain is planted with a greater area of... read more.

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History

The vine arrived in Spain on the ships of the Phoenicians long before it took root in the soil of France.  The Greeks made wine on the Mediterranean coast and the Romans intensified the process to quench the thirst of its legions.  The Moors brought the knowledge of distillation, which aided the export of sherry, but cultivated grapes mainly as food.  Spanish viticulture prospered for a short time in the nineteenth century when the phylloxera plague fanned out across Europe, but the root-eating insect managed to cross the Pyrenees and wrought havoc here as well.  Only recently, with the fall of Franco and entry to the EU, has Spain begun to realise its enormous potential.

The Classification System

Spain, remarkably, has devised a system of classification that is actively seeking to rival the French in complexity.  The Denominación de Origen (DO) is the standard classification of a quality wine, but there are two higher and three lower levels in use.  All have been designed for the benefit of the consumer and once understood are an invaluable guide to the wine.

Climate and Topography

Spain is very varied in its climate and topography, having a great diversity of warm and cool, wet and dry, and high- and low-altitude vineyards.  This allows a vast range of styles to be produced for local and, increasingly, international enjoyment.

The Wines of Today

Outside of Rioja, which has long enjoyed a fine reputation and an export market to match, Spain only recently awoke to its own vast potential.  Realisation began with the fall of Franco's government and the country's integration back into Europe.  Ideas and expertise were encouraged in the 1980s and helped to develop ambition and excellence.  Increased investment and regulation of standards are ensuring that Spain is consistently producing a suite of world class wines.  Even Sherry, so maligned and unfashionable, has recaptured the qualities that once made it so popular.  Spain is a country to explore for the old and the new.

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  1. Castell d'Olerdola Brut Reserva Cava

    Castell d'Olerdola Brut Reserva Cava, Spain 75cl

    Discreetly scented, with a good fruit structure and firm finish.

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  2. Castell d'Olerdola Brut Rosado Cava

    Castell d'Olerdola Brut Rosado Cava, Spain 75cl

    Deep pink, almost red in colour, with delicate floral notes and lots of strawberry aroma. Light on palate this a very easy drinking sparkling rosé.

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  3. Albariño Bernon Bodegas Aquitania, Rias Baixas

    Albariño Bernon Bodegas Aquitania, Rias Baixas, 2016 75cl

    Pale yellow in colour, this citrus fresh wine has delicious green apple flavours and white flower aromas. Soft and rounded on the palate with a light lemon zest notes.

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  4. Via Arxentea, Treixadura Godello, Monterrei

    Via Arxentea, Treixadura Godello, Monterrei, 2015 75cl

    Pale yellow in colour with green highlights. Intense aromas of white fruits and apple, peach and mango. Citrus notes and quince on the palate are accompanied by bay leaves and mild spice. This is a refreshing wine with good acidity and a long and fruity aftertaste.

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  5. Basa Blanco Telmo Rodríguez, Rueda

    Basa Blanco Telmo Rodríguez, Rueda, 2016 75cl

    Made by relentlessly innovative Spanish winemaker Telmo Rodriguez, who fights the corner for local varieties Viura and Verdejo, with just a little Sauvignon for grassy freshness. The succulent result is packed with crisp, clean flavours of yellow plums and white peaches.

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  6. Borsao Macebeo, Campo de Borja

    Borsao Macebeo, Campo de Borja, 2013 75cl

    Made from Marcebeo, on of Spain's many indigenous grape varieties, this wine is light and dry but has a wonderfully zingy apply finish.

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  7. Cellar Cal Pla Blanco, Porrera

    Cellar Cal Pla Blanco, Porrera, 2011 75cl

    We have been big fans of this wine for severval years and it is a truly stunning white from this little wine producing corner of Spain. Soft and rounded yet it has a wonderful complex flowery, tropical fruit character. This is what Spanish whites are all about!

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  8. El Transistor Blanco, Ruedo

    El Transistor Blanco, Ruedo, 2012 75cl

    This is a 100% Verdejo which is picked entirely old vines. The grapes are hand picked and aged in a number of casks of different types and sizes. The result is a wonderfully complex and interesting wine.

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  9. Green Fish Airen Verdejo, Rueda

    Green Fish Verdejo, Rueda, 2016 75cl

    Bags of zesty fresh fruit on the nose and palate define this lovely refreshing white. Dry, with subtle floral overtones, white peach and lemon are the most detectable, the finish is cleansing.

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  10. Masia F Blanco

    Masia F Blanco, 2014 75cl

    Soft, medium dry white wine produced to appeal to a broad range of taste profiles. Made from a blend of Airen grapes in central Spain, giving tropical fruit flavours.

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  11. Pleno Blanco, Navarra

    Pleno Blanco, Navarra, 2016 75cl

    Bright straw yellow in colour and fruity aroma this wine has a smooth, fresh, dry and well-balanced finish.

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  12. Xastra Godello, Bierzo

    Xastra Godello, Bierzo, 2014 75cl

    A beautiful fresh, dry, and ever so slightly floral wine with superb clarity of apple and pear fruit flavours. 

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