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Spain

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, 2017 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. Pleno Blanco, Navarra

    Pleno Blanco, Navarra, 2017 75cl

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

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  5. Pleno Tempranillo, Navarra

    Pleno Tempranillo, Navarra, 2017 75cl

    The deep red colour hints at the richness of the palate. Fresh red berry fruit on the nose with a smooth and round mouth-feel.

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  6. Arjona, Tinto

    Arjona, Tinto, 2017 75cl

    A bright ruby-red colour, with shades of violet typical in its youth. The aroma is open and fruity with light touches of vanilla and other spices.

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    £8.10
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    £9.30
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    £6.75
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  7. Rioja Vega, Crianza

    Rioja Vega, Crianza, 2015 75cl

    Clean, bright ruby red with aromas of vanilla, toast and spices. Well structured, meaty and balanced in the mouth.

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    £9.54
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