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The Illustrated Guide to Spanish Wines

Updated: Mar 15, 2022

The illustrated guide to Spanish wines
Spanish Wines

Learning about the finer points of wine can be a delightful and vibrant experience. However, with the vast array of wines available in the market, it can be difficult to know where to start. You may even find yourself staring at label after label, unsure of what to expect until you finally decide on a bottle. So, where does one take the first step in the journey to exploring the wines of the world?

This illustrated guide will touch on the basics of Spanish wines and the range of options that its different regions have to offer. By the end of this article, you'll be able to pick out a bottle you're sure you'll enjoy.

Why Spanish Wines?

Spain may just be the third-largest producer of wine in the world, but Spanish wines are the most popular on the planet. The country's geographical features as a peninsula create a variety of climates across its numerous wine regions. The result is a diverse selection of wines that, in a way, reflect the unique climate and cuisine each region has to offer.

Additionally, each region is steeped in tradition with its winemaking, resulting in distinct and consistent wines.

Another aspect of Spanish wine is its accessibility. Many Spanish wineries will age the wine in oak barrels and bottles before selling them. This provides many beginners the opportunity to sample cellared wines without the investment for the storage space. These wines are great for beginners as they are modestly priced compared to French or Italian wines.

Spanish wines illustrated guide
The illustrated guide to Spanish wines

Key Terms to Know

  • Denominación de Origen (DO)

  • Aging