Spanish wine - Wines and wine brands of Spain
The most famous Spanish wine is without doubt Rioja, but that does not mean that the delicious Rioja Brand Wines are all that the sunny Spanish wine yards has to offer.
Right now the very most prestigious Spanish wines are not the already world famous Rioja wines: The Spanish wine district Rivera del Duero is now offering some of the very, very best red wines in the world.
Spanish wine - Wines and wine brands of Spain: Ribera del Duero, Rioja, Cava
Now, talking about Spanish white wines the winner is with no doubt the wines with denomination Rueda: The white wines produced in the north Spanish wine district Rueda are simply the best top quality white wines with a fresh and fruity scent that reminds of spring or early summer days, and at the same time with a clear taste of delicious mature summer and autumn fruits like green apples, pears and a slight touch of sweet citric fruits like Clementines.
The sparkling Spanish white wines denominated Cava are quite unknown by their own name: The sparkling Spanish Cava Wines are often sold as "Spanish Champagne". The Spanish Champagne - Cava is very similar to the French variety but the price is normally much lower comparing to the classic French Champagne . The Spanish Cava has a softer and smoother bubble than the French Champagne, and that is an advantage as it makes the Spanish sparkling wine more suitable to be served as wine or drink with a meal. For example with fish and seafood.
And again there is much more more to say about Spanish wines: What about Spanish SHERRY?
Rioja - Rioja Wine: The Brand Rioja Wines
The official Spanish denomination Rioja Wine, Denominacion de Origen Rioja, is a brand name recognised worldwide for its history, experience and tradition. The wines from Rioja in northern Spain are among the very best wines in the world.
The Spanish wine district Rioja consolidated its position of international leadership in 2007 with the Wine Star 2007 prize for the Wine Region of the year in the United States awarded by the renowned magazine Wine Enthusiast, one of the most influential wine publications in the United States. Read more: Click HERE >>
Cava - The Spanish Version of Champagne: Spanish Party Bubbles
Cava – The sparkling wine produced in Catalonia, similar to French Champagne, sold 228 million bottles in 2008, 1.38% more than the previous year. Exports Key facts grew by 9.6% to 139 million bottles (77% in the EU), a real record. Increased sales abroad are the result of spectacular growth in exports to Germany, the number one cava importer, which in one year went from buying 41 million bottles to 51.4 million, up 25.4%. It is followed by the United Kingdom, with 30.5 million bottles, and the United States, with 14.5 million bottles. In this area, Freixenet, headed by José Luís Bonet – chairman of Alimentaria – is the leading Spanish cava producer and exporter. (Source: Cava Control Board)
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Spanish Sherry: Jerez
The Jerez-Sherry appellation of origin embraces the triangle formed by Jerez, Sanlúcar de Barrameda and El Puerto de Santa María, although it can also be extended to parts of Chiclana, Chipiona, Rota and Trebujena. What makes these wines special, apart from the climate, are the procedures used in the winemaking process, such as mixing old wines with new, so that we talk of soleras rather than “vintages”. Another special feature is the formation of a layer of fermentation – the “flor” – which is what determines whether or not a wine will be a fino. If the flor does not appear, the wine will be an oloroso. Depending on colour, flavour and strength, sherries can be classified as finos, amontillados, olorosos, moscateles, palo cortado or Pedro Ximénez. The most important wines from the province of Huelva are those of El Condado, which are similar to sherry in type. The production is consumed almost exclusively in Andalusia.
The traditional sweet Malaga wines, which the Arabs called “charab al malaquí” (syrup of Malaga) and for which the province was famous before the explosive growth of tourism, the wines that were exported to the Vatican and delighted the Czars of Imperial Russia, have not been alone for some years now.
Five years ago Malaga Virgen, one of the best-known firms, introduced to the market four new products that are far removed from the classic sweet wines. These include red and rosé wines and even vinegars, without counting its designer line of very high quality vintages in a bottle made to the order of the gourmet.
As in the case of the firm referred to previously, most Malaga wineries these days have introduced new products or are on the verge of doing so, a clear demonstration of the dynamic nature of the wine-producing industry in Malaga. According to the Regulatory Council, the production from the last season came to about 1,890,000 litres, most bearing the Malaga Appellation of Origin. The number of wine cellars continues to grow and a number of them also serve as tourist attractions. Thirty-two have already been registered with the aforementioned Regulatory Council with the Malaga and Sierras de Malaga Appellations of Origin.
Wines from Galicia - Galician wines
Wine growing has a 2000-year-old tradition in Galicia. All possible types of Wine can be found here, growing mainly in the valleys, following the river courses and making the landscape tremendously attractive. The harvest the grape in Galicia begins normally in the month of August and goes on until October. The wines from Galicia are usually young and the alcohol content is between 11 and 13 degrees. The Galician whites are among the most prized Spanish wines worldwide, and are of extraordinary quality.
Fine Spanish Wines: The Prestigious Peñin Wine Guide to Spanish Wines
The world's leading authority on Spanish wines: Grupo Peñín recently celebrated the launch of the 4th edition of its iconic New Values & Best Wines – The Peñín Guide to Spanish Wine.
The celebration was held in The Powerhouse at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. This trade- and press-focused tasting event, which included 60 exhibiting tables and 70 wineries, has grown each year since 2007, keeping pace with increased interest in the various wine growing regions of Spain. During this year's event, 30 wine producing regions of the country were represented, including many which are familiar to US consumers (Rioja, Ribera del Duero, Rías Baixas or Cava), as well as exciting areas less known to American wine drinkers such as Mentrida, Ribera del Júcar, Madrid or Mallorca. In addition to an interesting cross section of distinct wine regions, the tasting showcased specialized wineries including Elvi Wines, which produces only Kosher wines.
In the most recent Peñin guide, 'New Values' represents new wines that have received over 88 points out of 100, and 'Best Wines' includes wines having scored 91 plus points, which ensured a tasting that featured only interesting and well crafted, premium wines from established and newly emerging wine producing areas of Spain.
Castillo d'Ygay by Marques de Murrieta, Cirsión by Bodegas Roda, Cantos del Diablo by Jimenez- Landi and the wines Viñas Viejas & Nº2 Victoria by Bodegas Jorge Ordoñez are some of the stunning Spanish wines which were exhibited at the showroom.
Spanish Wine in your iPhone
The Repsol Guide to Spanish Wines is now available for iPhone. The free download application at the Apple Store allows users to check information on 1,450 Spanish wines and 655 Spanish wine cellars instantly, without the need for an internet connection. Once it is downloaded, the Guide is stored on the iPhone, giving instant information without the need to wait for data to load.
The size and ease of use of the iPhone give added value to this new version of the Spanish Wine Guide, which complements the current printed and online editions, allowing users to select their favourite wines, search for a wine cellar, a particular product or the best option on a restaurant menu, at any time and any place.
The Repsol Guide to Spanish Wines for iPhone allows users to search by name, type, scores, classification, year, Autonomous Community of origin and price. The result is displayed in a simple datasheet which includes the source and quality, possible combinations and the optimum storage temperature. Users can save the chosen datasheets, enabling them to view the characteristics of the selected wine at any time. Read more: Click HERE >>
Spanish wines are becoming increasingly more important on the international market.
After relegating France to third place in the volume ranking for wine exporting countries in 2008, Spain held on to its number two position in 2009. It is very close to Italy, with the two countries being separated by just 300,000 hectares, demonstrating that Spanish wine maintains its exceptional position abroad. (Source: International Organisation of Vine and Wine). Germany is the main importer of Spanish wines, with 1.73 billion in 2008, followed by the U.S.A. – 1 billion, and the United Kingdom, with 955 million. Japan is especially noteworthy, with a 110% increase in purchases by litre, up to 10 million, of which 40% were cavas and sparkling wines. (Source: International Organisation of Vine and Wine)
Global wine consumption generated more than 150 billion dollars (over 118 billion euro) in 2008. (Source: International Wine and Spirit Record - IWSR). More than 43 million consumers around the world drink Spanish wine relatively often: 7 million do so at least once a week and another 36 million at least once every three months. (Source: Wine Intelligence)