10 Things About Spanish Wines
Of all the wines in the world, Spanish wines occupy a special place in the hearts of wine lovers. They are rich, festive, full of celebration and go well with different dishes, thanks to the diverse culture of Spanish wines that makes them unique and distinctive.
Here are the 10 unique facts about Spanish wines that we at Dis&Dis have prepared for you to bring you closer to the divine taste of Spanish wine.
A long history
Spain has a rich history of vines, over 3,000 years old, longer than the French viticulture. In the beginning, the people from the region of Greece and Lebanon today, for the first time, practised viticulture in the southern region of Spain.
Later, when the Romans arrived on the peninsula, fascinated by the climatic diversity of the territory, they began to spread the vineyards in different regions.
An entire wine culture
The country has rich and diverse wine culture, due to climatic variations in different regions and a great variety of locally produced wine grapes.
From cold and humid weather in the northern region to warm and arid weather in the southern region, the diversity of the climate contributes to the production of over 400 different grape varieties. The best known is Tempranillo from Rioja.
Leader in wine exports
Spain is the leading wine exporter. For example, in 2016 it exported 2.2 million litres of wine. Also, Spain is the third largest wine producer in the world, after Italy and France.
Spain has an area of over 2.9 million hectares of the wine-growing region, more land exclusively for wine production than any other country in the world. Spain also has more than 70 D.O.s (Denominations of origin) for wines, which leads to the production of a wide range of wines.
Spanish Cava: Best-selling sparkling wine
Cava is the Spanish version of sparkling wine, produced following the champagneoise method. Over 95% of the Cava production takes place in Catalonia. It is labelled as DO Cava, which denotes the regulations for the manufacture of Cava. Llopart Brut Nature Reserve, and Juve Camps Brut Nature are some of the most popular and best quality cava in Spain.
La Rioja: the oldest wine-producing region in Spain
According to official documents, the first mention of Rioja as a wine-producing region dates back to 1902. Tempranillo is the most popular grape variety grown in this region. Marques de Caceres , Muga are some of the popular wines from the Rioja region.
Wines with a distinctive taste
Spanish wines have a distinctive character due to their ageing in oak barrels. This method gives the wines a different, stronger taste.
Most wines in the La Rioja region have specifically mentioned the ageing of wine in oak barrels on their labels.
White holiday, unique in the world
The village of Haro in the Rioja region has some of the oldest vineyards in the world. Every year, in June, a wine event is organized here, in which people are dressed in white clothes and sprinkle each other with wine.
The Spanish Sherry
Sherry is also a famous local Spanish production. It is a fortified wine made from white grapes and contains the essence of the southern region of Spain. By the 16th century, Spanish Jerez was widely considered the finest wine available throughout Europe.
There are various varieties of Sherry in Spain. Another interesting fact about Sherry is that it goes well with foods that are hard to pair with wines, such as green olives, artichokes, nuts, asparagus, sausages, shrimp and sushi.
Find the best organic wines only in Spain
When it comes to organic wines, Spain is one of the best producers in the world.
Torres, one of the largest wine producers in Spain, contributes a third of its vineyard to the production of organic wines. Some of the most popular Spanish organic wines are Vent del Mar Blanc, Pasion de Moscatel Blanco Organic and Mileni Reserva Brut Nature Organic.
Do you want to enjoy the true experience of Spanish wines at home? At Dis&Dis, we offer a wide range of Spanish wines that suit even the most specific tastes.
Moreover, each wine in our catalogue comes with tips to help you decide and integrate it into your menus so that every meal turns into a memorable experience. Don't forget to subscribe to our newsletter if you want to be the first to find out about our news and offers.
See you next time, wine lovers,