Spain is the new upstart on the international wine market. A long tradition of wine made with extended oak aging and oxidative character is being replaced by a wave of the new style wines. Young dynamic winemakers using modern wine making techniques, stainless steel, French oak barrels, and international grapes blended with the indigenous Tempranillo, Garnacha, Mencia, Verdejo and so on. It is an exciting time for Spanish wines; more regions are emerging every month, and with most areas having a climate very suitable for grape growing the future does look bright. Spain has more land planted with grape vines than any other country and yet produces less wine than France and Italy. The dry soils and threat of drought force the vines to be planted further apart and also help to naturally keep the yields low. The cost of land, labor, and production of wine in Spain is cheaper than most other countries as well, resulting in many wine bargains to be had for the thrifty shopper. Spain is home to over 600 grape varieties, but concentrates mostly on Tempranillo and Garnacha for red, and Verdejo, Viura, and Albarino for white. Spain is also one of the world’s largest producers of sparkling wine, with Cava being sold as a value driven alternative to Champagne.


Northwest of Ribera del Duero is the up and coming region of Cigales. Famous for its Rosé and early release production, this region has begun to turn itself into a name known for rich modern style red wines based on Tempranillo. Situated on the Pisuerga river, a tributary of the mighty Duero, Cigales has a dry and harsh climate that is well suited to growing Tempranillo and Garnacha. Most of the vines in the region have remained in family holdings for generations and the average age of vines here is in excess of 60 years.


In the Northwest corner of Spain, sitting right on top of Portugal, is Galicia. This region is probably most famous for the region of Rias Baixas and the white wine Albarino. It is also known for the gorgeous coastline which provides a maritime climate to moderate the seasons. This cooler climate allows for the growth of crisp aromatic white wines and lighter bodied reds which pair well with seafood. The vines are trained high on pergola trellises to avoid rot in this cooler more humid climate.


Situated south of the large La Mancha region in Spain. Jumilla was demarcated in 1996 and became famous for it's appealing fruity red wines and rosé wines from Monastrell, Syrah and Merlot. The influences of the dry Levante winds and breezes off the Mediterranean help produce an excellent climate for the growth of Monastrell which needs a bit more sun to ripen fully. A new generation of winemakers has brought investment and technology to the region. The wines are now fuller bodied expressions of the Monastrell grape aged in American and French oak barrels.

La Mancha

In the middle of Spain is the enormous region of La Mancha. Mostly known for brandy production using a white grape called Airén it is now the home of some of Spain's most innovative winemakers. The Vino de Pago denomination, indicating a single estate wine of great quality, originated here in La Mancha. As of 2010 there were only 9 Vino de Pagos in Spain, all are either in La Mancha or Navarra.


Located just southwest of the Ribera del Duero in the Castilla y León region is Rueda. Wine has been produced here since the 11th century; then mostly sherry-like wines from the white Verdejo grape were made. Modern vintners are now emphasizing fresh fruity wines from the Verdejo grape, and combining their best with Sauvignon Blanc. New investment and increased knowledge have led to the use of higher quality techniques in the vineyard as well as the winery.

Ribera del Duero

The old seat of Spanish nobility is now the new seat for some of the royalty of Spain's emerging winemakers. Vega Sicilia, based on Tempranillo with the addition of Bordeaux varities, has been in Ribera del Duero since 1864. However, it was not until the 1980's that other wineries began to receive international acclaim. In the mid 1980s the Pesquera estate wines gained some very favorable reviews among critics and sommeliers alike. Since then this region has continued to produce top quality red wines with a full rich flavor most often likened to Bordeaux. Ribera del Duero is now home to a number of cult wine estates, including Bodegas Leda, Dominio de Pingus and Emilio Moro.


Even with the emergence of new regions and winemakers throughout the rest of Spain, Rioja remains Spain's leading wine region. It enjoys more favorable growing conditions than other regions in Spain and produces some of it most highly regarded reds. Rioja's ascension to fame began in the late 1800s. Bordeaux was being devastated by outbreaks of mildew and the Phylloxera louse, many wine merchants crossed the border into Spain to escape the calamity in their own vineyards. Traditionally the wines are made in a slightly oxidative style with extended maturation in American oak barrels. Modern winemakers have sought more extraction, less oxidation, and use French oak to supply a softer vanilla tone to the wine.

Tierra del Vino de Zamora

Located to the west of Rueda and Toro, Tierra del Vino de Zamora lies on both banks of the Duero river. It is another DO which benefits greatly from the hot climate that Spain has during the summer; the region makes red wines from Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Garnacha. The white wines are made from Verdejo and Malvasia.

Spain Wine Producers

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Spain AreaProducerLabelAbout the producer
GaliciaBodegas Viña NoraThe base of operations for Bodegas Viña Nora is a border town of Portugal in the Condado do Tea district of Rias Baixas. This region is blessed with a mild climate of warm summers and rainy autumns, perfect for growing the Albariño grape. The wines themselves have intense aromas of kiwi, melon and peach, with light floral notes and a clear almost sea-breeze quality. The regular Nora is fermented in stainless steel vats to help keep these characteristics razor sharp. The Nora de Neve, on the other hand, is aged for 7 months in oak to add a complex note of bay leaves and baking spice.

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JumillaBodegas LuzonBodegas Luzon was founded in 1916 by a group of families who have been making wine in the region for over a century. In the late 1990's a younger generation rebuilt and modernized the winery. The region itself receives ample sunshine and very little rain, this is perfect for the Monastrell grape which requires a warmer drier climate to ripen fully.
They also grow other grape varieties such as Tempranillo, Cabernet Souvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Petit Verdot and the white grapes Chardonnay and Macabeo. The alkaline chalky soils offer tough growing conditions which increase the depth and complexity of the wine.

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La ManchaBodegas Mano a ManoThe Tempranillo grape, also known as Cencibel, has grown in this part of La Mancha since the Middle Ages. Bodegas Mano a Mano is on the eastern side of La Mancha surrounded by a mixture of soils containing sand, stones, limestone, and clay. This part of La Mancha is at 2000 feet elevation, this altitude helps to create a natural diurnal shift which extends the growing season and provides acidic balance in the wine. This combination of altitude and soil helps to bring out the very best in the old vine Tempranillo, and creates a fruit forward wine with structure and earth notes.

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RuedaBodegas NaiaBodegas Naia is within Rueda on the left bank of the Duero River. The winery specializes in growing the indigenous white grape Verdejo. This thicker skinned white grape is well at home to the high temperatures and arid conditions that can be present at the height of summer in this part of Spain. The robust nature of the grape gives the wine a larger structure on the palate, and makes it an excellent choice to be blended with a little Sauvignon Blanc. The addition of a little Sauvignon Blanc helps to add a little sharpness and citrus to the palate. The Naiades white wine is aged for 8 months in new French oak barrels to take full advantage of the fuller body of Verdejo, and add more complexity to this wine.

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RiojaBodegas RiojanasBodegas Riojanas, a steadfastly traditional Bodega, was founded in 1890 during the beginning of the glory years of the Spanish wine industry of the late 1800’s. The winery was built in Cenicero in the heart of the Rioja Alta region by the Artacho family. The family vineyards were located nearby and the stone gateway built in 1799 as an entrance to these vineyards still stands today. The original winery was located in Cenicero, at the heart of Rioja Alta, on a land that stretches from the river Najerilla to the Ebro, 20 km from Logroño. In 2005 new facilities were built 20 km from Cenicero, in San Vicente de la Sonsierra, a town on the left bank of the River Ebro, also in Rioja Alta.

Bodegas Riojanas controls more than 300 hectares of the best vineyards in Cenicero, San Vicente de la Sonsierra and nearby municipalities. Rioja’s quintessential grape variety is Tempranillo, but Bodegas Riojanas also owns one of the largest surface areas dedicated to Mazuelo and Graciano in the wine region.

The different plots of vineyards are situated on clay-limestone soils of Miocene origin, suitable for producing the highest quality grapes.

Current winemaker Pablo Orio enjoys the history that is a large part of the wines, and Bodegas Riojanas treasures more than a century of winemaking tradition in its Cenicero winery. Its corners are steeped in history and talk of the passion for aging wines that has always permeated it. This tradition and passion have been transmitted to the team that runs Bodegas Riojanas today. Its most precious legacy is its commitment to quality and the personality of its wines.

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Tierra del Vino de ZamoraViñas del CenitThe winery of Viñas del Cenit is located in the village of Villanueva de Campean in the historic area known as de la Tierra del Vino de Zamora. Zamora is on the Duero river next to Rueda and Toro. The vineyards are mostly still planted on their own rootstocks with vines of between 60 to 100 years old. These older Tempranillo vines produce lower yields which gives a richer more extracted wine. The wines themselves see between 8 and 19 months in oak barrels to add rich vanilla notes, and help smooth out any rougher notes in the wine.

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PrioratAgnes de CerveraThe estate Finca Los Argeles is located in Molar, in the heart of Priorat and surrounded by the beautiful vineyard. The vines are mostly in slopes and terraces filled with Llicorella, the slate stones that make this region so special.

The winemaker, Francesc Vernet is a very respected and experienced winemaker in Priorat. Since 2003 he has been been making these superb wines using the traditional varieties of the area (Garnacha and Carinena) from vines that are at least 25 years old.

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Campo de BorjaAlettaThe vineyards used for this wine have a continental climate influenced by the Atlantic ocean in winter, causing a cold and dry typical North-western wind known in the region as “Cierzo”, and by the Mediterranean in the summer. The grapes come from the best pagos planted with the oldest Garnacha vines. The vineyards used for this wine, 15-25 years old, are located in the areas known as Pozos de Mata and Aliagares at an altitude of 400—500 meters above sea level. Yields are 1.5—2 Kg per vine.

The soil that prevails is brown-calcareous and terraced with medium levels of stones, giving good drainage and fair levels of organic matter, rich in nutrients. On the other hand, next to the Moncayo mountains, the soil is clay-ferrous and much more stony. In general, this peculiar soil and climate give this wines a special character. Stainless steel fermented. PRODUCTION: 3,500 cases for the U.S.
Tierra de CastillaBodegas AljibesLos Aljibes winery is part of the family owned Los Aljibes Estate, located in Chincillla de Montearagon in the wine appellation of Vino de la Tierra de Castilla. The Aljibes estate covers nearly 2,000 acres of which 620 acres are dedicated to vineyards, 500 acres of low forest, 125 acres of Olive groves & the rest dedicated to the cultivation of grains. The estate is also a unique setting for the Yeguada, a purebred Spanish stud farm.

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PenedesAlbet I NoyaAlbet I Noya is one of Spain's leading producers of certified Organic wines, producing both cava and dry table wines since 1979.


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La ManchaAynaAyna is the name of a very small village in the south east part of La Mancha, right in the mountainous border with Jaen & Murcia. The locals call Ayna the Switzerland of La Mancha for its many mountains & green fields. With a winemaking family tradition that dates back to 1870, Ayna tempranillo constitutes the essence of a region. Click Here to read more: Bodegas Ayna
JumillaBodegas BarinasBarinas is the name of a very small village in the region of Murcia, not far from Jumilla. The population is under 1,000 people. The Barinas wines are all based on Monastrell, using only native yeasts in the fermentation & grapes are sourced from vines over 25 years of age. Click here to read Casa Ventura's full profile: Barina
MontsantBulaBula is made by Celler Can Blau, a 60ha estate in Montsant with 35 year old vines and porous, slate-like llicorella soils. The Bula is a blend of 50% Carinena, 30% Garnacha, and 20% Syrah aged 4 months in French and American oak. Click here for a sell sheet: Bula
Ribera del JucarCasa de IllanaThe amazing winery of Bodegas Casa de Illana is called Finca Buenavista, and it was built in 1626. Still in the same family, which has been making wine for four generations now, Finca Buenavista is the center of the philosophy of the winery: tradition and artisan spirit.

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PenedesMarques de la ConcordiaFounded in 1882, Mas de Monistrol (now owned by Marques de la Concordia) is in the major wine producing area of the Alt Penedes, Barcelonas famous wine and Cava country.
The Mas de Monistrol estate was formerly a Cistercian monastery dating back to the 12th century. Since its beginning, it has been dedicated to the production of quality still wine using grapes from surrounding vineyards and to the production of Cavas made in the traditional method (Champenoise).

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RiojaDinastia VivancoA renowned producer of Rioja, Vivanco selects only the top 20-30% of the annual harvest exclusively cultivated by hand from their 440 hectares of estate-owned vineyards for their annual bottlings. Their holdings are located throughout Rioja Alta, thus the soils vary from ferrous clay to marl. Their portfolio of iconic wines, each with a distinct personality that reflects the land, is renowned for quality. These are flat-out terrific Riojas.


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BierzoDominio de TaresDominio de Tares was founded by a group of young visionaries at the turn of the millennium. They recognized the potential of the indigenous Mencia grape that flourishes is the region of Bierzo. The winery is located in San Roman de Bembibre in Bierzo Alto, situated within the northwestern part of the Leon province bordering Galicia. The region itself received DO status in 1989.

The Mencia vines here range in age from 40-100 years. The vineyards are worked entirely by hand, and sustainable viticulture is practiced. Yields are kept low to optimize the quality of the wines. Dominio de Tares strives to combine traditional farming with modern winemaking in order to extract the purest essence of Mencia. An exhaustive search of the best parcels under DO Bierzo, looking for the most interesting soils and microclimates, yielded the ideal vineyards that produce some of Spain’s best wines. FOR SALE BY VINUM IN WASHINGTON ONLY.

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CalatayudFilonThe winery is located in Villarroya de la Sierra, one of the highest areas of the DO made of Paleolithic materials, mainly quartzite and slate. In addition the soils have the right organic content, which provide sufficient nutrients to the plant with proper aeration.

The climate offers little rain and large temperature fluctuations between day and night. The grapes for Filon come from old vines vineyards, 30-40 years-old, with yields of 2T/Ha and located on the hillsides, 3,000 ft above sea level, around the north zone of Calatayud appellation. Stainless steel fermented.

PRODUCTION: 3,000 cases for the U.S.
RiojaBodegas del MedievoBodegas del Medievo is located in Aldeanueva de Ebro at 500 meters high. This area has been recognized as the most prestigious in Rioja with other subregions where the clay-calcareous poor soils are perfect to grow high quality vines. Their fantastic estate with 150 hectares of vines grows 65% of Tempranillo vines, 15% of Garnacha, 15% of Graciano and 5% of Mazuelo. Check out a full profile here.
RiojaMarques de MejiaDelightful Riojas made by Bodegas del Medievo. Click here to check out a great fact sheet: Marques de Mejia
La ManchaMonte AltoIn the largest & most famous plateau of Spain lies a wine region of great fortune, where old vines of Tempranillo & Bobal grow to perfection. Monte Alto (High Mount) is an allegory describing the hills surrounding the estate where Manchegos have cultivated vines since before the days of the Roman Empire. Back in the 1800’s growers of important areas like Rioja & Bordeaux knew of the magnificent potential of Tempranillo & Bobal from this part of La Mancha. Today Carolina Hernandez directs the Monte Alto estate; a perfect example of what this land represents; she is quiet but great in presence; timid though intense; honest, simple & yet intricate, passionate & totally devoted to her vines. Check out Casa Ventura's Profile here: Monte Alto
Tierra de LeonPardevallesOver generations the Alonso family have been dedicated to growing and making wine. Following this family tradition, Rafael Alonso, founder of Vinedos y Bodega Pardevalles in 1949, originally produced liquor and wine.
Nowadays, under the technical management of the founders grandson, also called Rafael Alonso, the wine cellar has modern installations, such as 34 hectares of their own vineyards. They still produce wine of an exclusively high quality from the indigenous grape varieties: Prieto Picudo and Albarin Blanco (with a total of 31 hectares). Click here to check out Casa Ventura's profile of this winery: Pardevalles
MonterreiBodegas Pazos del ReyBodegas Pazos del Rey controls 25 hectares of vines, most of which are located on the slopes of the valley where it divides its cultivation between the white Godello and the red Mencía. The technical team is managed by Susana Pérez, oenologist, who is also responsible for producing the Viña Nora wines at the winery in the D.O. Rías Baixas.

Pazos del Rey has the necessary means for developing the production process: collection in perforated plastic boxes, selection table, pneumatic presses for whites and vertical ones for reds, cold chamber for receiving the harvest, vats with temperature control, and French oak casks for the reds.

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Ribera del DueroBodegas Tabula DamanaBodegas Tábula, is situated in a very magical place. Right next to the north side of the Duero river, near the famous villages of Pesquera de Duero, Valbuena del Duero (Vega Sicilia) and Olivares del Duero. In this part of the Ribera del Duero river some of the most famous wines of Spain are made, and Tábula is an important part of it.

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ToroTerra d'UroA joint project of the Douro's Cristiano van Zeller and Oscar Garrote, a native of Valladolid, this winery produces top-quality Toro reds from very old vines. The wines here are made by Sandra Tavares da Silva.

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JerezMarques de Real TesoroThe Marques del Real Tesoro title of nobility was given by king Carlos III of Spain to don Joaquin Manuel de Villena Guadalfajara Rodriguez de Manzano y Nieto in 1760. Don Joaquin earned it by using his own silver as ammunition against pirates and maintaining the king’s riches on his ship intact. His grandson started the winery in 1897; to do so he purchased the wines and soleras that the Conde de Villacreces had started 200 years before. Today, the marquis of Real Tesoro has no ownership of the winery anymore, but the wines that started to be sold under that name in 1897, remain as pure and traditional as ever.

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PenedesAgusti Torello MataOne of the greatest and most experienced producers of cava, Agustí Torelló calls the vines his ‘old exclusive allies’. These vines are in the ‘Crus of Penedes’, the area where cava was first created. Xarel.lo, Macabeo and Parellada, these are the three grapes used to make traditional cava. Agusti Torello Mata has one sole objective: to produce cava at its maximum expression. The cavas are born of the work, dreams and passion of the whole family. Grapes are selected from their own vineyards and those of skilled cultivators from the best subareas in the Penedes region.

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RiojaBodegas ZugoberBodegas Zugober in Lapuebla de Labarca in La Rioja Alavesa was founded in 1987 by the young enologists, Eduardo Gomez and Isabel Bernardo, who, coming from families with a long wine-making tradition, were determined to set up a modern winery based on old wine-making traditions. The Zugober vineyards are comprised of 85% Tempranillo, 5% Graciano, 3% Garnacha and 7% Viura and Malvasia. Bodegas Zugober's markets their wines under the name 'Belezos.' A family-run winery of limited production with a particular focus on innovation, modern technology & extreme quality. Click here to check out the profile: Bodegas Zugober
MonterreiAtalaya do MarThe Mendez family has been in the wine business for almost 70 years & have always resided in this small corner of Spain; Galicia, just north of Portugal where people have been making wine since Roman times. Today the most famous varieties in the reigion are Albarino & Godello for whites and Mencia for reds. Atalaya do Mar has a very small production of 10 hectares, most of which is Godello & the rest Mencia. The soils are filled with slate stones which gives the wines a mineral note & expressiveness that other regions in Galicia don't have.

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