Best red wines of Spain
Today Spain is booming in the world of wine with about 70 regions where wine is produced. Spain's wine export has almost doubled compared to five years ago, possibly due to the fact that Spain is producing more new world-class wines than ever before.
Brief history of wines in Spain
The country with the largest cultivated area of vineyards in the world has a historical production culture, which proudly endorses the wines of its different regions and denominations. The varieties are abundant, as well as the possibilities of wines that are produced from them.
Spain represents an icon in the culture of wine, as its tradition and development has allowed other countries to take reference from Spain. The extension of vineyards planted is the largest registered in a country (almost 1.2 million hectares of vineyards), with a production that takes the third place in world wine production, after Italy and France.
The territory has important varieties of native grapes. Some of them are: Tempranillo, Albariño, Garnacha, Palomino, Airén, Macabeo, Parellada, Xarel lo, Cariñena and Monastrell. Its wines from areas such as Rioja, Ribera del Duero, Jerez, Rías Baixas, Penedés and Priorato are internationally known and valued as well.
In the mid-80s, Spain invested in modern viticulture and wine-making techniques using state-of-the-art equipment and processes. Today, the monitoring of quality control by the Spanish regulatory council is stricter than other European wine-producing countries.
Currently, in Spain more than 150 different varieties of red and white wines are being vinified. Red wines are the best known in Spain and white wines used to be a minutia, however, they have been drastically improved in recent years.
It’s difficult to determine which are the best wines in Spain. As a country with a great winemaking tradition, Spanish wines are among the most wished and best valued around the world. From its wineries born those good wines that we all want to taste sometime in our lives. With a great variety of grapes and excellent quality.
Thanks to the talent and courage of a new generation of oenology artists, we can affirm that today Spanish wine is a world reference for quality. The very high level Spanish wines have reached is reflected in the excellent scores obtained by several references in the main specialized magazines in the world.
Geography and different climates
One of the most influential geographical elements in Spanish viticulture is the vast plateau that covers a significant part of central Spain. From there, many main rivers play an important role in the personalities of the different Spanish wine regions.
In addition to the Central Plateau, the Cantabrian mountain range and its continuation, the Pyrenees, are relevant, since they protect regions such as La Rioja from the rain and the cool winds that come from the Bay of Biscay.
The climate becomes more extreme inland, in the Central Plateau, and is characterized by hot summers with temperatures that can reach 104 °F and drought conditions. Many regions receive less than 300mm of annual rainfall. Winters in these regions are characterized by cold temperatures, often below zero and down to -8 ° F.
All these variables have helped the boom of the wine industry in Spain, as well as the great quality and level achieved in its wine products across the years. Right now, Spain is one of the main wine producers worldwide.
In this first article dedicated to Spanish wine, we’re going to share with you a detailed description of some Spanish wines, more specifically, a selection of red wines, which will surely be the delight amateur and expert’s palates.
- Faustino 1 Gran Reserva 1995: Faustino I Gran Reserva 1995 is a highly polished red, with an unusual mid palate and smoothness. Without being a very broad wine, it stands out for its finesse and pleasant acidity, complex aromas, medium layer, with orange notes. It’s a very easy to drink wine. It’s preferably to combine this wine with mild flavored dishes.
- Bodegas Mauro 2015: It’s another variety of Spanish red wines highly appreciated by all wine connoisseurs and amateur drinkers. Bodegas Mauro 2015; It is a wine of well-established prestige among the great lovers of Spanish wine at an international level, a good representative of the strength and characteristics of the Castilian reds. It has great aging potential (between eight and ten years) and pairs wonderfully with Castilian roasts (suckling pig, suckling lamb).
- Mauro Wine 2014: Another wine from the Mauro wineries in Spain. The Red Wine Mauro 2014 it’s an outstanding variety, a great wine of tremendous depth and complexity, rich and juicy. Its aromatic character shows some reminiscences of the best Bordeaux wines of 1959.
This is one of the great red wines of Spain, showing versatile nuances of red fruits and a pleasurable long finish. The wine has an excellent structure that after 5-7 years of development, allows the wine to be stored for at least 20 years.
- Dominio del Aguila Reserva 2015: Red wine Dominio del Águila Reserva 2015 is a “Ribera del Duero” from “Dominio del Águila” wineries whose selection contains Tempranillo from the 2015 vintage. It’s a red wine, with purple reflections of sweet aromas of ripe fruits and wild berries, with hints of aromatic flowers, spices and wood smoke.
Full-bodied, round, deep, fresh wine with elegant tannins and intense flavors of red and black fruits. Long and toasted finish. For pairing, it is recommended to mix it with red meats, roasts, cold cuts, grilled vegetables, poultry, pasta with red sauces and aged cheeses.
We reached to the end of this article where we have introduced the tradition and characteristics of the world famous Spanish wine, in this case for reds. We have many options of Spanish red wines left, but soon we will publish another article, dedicated to Spanish wines in a more general approach, which for sure will be of everyone’s liking.
Remember that you can find a lot of Spanish wines (and other countries varieties) in our store, finding.wine. For now, we just can say goodbye and; Have a good toast! We hope that it will be pleasant.
- Fabianni Posteraro