Spain has dozens of excellent wineries based on international and Spanish ratings. But in this short post, I’ll give you my 5 favorites for amazing Spanish red wines.
First, guess how many Spanish wine grape varietals you can find en la bella España?….
Spain is home to a great number of indigenous grapes, over 400. The most famous are Tempranillo, Garnacha, Monastrell, Albarino, and Verdejo. Apart from a prominent red and white wine production, it is also known for its cultivation of sparkling wine (cava) and reinforced wine (sherry).
Spain has the largest number of vineyards in the world. However, it does not have the highest production. That would be Italy first, with France as a close second. The reason for this is the density of the vineyards and the yield per hectare. Spain has had a wine-making tradition since 3000-4000 BCE, with a flourishing trade established through Cadiz as early as 1100 BCE.
The best Spanish wineries for Red Wines of Spain
But if push comes to shove and we could only choose from a few top Spanish wineries for silky yet savory red wines a.k.a. vinos tintos Españoles?…
Here are our very passionately selected wineries of Spain as per our own tastings and Spanish friend’s opinions while living, eating, drinking, and traveling here in Spain for 20 years 🙂
- Contador Benjamin Romeo
- Lopez de Heredia
- Vega Sicilia
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