Top 10 Spanish regions to watch

18th December, 2013 by Lucy Shaw

Often touted as one of the most dynamic wine producing countries in the world, the only constant with Spanish wine it seems, is change.

Spain’s wine map is ever evolving, with new DOs and Pagos frequently popping up as wine growing regions come to light that merit official recognition. Happy to fly the red and yellow flag, the UK wine trade is bubbling with enthusiasm for Spain’s diverse and intriguing array of wines. Unfortunately, while their praise is more than justified, many of Spain’s most avant-garde wines are too small scale – and too expensive – to receive significant exposure in the UK.

One native grape that has successfully crossed the Atlantic is the attractively aromatic Albariño, which is enjoying its moment in the sun in both the on and off-trade. Atlantic grapes like Mencía and Godello meanwhile, are gradually finding their way into the UK.

Tapping into a growing consumer thirst for authenticity and provenance, winemakers in Spain have been busy reviving little-known indigenous grapes such as Rufete, Prieto Picudo and Juan García, leading to characterful, terroir-driven wines with a distinctly Spanish stamp.

The current Spanish wine boom in the UK owes a lot to forward-thinking Spanish restaurants like Fino, Pizarro, Camino, Cambio de Tercio and Ibérica, which are taking risks with their wine lists and shining a light on Spain’s unsung regions. Read on for our round up of the ten most exciting emerging regions in Spain and the native grape varieties they are hanging their hats on.

2 Responses to “Top 10 Spanish regions to watch”

  1. Great review of some unknown regions of spain, congrats!
    Thanks to help understanding that Spain is much more than Rioja and Rinera Del Duero… Now for the next one, please have a look to Ribera Del Jucar, smallest wine region of spain, right between Mancha and Manchuela, special terroir with only a few producers working with local varieties as Bobal, Moscatel de Grano Menudo, Cencibel and other foreing such Petit Verdot, Merlot, etc that has adapted in an spectacular way showing special tipicity… you want uniqueness? go Ribera Del Jucar.

  2. Colin Harkness says:

    Interesting & encouraging article, thnx. Also responsible for increased intetest in Spanish wines are articles by wine luminaries such as Jancis Robinson MW & + on a much smaller but longer lived scale, myself, in Cork Talk costa-news.com, now in its 17th year and still promoting all that’s good in the happening world of Spanish wine!

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