Top 10 Spanish regions to watch

18th December, 2013 by Lucy Shaw

Arribes

Credit P. Medina

Credit P. Medina

Made a DO just five years ago, Arribes lies on the westernmost tip of Spain in the southeast of the province of Zamora, where Spain meets Portugal along the banks of the Duero River. The name Arribes derives from ad ripam, meaning “on the banks” in Latin. The region, which enjoys a Mediterranean climate with Atlantic influences and sandy soils formed of loose granite and quartz pebbles, is getting the attention of the media due to indigenous grape, Juan García.

Keen to unleash the untapped potential of Arribes, which boasts a bounty of old bush vines and yet is still in its winemaking infancy with just 750ha under vine, a small group of producers, spearheaded by English-born Charlotte Allen, have invested in the region and are championing Juan García, bringing out its varietal character through a combination of low yields and modern winemaking techniques.

Juan García produces fragrant, terroir-driven wines with notes of cherry, raspberry and spice. Super-premium producer, Bodegas Ribera de Pelazas, is making interesting reds from old vine Juan García, while Arribes is also making a name for itself through the production of native red grape Rufete.

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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