Top 10 Spanish regions to watch

18th December, 2013 by Lucy Shaw

Tierra de León

An exciting new DO that sprung up in 2007, Tierra de León can be found 900 metres above sea level to the south of the Cordillera Cantábrica mountain range in the southern part of León.

Boasting a continental climate with hot, dry summers and cold winters, the region is fast gaining international recognition for its indigenous grape, Prieto Picudo, which thrives in Tierra de León’s alluvial soils and has been tipped as Spain’s answer to Pinot Noir.

With just under 1,500ha under vine, Tierra de León’s ever growing band of producers are doing interesting things with the up-and-coming aromatic variety; one of the most promising of Spain’s native grapes.

Meaning “dark pointed” and often partnered with Mencía in blends, Prieto Picudo accounts for half of the region’s red grape plantings.

The grape’s style seems to suit its name, producing wines with an earthy, red fruit character mixed with crisp acidity. Producers in the region to watch include Bodegas Fernandez Llamazares and Bodegas Gordonzello, which makes a number of oaked and unoaked examples in its Peregrino range.

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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