Top 10 Spanish regions to watch

18th December, 2013 by Lucy Shaw

Mallorca

Across the Mediterranean, achingly hip winery 4 Kilos, established in 2006 by four winemakers, is helping to put Majorca on the wine map by championing the island’s little-known Callet variety, employing a different contemporary artist each year to etch its latest label.

The island boasts two DOs: Binissalem, which was officially recognised in 1991, and Pla I Llevant, which upgraded to DO status a decade later in 2001. In the 1990’s, a number of producers in Binissalem decided it was time to invest in their businesses in an effort to improve the quality of their wines.

Local variety, the medium bodied and fruity Manto Negro, accounts for over half of red gape plantings in the region’s lime over clay soils, while indigenous white, the fresh and citric Moll, makes up 70% of the DOs white wine output.

The DO stipulates that reds from the Binissalem must contain at least 30% Manto Negro and at least 50% of Moll in its whites. Pla I Llevant meanwhile, has similar clay and limestone soils to Binissalem and is gaining recognition for indigenous red grape Fogoneu, which is similar to Gamay in character.

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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