Spain is one of the three largest wine producing countries in the world, along with France and Italy, with a total of some 1,100,000 hectares of vineyards and a production of almost 40 million hectolitres - figures that make your head spin! Historic regions such as Rioja, Ribeira del Duero, Priorat and Jerez in the south of the country have helped build Spain's reputation around the world, often synonymous with complex, fruity and deep wines. The key grape varieties are Tempranillo, Garnacha or Monastrell for the reds, and Verdejo, Airén or Xarel-Lo for the whites. But beyond these better known varieties, Spain is full of old varieties such as Bobal, Sumoll or Parellada, to name but a few.
Catalonia has been making a name for itself in organic and biodynamic wine production for several decades, notably under the impetus of winemakers such as Joan Ramón Escoda of Celler Escoda Sanahuja and his colleague Laureano Serres, and thanks to the work of Partida Creus, Clos Lentiscus and many others. Discover all the freshness that Spain has to offer, salty, spicy and fruity wines, so resolutely Mediterranean.