Spanish wines

Scientists believe that grapes were first cultivated is Spain sometime between 4000 and 3000 BC.  Spanish wine was widely exported and traded throughout the Roman empire and there is evidence that wine production continued in Spain even after the decline of the Roman empire.  Spanish conquistadors took some of these grapes to the Americas that saw great developments in countries such as Chile and Argentina.   The Phylloxera epidemic eventually reached Spain and it wasn’t until the mid 1900’s that domestic stability helped the revival for the Spanish wine industry.

Spain is the third largest producer of wine in the world, the largest being Italy and France.   The country has an abundance of native grape varieties, with over 600 varieties planted throughout Spain though 80 percent of the country’s wine production is from only a few grapes including Tempranillo, Albariño, Garnacha, and Monastrell.  Major Spanish wine regions include the Rioja and Ribera del Duero which are known for their Tempranillo production; Jerez, the home of the fortified wine Sherry; Rias Baixas in the northwest region of Galicia that is known for its white wines made from Albariño.   Spanish wine laws created the Denominación de Origen (DO) system in the 1900’s, sharing  many similarities with the French system.

We currently offer the following wines from Spain:

Felix Lorenzo Cachazo

– Caballero de Olmedo

– Carriles “Red Crianza”

– Gran Cardiel “Rueda”

– Mania “Rueda Verdejo”