The top ten best Spanish red wines

Spain is undoubtedly one of the world’s largest wine-growing nations. Especially in recent years, the country has a breathtaking development in terms of red wines. This is also reflected in the popularity of Spanish wines, which are drunk in Germany. Spanish wines: what makes them different? The Spanish winemakers have so many superlatives to offer. In glass and also on the terroir: over 5,000 Bodegas Ibericas (Iberian wineries) produce more than 250 different grape varieties on far more than 1.018 million hectares of land. Wine from Spain is not only available in the form of Cava and Rioja – long since, growing areas such as Toro, Ribera del Duero, Montsant and Alicante are more popular than ever before. A hit in the high-quality Mallorca restaurants and tapas bars is the Mallorcan wine. But there is a reason why popularity has increased so much, because never before has Spanish red wine been so good and cheap. The designation system of Spanish red wines No country in the world has as large arable land as Spain. At over 1.018 million hectares, more than 5,000 wineries produce over 250 different grape varieties. Especially the Tempranillo is grown here increasingly – a very young and fragrant fruity red wine, which is characterized by a very good shelf life. The Spanish Quality Levels Spain has a very complex quality assurance system: Vino des Mesa is a simple table wine, Vino de la Tierra (VdlT short) a better quality country wine. The addition Cosecha indicates that not the necessary maturity was achieved. And CVC wines are blends from previous vintages that come from leftovers. Top Spanish wines Approximately 50 percent of Spanish wines carry the D.O. Especially the two growing areas Rioja and Priorat are characterized here. You may wear the higher quality D.O.Ca predicate on your label. Top wines come from the two single layers Dominio de Valdepusa and Pago Guijoso. The Top Ten at a glance Alba Liza Tempranillo Granacha: Lovely – A not too heavy and youthful red wine of the varieties Garnacha and Tempranillo. Pfeffrig-spicy fragrance. Bodegas y Vinedos el Sequé 2007er Laderas de el Sequé: Aroma of blackberries and cherries. Parato Vinicola S.L. 2001 Negre Classic Collita Propia Reserva: Tempranillo and Cabernet Sauvignon. Fresh wine that tastes of cherries and blackberries, round and velvety. Bodegas del Rosario Lorca Monastrell Seleccion 2008: Syrah and Shiraz, pleasant from Monastrell grapes, smells of almond and cinnamon. Mencia de Dos 2004er en 2: smells of cherries, earth and pepper with a hint of morello cherries. Bodegas Francisco Casas 2006 Gamazo Crianza: Fine red wine from a more than 120-year-old winery in family ownership. Guia Real Reserva 2006 Rioja dry: Tempranillo, very well storable with strong body. Goes well with dark chocolate and game. 2006 Reserva LaMancha Finca de la Vega 2006 Reserva La Mancha: Finely fruity Reserva of the grape variety Merlot. Storable and ready to drink. Goes well with dark chocolate and game. Bodegas Y Vinedos Valderiz Valdehermoso Crianza 2007 Ribera del Duero dry: strong body, aged for 15 months in oak barrels. Fits old hard cheese. Bodegas Orvalaiz Crianza DO 2008: Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, aged for 6 months in barriques. Aromas of blackberries, cassis, cherries, coffee, vanilla and cloves. Credit: © Shutterstock Cover Picture: Igor Normann


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