The Spanish lifestyle includes siesta, tapas and a fine glass of Spanish wine. The climatic conditions optimally support the production of quality wines. Wines are grown on the mainland and also on the Spanish islands, the Balearic and Canary Islands.
Economically speaking, vino is an important commodity for the country. The most commonly cultivated grape varieties for red wines are Tempranillo, Bobal, Mencía and Mazuelo. Among the white wines, the main varieties grown are Pardillo, Macabeo, Palomino, Cayetana Blanc and Parellada.
There are the following quality classifications:
- Joven: young, fresh wine, which is only stored in the barrel for a short time (if at all).
- Crianza: matured for two years (of which at least six months in oak barrels).
- Reserva: matured for three years (of which at least one third in oak barrels).
- Gran Reserva: matured for five years (of which at least one and a half years in oak barrels). This is the highest category among Spanish wines.
The favourite red grape types are Tempranillo and Granacha. The Spanish white wines are also worth a closer look. Fruity, aromatic Riojas and light wines like Torres Viña from Catalunya can be found in the online store of EXPERT24.