If you’ve started exploring Spanish wine, chances are you’ve had a Tempranillo or two. Although Tempranillo is the most planted grape variety in Spain, and most famously hailing from Rioja & Ribera del Duero, there is a much larger array of interesting red and white varieties throughout this plentiful wine producing country.
The exciting thing about Spanish wine is there are so many great value wines, and if you’re willing to spend a little more and exploring the classics, you’ll be that much more rewarded!
Another special feature in Spanish wine is many times they do the work for you!
This means you get the opportunity to taste well-cellared/aged wines without investing time & storage space at home, resulting in an already approachable and complex wine right out of the gate!
Look for the terms Joven, Crianza, Reserva, or Gran Reserva to guide you on how long the wine has been aged.
Last but not least, let’s not forget Cava (Spanish sparkling).
Cava Is produced in the traditional method (with secondary fermentation in the bottle) like Champagne in France, except a fraction of the cost.
The big takeaway is you can have fun exploring Spanish wine of all types without overextending your time and wallet!