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Spanish wine regions
Wine region diagonally above Madrid, best known for the white grape verdejo. It thrives in the blood-hot summers and cold winters. It has had Denominación de Origen (DO) status since 1980. Here are a few more DOs you order in bodegas (just like a 'Bordeaux' in France)
The wine region southwest of Barcelona in Catalonia brings flavours tinged with the green of the mountains to the blue of the Mediterranean. Variety, in other words. Xarel-lo is the most widely grown grape. Among other things, we took a drive through Miguel Torres' green wine emporium. Highly recommended!
DO Rías Baixas is the main appellation of origin in Galicia, known for its fresh white wines. The albariño grape reigns supreme here, turning straw yellow in the glass with flashes of gold and green. With the mineralic Mar de Frades Albariño 2020, we imagine ourselves back on the terrace from our picture.
Spain's most famous wine, much covered in WINELIFE. Made from tempranillo, a Rioja Reserva is the perfect match with barbecue meat or jamón. Aromas of fruit and from wood ageing and firm tannins are its hallmarks. The area runs some 120 kilometres along the Ebro River.
It was not until 1986 that the Cava region was legally defined. In those production areas (mainly in Penedés, but also in Aragon and Rioja), quality sparkling wine is made using the Champagne method with second fermentation in the bottle. The protagonists: macabeu, xarel-lo and parellada.
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