The 10 native red grape varieties most widely grown in Spain

Spain is without a doubt one of the most interesting wine-producing regions in the world. Not only for its high quality wines, acknowledged internationally in all the main guidebooks, but also for having something that few countries boast: An unbeatable variety of wine.

This diversity can be easily appreciated by just taking a look at the sheer number of native grape varieties grown in Spain.

Tempranillo grapes Flickr

Did you know than in Spain they grow over 200 grape varieties, with approximately 140 of them being native to Spain? This fact, coupled with Spain’s great diversity in climate allows winemakers to produce a great range of wines with different characteristics.

Even though the differences in production are huge, here are the top 10 main grape varieties grown in Spain (Informe UPM-UR, July 2007):

  1. Tempranillo, 206.988 Ha.
  2. Bobal, 85.124 Ha.
  3. Garnacha Tinta, 75.399 Ha.
  4. Monastrell, 63.244 Ha.
  5. Garnacha Tintorera, 22.251 Ha.
  6. Mencía, 9.055 Ha.
  7. Tinta de Toro, 6.769 Ha.
  8. Mazuela (Cariñena), 6.130 Ha.
  9. Prieto Picudo, 5.187 Ha.
  10. Listán Negro, 4.698 Ha.

At Decantalo we’ve decided to write a series of articles to review in depth the characteristics, properties and main production areas of each one of these varieties.

Furthermore, in each post we’ll recommend some single-varietal wines so that you can discover each variety firsthand.

Watch this space!

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