Which are the best wines in Spain?

Spain has been producing good wines for centuries. Yet, which are really the best wines in Spain?
Spain has a long winemaking history: Before the Romans came, the vine was already cultivated in many areas of the peninsula. And now, thousands of years later, it is the country with the greatest area in the world devoted to vineyards, and the third in terms of total production.

Mejores vinos de España

Analysing the Spanish climate and soils, Spain may seem to lack the best conditions for producing high quality wines. It is a generally hot and dry country with infertile soils. The high average temperatures encourage grapes to ripen quickly, and sometimes in an unbalanced way. In addition, the shortage of rain and the low fertility of some soils make it difficult to grow grapes.

However, since ancient times winegrowers in Spain have known how to listen to the needs of plants and offer solutions that end up producing great wines.
For example, locating the vineyards in suitable places, and cultivating and training them so that the plants have more water and nutritional resources available to them. Or situating them in cooler places, with relatively low planting densities, and training the plants in bush form to better adjust the production to their vigour.

With these and other measures, Spain has managed to produce quality wines with a worldwide reputation. Which are the best Spanish wines for us? Answering this question is difficult, because very good wines are produced in different parts of Spain. But let’s try …

In La Rioja, for example, wine has been made since ancient times. However, there was a qualitative leap in the cultivation of the vine and the production of quality wines shortly after the arrival of phylloxera in France. It was then that many of the best French winemakers crossed the Pyrenees to settle in Spain, bringing with them new varieties and processing techniques. Today some of the best La Rioja wines are Castillo de Ygay Reserva Especial Blanco,  Rioja Alta 890 Gran Reserva, or Viña Tondonia Gran Reseva.

In the Priorat, the Romans or the monks of the Carthusian order were already aware that this was the place to obtain very special and interesting wines. However, after phylloxera it was a region that remained forgotten for years until a group of winemakers saw its potential and made a renewed commitment to the area in the 1990s. The area is now greatly revalued and among its best wines we find L’Ermita, by Álvaro Palacios, Clos Mogador by René Barbier, or the 100 Parker points rated Clos Eramus by Daphne Glorian.

Ribera del Duero also has a long winegrowing tradition. The Phoenicians, Romans and monks from Cîteaux chose the Duero basin to cultivate the vine and produce extraordinary wines. Nowadays fantastic wineries continue to produce some of the best wines in Spain. When we talk about outstanding wines from the Ribera del Duero, we have to mention the famous Vega Sicilia Único or the Pingus from Dominio de Pingus.

Lastly, in Jerez we find generous and magical wines. Wines that are unique wines in the world because they undergo biological ageing. Nowhere else have we been able to reproduce the conditions that allow this mysterious phenomenon of biological ageing of wine to take place, a process known as ageing under a film of yeast or  “velo flor“. Bodegas Tradición with its Palo Cortado VORSValdespino Amontillado VORS or Valdespino Moscatel Viejísimo should also be considered among the select group of best wines in Spain

Which are the best wines in Spain for us? Have you already tasted any of the above? We urge you to try them!

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