Spain

Spain is definitely one of the old-world players to keep an eye on. It is the land of old-vines, American oak and sherry. The main varieties grown in Spain are Tempranillo and Garnacha (Grenache) in the reds, and Airén, Viura/Macabeo, Verdejo and Albarino for the whites. Lesser grown whites include Palomino. Other reds successfully cultivated include Carignan, Mourvedre and Mencia. Although Spain can be quite a warm country, the vast majority of vineyards are 600m or so above sea level, so the cooler nights allow the grapes to develop full colour and acidity.

Rioja is undoubtedly the long-standing king of all the Spanish wine regions, where Tempranillo and Garnacha are commonly blended. However more recently many more regions have come to the forefront of interest. Ribera Del Duero is producing excellent Tempranillo blends rivalling those coming out of Rioja. Jerez in the South is the home of the fortified wine Sherry.

Spanish wine laws created the Denominación de Origen (DO) system in 1932 and were later revised in 1970. These include:

Denominación de Origen Calificada (DOCa or DOQ for Denominació d'Origen Qualificada in Catalan). For regions with a track record of consistent quality and is meant to be a step above DO level. Denominación de Origen (DO)- Used for mainstream-quality wine regions. Nearly two-thirds of the total vineyard area in Spain is within the boundaries of a DO region. Vino de Calidad Producido en Región Determinada (VCPRD) - This is somewhat of a stepping stone to DO status. Vinos de la Tierra (VdIT) - A level similar to France's Vin de pays system, where the regions are much larger. Vino de Mesa (VdM) - The equivalent of 'table wines' from France or Italy.
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  1. MARQUES DE TEZONA TEMPRANILLO 2018
    An impressively complete and versatile wine suitable for immediate appreciation. Rich, yet elegant with beautiful flavours, softness and very approachable - this is great quality for the price! The nose shows ripe redcurrants, wild strawberries, dried herbs and some savoury ... Learn More
  2. MARQUES DE TEZONA TEMPRANILLO 2017
    An impressively complete and versatile wine suitable for immediate appreciation. Rich, yet elegant with beautiful flavours, softness and very approachable - this is great quality for the price! The nose shows ripe redcurrants, wild strawberries, dried herbs and some savoury ... Learn More
  3. ALTACENA TEMPRANILLO 2017
    A great value tempranillo with an inviting nose of ripe dark berries and plums with hints of smoked spice. An elegant, medium bodied palate with lots of ripe red berried fruit and smoky spice. All supported by fine graphite tannins. ... Learn More
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    Sam Kim
  4. NAVAZOS I THINK MANZANILLA SACA DE JULY DE 2018
    Bottled from the Solera in July 2018 and sent directly to Australia. "Exceptional richness and depth.." AU Gourmet Traveller Light gold in colour with myriad of scents that include oyster shell, hay and preserved lemon. Like previous bottlings, this is a ... Learn More
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  5. CALZADAS DE ARADON CRIANZA 2014
    From the world-renowned Rioja region of north-east Spain, This is a delicious medium-bodied red for everyday drinking. Matured in both French and American oak for 12 months, and then allowed to mature in bottle for a further 6 months Fruit forward at ... Learn More
  6. VINA ROMITA RIOJA RESERVA 2012
    Imported exclusively by United Cellars. A blend of 90% Tempranillo, 5% Garnacha and 5% Mazuelo from a special selection of the best barrels giving perfectly balanced fruit and oak profile. On the nose, enveloping, toasted, smoked and spicy aromas appear in harmony with ... Learn More
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    Mark Faber
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  7. VALENCISO BLANCO 2017
    This fleshy, classy white is crafted from 100-plus-year-old vines of Viura (70%) and Garnacha Blanca (30%). It is sourced from four highland vineyards around Haro and Villalba. After a wild ferment, the wine is aged on lees in Russian, steam-bent, untoasted oak ... Learn More
    VALENCISO BLANCO 2017
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  8. TORO ALBALA FINO ELECTRICO BOMBILLA 750ML
    Made from 100% Pedro Ximénez, the dominant grape variety in Montilla-Moriles. It's a fino that differs from its Jerez counterparts on two counts: firstly it is made from 100% Pedro Ximénez and secondly it is not fortified (as the grapes ... Learn More
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    Mike Bennie
  9. TORO ALBALA DON PX GRAN RESERVA 1987 (HALF BOTTLE 375ML)
    There is no time limit for storage of this, and it improves with age even in opened bottle. Balsamic on the nose with pronounced notes of carob bean, marinades, liquorice, and raisined plums. These fragrances suddenly evolve into marked herbal ... Learn More
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    Luis Gutierrez
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  10. SANTAMANIA PREMIUM GRAPE VODKA (700ML)
    Santamanía's unique choice comes from the highest Mountain in Spain, the volcano of Mount Teide in Tenerife. The water that makes its way through the underground volcanic galleries of Tiede derive from the humid trade winds that come off ... Learn More
  11. SANTAMANIA MADRID DRY GIN 700ML
    A juniper-driven London Dry style, with a distinctive Spanish accent. A beautifully balanced contemporary gin. The nose shows pungent rosemary and fresh citrus aromas. The flavour profile is both zesty and sappy with delicate floral notes and of course the ... Learn More
  12. LA RIOJA ALTA RIOJA RESERVA ‘VINA ARDANZA’ 2009
    The Tempranillo grapes (80%) come from the 30-year-old La Cuesta and Montecillo vineyards, located in Fuenmayor y Cenicero. For the first time in the blend of this brand, the Garnacha (20%) comes from La Pedriza vineyard in Tudelilla (Rioja Baja) at an ... Learn More
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    James Suckling
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    Luis Gutierrez
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  13. SANTAMANIA RESERVA DRY GIN 700ML
    "Almost two years of research have gone into creating a gin that is aged in an entirely natural way. With our RESERVA gin, we have managed to combine the action of oak over time with the delicate flavours and aromas ... Learn More
  14. BODEGAS RODA RESERVA 2014
    A blend of 89% Tempranillo, 9% Graciano and 2% Garnacha. The aroma of Roda is a fine cocktail of berry, bramble, spice, earth and licorice. As always with Roda, beautiful fruit tannins are a big part of the picture, and the tannin perfume ( ... Learn More
  15. LA RIOJA ALTA RIOJA GRAN RESERVA ‘904’ 2009
    90% Tempranillo and 10% Graciano from vines over 60 years old in vineyards in Briñas, Labastida and Villalba. ... Learn More
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    James Suckling
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