Spain is a great value wine country, resurgent after a period of stagnation and now producing many exciting wines winning friends and plaudits around the world. The depth and breadth of the country’s wines, so enticing to regular visitors to the country, is now being exported with renewed vigour so why not start looking at Spanish wines with a new curiosity?

 

Spanish Wine

 

Most of us associate Spain with Rioja and there is no doubt that this marvellous wine is popular for very good reasons. Combining lovely, velvety fruit appeal with ageing potential, its sales surge at Christmas when it is rightly perceived as a safe bet gift for men. Add to this the interest provided by the hierarchy of Rioja wines – Joven, Crianza, Reserva, Gran Reserva – and you have a wine that accommodates wine drinkers who like forward, fresh fruit from younger wines as well as those people who enjoy the complexity of reds that have aged in oak barrels for at least two years before release.

But what of the others? The wines you might pass by without considering? In the reds, Cabernet Sauvignon is now grown extensively and used in combination with indigenous red grapes to deliver wines of class and resonance. Syrah is also a player in the red grape team in Spain since its qualities lend themselves perfectly to climate and terroir.

The whites are less well known, apart perhaps from the alluring Albarino – a lively, fresh, zingy white that should be on your list of summer wines.  You should also look out for Godello, Viura and Verdejo – steely, sharp and bright wines that work beautifully with the kind of foods we love to eat in the warmer months.