Spain

Our Producers

  
 

Axial Vinos

   
Zaragoza, Spain    
www.axialvinos.com     

Axial Vinos was set up in 1999 by Louis Geirnaerdt, a Dutchman passionate about Spanish wines. Along with his wife Eugenie, he owns three wineries in Navarra, Campo de Borja and Cariñena. They work closely with grape growers and wine producers around Spain.


  

Spanish Palate

     
  Toro, Zamora, Spain    
  www.spanishpalate.es    
 

Nicola Thornton and winemaker Alvaro Martín are the dynamic duo behind Spanish Palate, a company formed to showcase the full array of wine styles from Spain, all produced by small independent wineries.


 

Bodegas Concavins

   
Catalonia, Spain    
www.closmontblanc.com     

Clos Montblanc is located in Conca de Barberà in Catalonia, in the northeast of Spain. It is close to the fortified town of Montblanc and monastery of Poblet. The climate is influenced by the Mediterranean Sea, with hot summers and cold winters.

 


  

Vinoselección

   
Madrid, Spain    
www.vinoseleccion.com    

Vinoselección, based in Madrid, was started by Massimo Galimberti as a weekend hobby, when he would tour Spain looking for interesting wines to uncork and share with friends. It went on to become Spain’s first wine club. Over the years, Vinoselección has developed relationships with selected wineries across Spain.

 



 

Wine Regions

Calatayud: DO Calatayud is located in Aragon in northern Spain. The provincial capital Zaragoza is 90 km away. The region got its DO status in 1990 and is named after the small town of Calatayud, known for its high bell tower. The previously bulk-producing region has been transformed since getting its DO status, with producers making distinctive and promising wines in the dry continental climate. The elevation of Calatayud vineyards allows the vines to produce balanced grapes with high alcohol. Garnacha is the most commonly grown grape (over three quarters of plantings), followed by Tempranillo and Mazuelo. White varieties include Viura, Malvasia and Chardonnay.

Rueda: DO Rueda is located along the Duero river 150 km northwest of the Spanish capital. It is mostly a white-wine region, producing aromatic dry whites made from Verdejo, which accounts for 90% of the plantings of the region. The region was hard hit by the Phylloxera epidemic of the 19th century, and many of its vineyards disappeared then.

Navarra: DO Navarra is located in northern Spain. The DO was created in 1933. Navarra’s geography is diverse and includes the Bay of Biscay, the Pyrenees Mountains and the Ebro River. Navarra is strongly associated with rosés made of Garnacha, which are dry and fruity. More recently Tempranillo has been more extensively grown in the region.

Cariñena: DO Cariñena is located in Aragon, in northern Spain, north-east of Calatayud. It is one of the oldest DOs in Europe, having been declared as such in 1932. Winemaking in the region dates back to the Romans, when the Cariñena grape variety was widely spread in the area. The vineyards in the DO are mostly planted at high altitudes on rocky soils with pebbles, around the Ebro River. They benefit from a continental climate with low humidity. Today, Garnacha has dethroned Cariñena as the most favoured grape variety.

Rioja: DOCa Rioja in northern Spain is perhaps the most famous Spanish wine region, best known for wines made from Tempranillo, Garnacha, Graciano and Mazuelo. All the top end wines in the DOCa are matured in new oak barrels. Rioja is further subdivided into three zones: Rioja Alta, Rioja Oriental and Rioja Alavesa. The region has its own classification system for ageing wines: Rioja Joven, meant for early drinking; Crianza, aged in oak for one year and in bottle for one year; Reserva, aged in oak for one year and in bottle for three years; Gran Reserva, aged at least two years in barrels and 3 in bottle. Rioja has produced wine since at least the 16th century, and its development was accelerated in the 19th century during the Phylloxera outbreak – French merchants flocked to Spain to find new wine supplies.

Cava: DO Cava is Spain’s answer to Champagne. The DO title was introduced in 1970. Cava is not a region and Cava wine can be produced in different parts of Spain: Catalonia, Aragon, Navarra, Rioja, Pais Vasco, Valencia and Extremadura all produce the sparkling white. Grape varieties used in Cava are traditionally Macabeo, Parellada and Xarel-lo. The wine is made in a similar way to Champagne, using the “Méthode Traditionelle”.
Almansa: D.O. Almansa is in the province of Albacete, in Spain’s La Mancha wine region. Founded in 1966, viticulture in the area has been present since the 16th century. The Denominación de Origen is a plateau that extends from the Almansa corridor in the east to Valencia to the west. Counting more than 7,000 acres of vineyards, the D.O. Almansa is in the transition zone between the high central region and the Mediterranean Sea. Summers are very hot, often reaching 40°C. Low precipitations and limestone soil produce wines with lots of flavour and colour intensity. Garnacha Tintorera and Monastrell are the most common varieties planted in D.O. Almansa.
Jumilla: The D.O. Jumilla region has been growing vines since the early Romanization of Hispania. When the Phylloxera plague hit Europe in the 19th century, this region was not affected, hence the spectacular boost for the wine industry in Jumilla in terms of wine growing and exports. The D.O. has been regulated since 1966, one of the oldest in Spain. The soils have a large capacity for water and medium permeability – the vineyards can thus subsist in drought conditions. Located between 400 and 800 meters in altitude, the vineyards of Jumilla stand out thanks to their terroir.
Ribera del Duero: The Ribera del Duero wine region is located in northern Spain, in Castilla y Leon. It is renowned for its high-quality red wines made from Tempranillo. The DO was awarded to the region in 1982, despite a winemaking history dating back centuries. Tempranillo here is also known as Tinto Fino or Tinta del País. Wines in the DO follow the same ageing system as Rioja (Crianza, Reserva, Gran Reserva).
Toro: DO Toro is located in the province of Zamora in Spain, in the northwest of Castilla y Leon. The region was not affected by the Phylloxera crisis thanks to its sandy soils; as a result, Toro still has a number of very old vines of Tinta de Toro (Tempranillo). The continental climate and the absence of any maritime influence, as well as the altitude, all play an important part in Toro’s terroir. The wines are naturally high in alcohol and producers need to work to keep the alcohol in check to keep the wines balanced. A renewed interest has been shown in DO Toro’s wine, and the region is being rejuvenated.
Rias Baixas: DO Rias Baixas in Galicia was established in 1988. The region stretches 100 km along the Atlantic coast to the Portuguese border. The ocean is therefore a major influence on the climate and the vines: average precipitations are high and the temperatures cool, allowing Albariño grapes to thrive.
Montsant: DO Montsant in Catalonia is characterized by its high-altitude vineyards (360 metres on average), located on terraces and interspersed with pine and olive trees. The local soil, Llicorella, is high in granite and slate and create concentrated wines. Red wines are made from Garnacha, Cariñena and Tempranillo. Some white wines are produced from Macabeo, Chardonnay and Garnacha Blanca. The region is getting recognized internationally for its high-quality wines.
Catalunya: Catalunya, also spelled Catalonia or Cataluña, is an independent region in north-eastern Spain that borders France. Viticulture in the region has been around for over 4000 years, through the Greek and Roman Empires and the Moorish occupation. DO Catalunya has a very diverse range of wines, with a strong French influence. The climate is mostly Mediterranean, and Cava grapes thrive here (Macabeo, Parellada, Xarel-lo). Red wines are mostly made from Tempranillo, Garnacha and Monastrell.
Conca de Barbera: DO Conca de Barbera is a small region located in Catalonia in northern Spain. Most grapes in the area are used to make Cava wines (Macabeo, Parellada, Xarel-lo). Soils are mostly limestone except at higher altitudes where it is replaced by slate. White wines and Cavas used to be the most popular in the area but reds are becoming highly praised – Trepat, an indigenous grape, is making great rosés and reds.

11 Grape Varieties to Discover

White
Red
  • Viura = Macabeo = Macabeu
  • Verdejo
  • Xarel-lo
  • Parellada
  • Albariño
  • Garnacha
  • Tempranillo = Tinta de Toro = Tinta del Pais
  • Monastrell
  • Graciano
  • Carineña = Samsó
  • Trepat

 

 

 

 



 

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