Getting to Know Spanish Wine

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Getting to Know Spanish Wine

  1. 1. GETTING TO KNOWSPANISH WINERick FisherBodega: Adventures in Spanish Food & Wine
  2. 2. Spain is the…#1 country in area of vine cultivation in the EU (30%) and the world (15%)#2 exporter world-wide (17% of total market) – 60% white (primarily Cava) and 40% red#3 largest wine producer in the world (behind France and Italy)
  3. 3. Wine Production in Spain• Castilla-La Mancha (47%)• Cataluña (10%)• Rioja (7%)• Valencia (6.5%)
  4. 4. Most Common White Varietals • Airén • Macabeo (Viura) • Palomino • Pedro Ximenez
  5. 5. Most Common Red Varietals • Tempranillo (aka Tinto Fino, Cencibel) • Bobal • Garnacha • Monastrell
  6. 6. Spanish Wine Terminology• Blanco – “White”• Bodega – “Winery”• Cosecha – “Harvest” or “Vintage”• Roble – “Oak”• Rosado – “Ros锕 Tinto – “Red”• VORS – “Very Old Rare Sherry”• VOS – “Very Old Sherry”
  7. 7. Designations of Age (Red Wine) Designation Time In Barrel Time Before ReleaseJoven None 1st year followingCrianza 6 months 24 monthsReserva 12 months 36 monthsGran Reserva 18 months 60 months
  8. 8. Spanish Wine Categories• Table Wines • Vino de Mesa (“Table Wine”) • Vino de la Tierra (“Wine from the Country”) – currently 46• Quality Wines • DO (“Denomination of Origin”) – currently 68 • DOCa (“Qualified Deonomination of Origin”) – currently 2 • DO Pago (Single vineyard, strict criteria) – currently 11
  9. 9. Reading a Spanish Wine Label
  10. 10. Spanish Wine RegionsGreen Spain Ebro River ValleyNorth CentralSpain Mediterranean CoastThe Meseta IslandsAndalucia Source: Wines from Spain

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