About Red Wines from Spain

About Red Wines from Spain
Spain today ranks as the third largest wine producing nation, trailing only France and Italy in the category. Vineyards are planted in numerous regions throughout the country and recently tens of thousands of acres have been planted in the La Mancha region, not far from Madrid in the middle of Spain. There are many different types of Spanish wines, ranging from the highly popular and enjoyable sparkling wines known as Cava; these well made wines are reasonably priced. Albariño, a dry, aromatic white from northwestern Spain, has become very popular in the US market, especially as a food wine with Asian or fusion cuisine. Of course, Spain is best known for its red wines. Historically the most famous and highly regarded reds have been from Rioja, but as of late reds from Ribera del Duero and Priorat have helped boost Spain's identity as a country of superior red wines. Finally, there are sherries of exceptional quality in various degrees of dryness and sweetness; these are among the world's greatest and most popular fortified wines.

Top Picks for Spain

Red Wines

Vilano 2019 Crianza Ribera Del Duero
94 points
$24
An incredibly well-balanced and integrated interplay of fruit and oak shines through in this delicious Tempranillo.
Awards: 2022 Best Tempranillo
Legón 2019 Premium Ribera Del Duero
94 points
$45
Savory aromas develop into a fruit forward and full-bodied red wine to pair with gamier meat courses.
Awards: 2022 Top 2 Ribera del Duero
Vilano 2019  Ribera Del Duero
94 points
$54
A smooth wine with big fruit, structure, and oak likely to improve with years of bottle conditioning.
Awards: 2022 Top 2 Ribera del Duero
Villa Roya 2018 Generación De Pasión Grenache
93 points
$16
Best Buy
A great blend of fruit and savory aromas and flavors; ideal to pair with an entree or cheese course.
Awards: 2022 Best Grenache
93 points $16 Best Buy
Vilano 2020 Black Ribera Del Duero
93 points
$19
Best Buy
Vibrant and fruity with the body and heft that it demands to be in your glass while grilling some steaks.
93 points $19 Best Buy
Vilano 2018 Reserva Ribera Del Duero
93 points
$32
A cellar worthy red wine that will continue to develop well into the next decade.
Terra Incógnita 2019  Ribera Del Duero
93 points
$45
A rich, bold wine that will hold up to a roast or has enough decadent fruit to pair with a savory dessert course.
Abadia De San Quirce 2016 Reserva Tempranillo
93 points
$38
A divine Ribera del Duero with great balance and beautifully developed flavors; buy more than one bottle.
Kirkland Signature 2015 Gran Reserva Ribera Del Duero
93 points
$14
Best Buy
An expressive Tempranillo balancing ripe fruit and fine tannic grip.
93 points $14 Best Buy
Fernandez Gomez 2017 Selección Familia Rioja DOC
93 points
$19.99
Best Buy
An inviting and balanced Rioja with a lipsmacking, lengthy finish.
Awards: 2021 Best Value Rioja
93 points $19.99 Best Buy