About Spanish Wine

About Spanish Wine
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

Bodegas Piqueras 2020 Castillo De Almansa Roble Almansa
94 points
$12
Best Buy
Herbal and floral in companionship with bold dark red fruits and earthy tones, this is an indulgent, plush wine with broad appeal.
94 points $12 Best Buy
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
Member’s Mark 2017 Reserva Tempranillo
93 points
$9.98
Best Buy
Ready for pairing with asador meats, a full bodied modern styled Tempranillo.
93 points $9.98 Best Buy
Full Flap NV Red Blend Castilla Y Leon
93 points
$19
Best Buy
A beautiful red blend that is the perfect table wine for grilled meats and roast vegetables.
93 points $19 Best Buy
La Baraja 2021  Godello
93 points
$36
A lovely Old World wine with charm that is meant to pair with a breadth of foods; nicely balanced between oak and fruit.
Alto Moncayo 2020 Veraton Garnacha
93 points
$19
Best Buy
Bold and ripe with well integrated oak; sure to be a crowd pleaser.
93 points $19 Best Buy
Vilano 2022 Roble Ribera Del Duero
93 points
$19
Best Buy
Cheerful fruits make this very approachable and sippable all on its own but the solid structural elements make this an ideal dinner wine.
93 points $19 Best Buy
La Baraja 2019 Red Blend Ribera Del Duero
93 points
$65
Lovely interplay of fruit and oak that is good now but potentially excellent with some further integration from bottle conditioning.