The Illustrated Guide to Spanish Wines

Every wine is special, appealing to the drinker not just with its taste but in many other ways, too. Wine drinkers pay special attention to things like how long it took to harvest the grapes or which vineyard in Spain the grapes came from.

Spanish wines are indeed one of the most exceptional wines there is in the world. Here’s a fun fact: Spanish painter Pablo Picasso lived in one of the wine-producing regions in Spain and would use wine bottles, glasses, or vineyards as some of the subjects in his paintings.

Today, Spain remains as one of the top producers of quality wines globally, using both centuries-long traditions in winemaking and technological innovations at the same time to create masterpieces. Wine, or vino in Spanish, comes in red, white, sherry, and sparkling varieties.

These varieties are further classified into different categories depending on their quality. The ones with standard quality are sold within Spain, and the premium ones are exported to other countries. It’s also the latter that gets the Denominación de Origen or “Destination of Origin” (DO) label, a distinction which means that the wine has met quality standards, including grape variety, blend, and aging.

Aging refers to the length of time that the wine is kept either in bottles or oak barrels; it is used for classifying wines, too. The ones aged in barrels have that distinct vanilla flavor, while bottle-aged wines tend to be on the fruity side. Aging may also determine when wines are best consumed—some within a few years after purchase, while others can be kept for as long as ten years or more.

Learn more about the art of winemaking, particularly that of Spanish wines that have the distinct quality and delicious taste you want in every drink. Check out our featured infographic.

Spanish wines

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