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Facts on Spanish Wines

Wine in Spain: Basic Information

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Essential information about Spanish wine. Thanks to Mary O´Connor of Planeta Vino Wine Tasting School, Madrid for her help with this page.

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Facts on Spanish Wines

To learn more about Spanish wine, read this FAQ on Spanish Wine.

 

  • Grapes are the third biggest crop in Spain after cereals and olives.

     

  • 15.5% of the world's vineyards are in Spain, making Spain the number one ranked country in the world in terms of area covered by vineyards.

     

  • Spanish vineyards have a low yield (because of the dry climate) meaning Spain is only third in production behind France and Italy.

     

  • Despite most of Spain's wine being red, 61.5% of Spain's vineyards are white. This is because Spain also makes a lot of brandy and sherry.

     

  • The main red grape varieties in Spain are Tempranillo, Bobal, Garnacha (Grenache) & Monastrell.

     

  • The main white grape varieties in Spain are Airén, Macabeo, Palomino & Pedro Ximenez.

     

  • There are vineyards in all of Spain's 17 autonomous regions - from wet Galicia in the north-west to dry Murcia in the south-east.

     

  • The biggest surface area of vineyards is in Castilla-La Mancha.

     

  • The most densely planted vineyards in Spain are in La Rioja.

     

  • 56.2% of Spanish wine is designated as a 'quality wine' (VCPRD - Vino de Calidad Producido en una Región Determinada or 'Quality Wine Produced in a Determined Region').

     

  • Spain has 65 Denominación de Origen (DO).

     

  • There are 41 areas with wines designated as Vino de Tierra ('Wine from the Land')

     

  • One third of Spanish wine is exported. This figure is increasing.

     

  • Spain's top customers are the UK, Germany and the USA.

     

  • Spain is the fifth biggest exporter of wine to the US after Italy, Australia, France and Chile.

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