Spain is the third largest wine producing nation in the world, right behind France in 2nd place and Italy in 1st place. Spanish wine varietals like Tempranillo, Garnacha, and a blend of Xarel-lo, Macabéo, and Parellada used for the production of rose or white Cava (the French Champagne equivalent) offer exceptional value and a bold introduction to European wines.
If you are new to Spanish wines or just looking for one to pair with dinner tonight, a quick trip to your local wine store will reveal the basic differences between the terms Joven, Crianza, Reserva, and Gran Reserva. A little more research will introduce you to Spain’s appellation system which is as vast as those of Italy and France and as varied as its many regional dialects. However, one of the best ways to discover Spanish wines is through wine festivals like Festival Vino del Somontano. Every August this festival provides a unique opportunity to taste all the wines, sample the cuisine, and listen to the music of the Somontano region.
La Ruta del Vino offers a deeper dive into the wines of Somontano.