described on the Andalucia page.
(Chacoli) Rather acid light wines wrung from the Basque
poured from on high to get some air into the wine.
y La Mancha
of the meseta.
is the king of Spanish wine, divided into three areas, Alavesa,
and Baja. (Tempranillo, Garnacha, Graciano, Mazuelo and Viura (white)
Marqués de Murrieta is a long established bodega.
del Duero. Pesquera and Vega Sicilia are two of the great wines of
the Duero valley.Grapes:- Tempranillo, Tinto fino,Tinta del pais. Also
some bodegas add small quantities of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or
of Priorato bear the legend "Scala die" or stairway to heaven because
wine growing here was begun by monks attracted here by a vision of
ascending a stairway to heaven. The low yield grapes on steep slopes
a concentrated and powerful wine of 13.5-18.0%.
(sparkling) "méthode champenoise" wines made from a mix of
and parellada grapes. Cordorníu and Freixenet are the main
are a major player here. Viña Sol is the big seller, made from
Gran Viña Sol has Chardonnay added. Viña Esmerelda is
from Muscat and Gewurztraminer, fragrant enough to dab behind the ears!
Milmanda is the flagship of the whites, oaked and full flavoured.
Baixas - Albariño. In the wet north the grape vines have to
be trained onto pergolas to avoid fungal problems. Perhaps it is my
but I feel I can taste the soft northern rains in them! Other grapes of
the region are:-Treixadura, Loureiro, Caiño.
times a fortified version of this wine was imported into England, but
differences forced a change to port.Mentioned in the Canturbury
Treixadura, Torrontés, Godello, Palamino, Lado.Albariño,
Loureiro. for the reds, Mencía.
Vines planted on steep slopes of the Rio Sil gorge. "Sacra" after the
monasteries along the gorge.Main black grape, Mencía.
whites and big reds.
internationally popular varieties in favour of its indiginous varieties