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Wines by Region
 
Spanish wine appelations are called Designation of Origin (D.O.) and there are 66 in the country. A Designation of Origin is a type of geographical indication which ensures a particular style of wine and characteristics which are essential and exclusive to the wine region in which it is produced. Producers who qualify for the Designation of Origin, must maintain the highest possible quality and also follow certain traditional uses in production, which includes the use of the region's traditional grapes.
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Andalucia
 
There are seven denominations of origin in the region of Andalucía, we bring you spectacular dessert and sherry wines from D.O. Montilla-Moriles and red wines from D.O. Vinos de la Tierra de Cádiz.​
D.O. MONTILLA-MORILES

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VINOS DE CADIZ

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Balearic Islands
 
The wine culture in the Balearic Islands comes from a very early stage. In 123 a. C. the Romans invaded the islands, which stayed under the Roman Empire for over 1000 years. This is when the Balearic wine industry started gaining importance, specially in Mallorca.​
D.O. MALLORCA, VI DE LA TIERRA

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Canary Islands

Though far away and off the coast of Africa, the Canaries are part of Spain and part of Spanish (and American) history. There are seven main islands and six much smaller ones. Lanzarote is the most easterly island, just 60 miles from the west coast of southern Morocco, while the most distant of the Canaries from the continent, El Hierro, is 300 miles to the west.

The Canaries were an important port on the long voyage to America, and it was from here that Columbus took sugarcane to transplant into the Americas. Spain focused upon sweet wine production for exportation from 1492 onward; sweet wines travel better. But Columbus arrived far too late to honor the islands with his name. Dogs (in Latin, Canis, hence the islands’ name) inhabited the islands at the time of Roman occupation in 50BC. The bird by that name is indigenous to the islands.

The islands remain phylloxera–free, and so grapes that may exist nowhere else still survive here. You will see new and strange white grapes such as Marmajuelo and reds such as Vijariego, among others.

Volcanoes created these islands and their topography. Spain’s highest mountain, Mount Teide, is on Tenerife, the largest Canary Island, and most of the island’s vineyards are grown on fertile, volcanic soils. There are a number of DOs on these islands, and most are very interesting, but few wines are available in the international markets.

D.O.  YCODEN DAUTE ISORA

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Castilla - La Mancha

La Mancha is a Spanish Denominación de Origen (DO) for wines, with over 190,000 ha planted to vines, and is the largest continuous vine-growing area in the world. 22,000 grape-growers and over 300 wineries (bodegas) are registered with the DO, which was formally created in 1976.

 

The climate is continental (long hot summers and cold winters) and ranges from extremes of -15°C in winter to 45°C in summer. Drought is also common due to the micro-climate of La Mancha which prevents moisture bearing winds from crossing it; mean annual rainfall is about 300 to 400 mm. On the other hand, the vines are exposed to about 3000 hours of sunlight per annum.

 

The soil structure is very homogenous throughout the region and tends to be flat. It is formed of reddish-brown sandy clay, poor in organic material, and rich in lime and chalk.

 

The most grown grape varieties are Tempranillo and Garnacha but there's many others in minor quantity, like Airen, Bobal or Monastrell.

D.O.  MENTRIDA
D.O.VALDEPEÑAS
 
Castilla y Leon
 

There are nine denominations of origin in the region of Castilla León, from west to east: Bierzo, Toro, Arribes, Tierra de León, Tierra de Zamora, Cigales, Rueda, Ribera del Arlanza and Ribera del Duero. We bring you delicious reds from the internationally acclaimed D.O. Ribera del Duero and whites from D.O. Rueda.

D.O.  RIBERA DEL DUERO

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D.O.  RUEDA

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D.O.  BIERZO

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D.O.  SARDON DEL DUERO

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Catalonia
 
Priorat and Montsant are the most important wine regions in Catalonia, this wine country is also the birthplace of the sparkling wine, Cava. We bring you 5 very special wines from D.O. Montsant, Beer from Barcelona and Sangría from Tarragona. From Catalonia we also bring the award winning Planetes de Nin, one of the Top 50 wines of 2016 in New Zealand, from the DOQ* of Priorat.
D.O.  MONTSANT

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D.O.Q.  PRIORAT

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Galicia
 

Galicia is located in the north west of Spain and it holds 5 Denominations of Origen: Monterrei, Rias Baixas, Ribeiro, Valdeorras and Ribeira Sacra. 

We bring you Albariño wines from the D.O. Rias Baixas.

D.O.  RIAS BAIXAS

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