Tempranillo, Garnacha, Albariño, Verdejo, Airén… While these might be a few of the grape varieties that immediately come to mind when someone mentions Spanish wines, they are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the grapes used to make wines in this world-famous wine-producing country.
Of course this might come as no surprise when you consider the fact that Spain is well on its way to having one-hundred different Denominations of Origin, in addition to other protected wine designations including Pagos and Vinos de Tierra.
This country is particularly rich and varied in terms of climates, micro-climates, soil types, etc., thanks in large part to its dramatically shifting landscapes, mountain ranges and coasts. It is also particularly abundant in successfully cultivated wine making grape varieties, whether native, ancient, new, foreign or otherwise.
Find this information overwhelming? Don’t dismay! The key to learning about these varieties is right at your fingertips: the wonderful Spanish Wine Grapes glossary, which can be accessed from the Foodpedia section on Foods and Wines from Spain.