Hurrah for Spanish wine grapes!


Freshly harvested Spanish grapes / ICEX

With harvest time for Spanish wine grapes upon us, there is perhaps no better time to reflect on the incredible variety and diversity of Spanish wine grapes.

With such varying soils, landscapes and climates, Spain has an amazing bounty of native, noble grape varieties, while many non-native varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Syrah, among others, also do exceedingly well in different Spanish regions, often taking on traits that are specific to the areas where they’re grown.

You might be familiar with native varieties like red grapes Tempranillo, Garnacha and Monastrell, to name a few, but what about Prieto Picudo, Bobal and Mencía?

And I’m sure you’ve enjoyed a glass or two of Spanish white wine made with Albariño or Verdejo, but what about wines made with grapes like Garnacha Blanca, Treixadura or Hondarrabi Zuri?

With an ever increasing variety, quality and range of fantastic Spanish wines to choose from, this is the perfect moment to become (more) familiar with the wonderful world of Spanish wine grapes. Fortunately for you and to this end, Foods and Wines from Spain has several tools that can help. For starters, take a look at the wine grape glossary, wine glossary and the wine section on our site, and then have a glass of Spanish wine and think fondly of your bygone summer holidays and cheers to autumn!




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