With over 1 million acres of the country covered in vineyards, Spain devotes more of its land area to wine making than any other place in the world!
In Spain there are 69 officially recognised wine regions. The mainstream areas are referred to as “Denominacion de Origen” “D.O”, and the wine produced here is carefully regulated for quality according to the countries specific laws.
With extremely varying climates throughout the country, every wine region has something different to offer – from the famous red wines of Rioja to the sparkling Cava from Penedes.
The Spain wine region map can appear overcrowded and confusing, so to make planning a wine tour to the third largest producer of wine in the world, we have divided this map of Spanish wine regions into 7 geographical areas:
This area has a cool and misty climate that creates lush pastures and forests. Albariño is the dominant grape, grown along the coast or the rivers of the Rias Baixas, which produces a variety of crisp and aromatic white wines. Moving inland, away from the coast towards Bierzo and Ribiera Sacra, brings red grape varieties. Ribeiro is a Spanish Denominación de Origen located in the northwest of the province of Ourense, in the valleys formed by the rivers Miño, Arnoia and Avia.
Ribera del Duero
Ribera del Duero has some of the country’s finest red wines, and is also the home to Spain’s most renowned winery, Vega Sicilia. This region, which forms part of the border between Spain and Portugal is fuelled by Tempranillo – the most planted grape across the country – producing bold red wines from Toro, Ribera del Duero and Leon. The minerally white wine, Verdejo, is also grown in Rueda.
Ebro River Valley
This area is the most recognisable on any map of Spain wine regions, La Rioja, which has traditionally claimed the title of the country’s most prestigious wine producer. Tempranillo remains dominate here, but Grenache, Mazuelo and Graciano are generating new styles in the area. Although red varieties of different ages attract most attention, Navarra has a reputation for producing fine rosé.
Almost two thirds of the country’s wines are produced from this area settled in the centre of the Spanish wine region map. This dry, mountainous area produces well valued red wines from Grenache, Tempranillo and even the rare Petit Verdot – while the white variety Airen is the most planted grape here.
This warm, coastal area on the Spain wine map envelopes the sub-regions of Valencia, Murcia and Catalonia. The latter has the most internationally acclaimed reputation for quality wines, including world class reds from Priorat and Montsant. This is also Cava country with Penedes producing nearly all of the country’s famous sparkling white and rosé wines.
Located in the south west of the Spanish wine regions map, Andalucía is a hot and dry area that is famous for its variety of fortified and dessert wines, commonly known as Sherry. Despite the arid, spaghetti western landscape, Andalucías most famous winemaking region, Jerez, receives ample rainfall that is captured in limestone soils to provide cool moisture for vineyards.
Outside of the mainland map of Spanish wine regions are the Canary and Balearic Islands, which offer a wide range of wines from Listan Negro-based reds to sweet dessert white wines using Moscatel.