Spain is one of the world's top wine countries. It has the world's largest vineyard area, which gives it an unparalleled wealth and diversity in terms of grape varieties and wine styles: fine still wines (red, white and rosé, all of them either young or aged in oak), sparkling wines (especially Cava), fortified wines, sweet wines, etc. Spain has a treasure trove of world-class wines.

Spain, thanks to its great natural conditions for viticulture, has a very long wine making history, being already a preferred wine origin for ancient Rome. Recently, in the second half of the 20th Century, after the Spanish Civil War and World War 2, the wine sector was boosted by change and improvements in vineyards, wineries and the introduction of appropriate regulations in the industry.

Because Spain is part of the European Union, the wine labeling system is similar to those of France and Italy. The seal of quality guarantee you will find on a bottle is its Denominación de Origen (DO), which is the equivalent of an Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) in France and guarantees that the wine in that bottle comes from within a specific region and has followed strict quality controls and regulations all through the process of viticulture and wine making.

During the last 20 years, Spain has been undergoing a veritable revolution in wine making with a focus on quality and on getting the best out of its rich soils, climates and grape varieties. It has become a winemaker's dream, with Quality and Diversity as the key words.

 

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