Wine regions of Spain

Torres Santa Margarita Julien Pagliuchi from the MMI Wine team takes us on a tour of some of Spain’s most important DOs (Denominación de Origen) with some distinctive and very drinkable wines.  Download the tasting notes here and share your tasting experience in the comments box below.

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Penedes is located within Catalonia and is its largest and most important wine region both in volume of wine produced and due to its contribution to the range innovative of wine styles coming out of the area.

Torres – Gran Viña Sol

Chardonnay and Parellada are harmoniously blended after careful fermentation of a percentage in Limousin oak barrels, thus retaining the character of each variety; the result is a magnificent, intense wine.  It is intensely aromatic and full-bodied, with a profusion of flowery notes over a fruity background (very ripe peaches) and a hint of fennel. On the palate the wine has a long aftertaste and is silky with an elegant fullness. A touch of vanilla in the finish is indicative of the wine’s short ageing in French oak.

Rias Baixas in Galicia in North West Spain produces some of the country’s most sought after dry white wines produced from native grape varieties in particular Albariño, which makes a fragrant, intensely fruity, dry wine.

Martin Codax – Albariño

This wine, made from 100% Albarino, has an attractive straw-greenish yellow colour, with ripe lemon nuances. Bright and slightly sparkling. It stands out for its special intensity and elegance.

Rueda has been a wine producing area since the Middle Ages.  Verdejo is Rueda’s premium grape variety, producing fruity, refreshing and dry white wines.

Axial Esperanza

Crisp and refreshing, this versatile blend of two Spanish grapes Verdejo and Viura, displays delicate floral aromas and forward fruit. Absolutely delicious!

Bierzo is a small wine region in north west Spain, sheltered from the climatic excesses of the Atlantic and the central plateau, with well-drained soils on slate and granite. It’s received a lot of attention lately particularly for balanced, fruity red wines made from the local Mencía grape.

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Vinos de Arganza – La Mano

The red fruit aromas of this wine are mouthwateringly juicy with a slight herbal edge. In the mouth it’s medium weight with blueberry, cherry and other red fruit flavors.

Rioja is located in Northern Spain, on both sides of the River Ebro making it a very distinct and unique wine region, renowned in particular for full bodied reds.

Cune Tinto Crianza

A light, modern style of Rioja which after just one year in barrel has only a trace of oak on the palate. On the other hand, it has a sweet raspberry fruit from the Tempranillo in abundance.

Ribera del Duero This region is making a serious challenge to Rioja as the leading red wine producing area with top quality reds.

Pingon – Carramimbre

Subtle aromas of vanilla complement the rich red fruit character of this concentrated Tempranillo-rich wine. It’s juicy and well-structured with a long finish.

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3 Comments

  • petaroy
    Thursday 5th May 2011 2:16 pm

    Martin Codax – Albariño
    This wine was absolutely gorgeous…I bought one bottle to test and went back the next day to buy more. Really delightful on a hot day !

  • grigor
    Thursday 5th May 2011 4:24 pm

    On trying Martin Codax for the first time, I found it just right, refreshing and stimulatingly complex.
    It costs a few more dirhams more than some of its rivals, but you are getting a great for that small premium. I found it dry, but not bone dry. A wine like this needs a little sweet to tame its juicy acidity.
    The flavours that I got from this were a warm lemon, grapefruit, just perfect for a hot Dubai summer.

    GRIGOR SCOTT

  • DomDom
    Saturday 28th May 2011 9:21 am

    Hi there,

    got a bottle of Torres Gran Vina as a present, this Wine is very refreshing in the hot summer of Dubai. Its a fruity Wine easy to drink, just make sure to serve the Wine cold. Its full of flavor and a perfect beverage for a Friday Brunch. Have it together with some Fish or Seafood even with a nice mixed Salad.

    Dominic H.

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