The international popularity of Spanish culture has exploded over the last few years. From art and architecture, to gastronomy and oenology, it seems that hedonists worldwide celebrate the splendour of Spain. One quick and easy way to get your fix of ‘Espana’, without having to get on a plane, is by cracking a bottle of Spanish wine.
Spain is fast becoming a world leader in wine making circles, rivalling its illustrious neighbour to the north, France, and is now recognised for producing high quality wines of exceptional value.
Grapes have been grown in Spain for wine making since before Roman times, though wines have evolved greatly since these days with the transformation being clearly evident during the last quarter of the 20th century. Recent years have seen the emergence of new, more innovative wine makers that are setting new standards for quality, modern wines.
Spain has 63 Denominacion de Origen (D.O. –or Designation of Origin – a symbol of quality and wine making compliance), with several of the well known giants such as Rioja and Ribera del Duero and Navarra being popular for decades. Today there are new, up and coming, and exciting smaller regions such as Priorat, Campo de Borja, Rueda, Toro, Terra Alta, which are enjoying a huge growth in popularity.
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