The Amazing Spanish Wine Regions You’ve Never Heard Of
Spain is a country with one of the highest rates of wine production in the entire world, and they have the bottles to prove it. Spanish wines are known for being a little exotic, sometimes peppery, and always delicious. Usually, we hear about regions like Ribera del Duero, Barcelona, and La Rioja when it comes to the most popular wines of Spain but this country has so much more to offer beyond those.
Yecla: A tiny geographical area in the southeastern corner of Spain, Yecla has been producing wine for over 1,000 years. Although the soil of the Yecla region is typically poor, as it is based in limestone bedrock, they pride themselves on being an international exporter of all varieties of wine. The common grapes found in this region are monastrell, garnacha, and some lesser known varieties like airén and macabeo.
Bierzo: This lush, hilly region in northwestern Spain is home to the popular Mencia grape, which takes up two-thirds of the vineyards in the entire area. The vineyards are planted along the stunning Sil river valley at elevations up to 1,000 meters. The mineral-rich soils and continental climate make this region one of Spain’s up and coming stars of wine production.
Aragon: In the northeastern part of Spain, surrounded by the beginnings of the Pyrenees and Iberic System mountains is the lush region of Aragon. One of the most underrated wine producing regions in Spain, Aragon boasts more than four billion square feet of vineyards. The most common grape variety found here is the Crujilion, or Carenina, but there are many other varieties produced such as Pinot Noir, Gewurztraminer, Macabeo, and Tempranillo.
Rias Baixas: The landscape of the Rias Baixas region in Spain’s northwestern Galicia resemble the green, lush, environment of Ireland’s rolling hills, which is where the Celtic name Galicia comes from. With heavy rainfall, mild temperatures, and plenty of sunlight, this region is known for its light red and white wines, especially the Albarino, which is the star grape of the region.