Wines From Spain
When you think of all the major wine producing nations around the world, the Spanish wine industry is in the top three of all wine producing countries. This is not at all surprising considering that there are over 3 million acres of
planted vineyards, which means that Spain is actually the country with the most wine producing land in the world. Even though Spanish wine regions have a lot of land, the soil is normally quite dry and infertile, so this is the likely reason for not being the top wine producer despite all the land. Even with this discrepancy with the land, the Spanish wine industry still produces some great wines. Because of this quality, wines from Spain are some of the most highly sought-after exported wine.
One of the reason Spanish wine makers have been successful is because of the large number of grape varieties that are grown. Today, there are over 600 grape varieties that are native and grown throughout the various Spanish wine regions. However, even with this large number of grape varieties, only 20 varieties are used to produce over 80% of the wines from Spain. But don't be discouraged over this, as there is still a huge number of available wine choices.
Spanish wine is normally made in a more traditional and orthodox method that has been developed over the centuries. Using these old methods, as little human interference as possible is employed. The result of all this wine production means that not only is Spain one of the largest producers of wine, they are also one of the largest consumers as well. Each year, Spaniards consume over 40 litres of wine per person!
The most popular variety of wines from Spain is Sherry. Sherry is a type of fortified wine that is made by adding distilled alcohol, such as brandy, to normal wine, thus increasing the alcoholic content. Because of the increase in alcoholic content during fermentation (ie it is added before fermentation is complete), the yeast is effectively killed, and this leaves the sugar behind. This makes the sherry taste sweeter than normal wine, and with the addition of the brandy, it is also stronger in alcoholic content. Typically, Sherry has an alcoholic content of close to 20%. There are about seven varieties of Sherry produced in Spain and exported widely around the world and primarily used as a dessert wine. Just like Champagne, only Sherry that is produced in Spain can use the name 'Sherry'. Because of this, most other Sherries produced elsewhere are normally marketed simply as 'dessert wine'.
Another popular variety of wine from Spain is called Cava. It is a fantastic tasting sparkling wine that is produced in much the same manner as Champagne.
It doesn't matter what type of wine you are looking for, as you can be assured that the variety of wine produced in Spain will suit every wine enthusiast. With over 4 million tonnes of wine produced annually, it is little wonder that Spain and Spanish wines makes up a substantial portion of the wine consumed around the world today. Spanish wines would also make a fine addition to any home wine cellar as well!