Wine of Spain

Spain has been a land of wine since ancient times. Despite a decline in production linked to the various invasions, viticulture never completely disappeared even during the Muslim conquest (unlike with Israel, where wine was completely proscribed during the Ottoman occupation). Spain will take advantage of the fact that the Eastern...
Spain has been a land of wine since ancient times. Despite a decline in production linked to the various invasions, viticulture never completely disappeared even during the Muslim conquest (unlike with Israel, where wine was completely proscribed during the Ottoman occupation). Spain will take advantage of the fact that the Eastern countries no longer supply the rest of Europe to develop the wine trade to the north. It remained until the 1980s, the preferred wine exporter to the rest of the world. With more than one million hectares of planted land, the Spanish vineyard ranks first in terms of area. On the other hand, because of its low yields, close to 30 hectoliters per hectare (compared with 60 on average in France), Spain is generally at 80% in volume of its two main competitors: Italy and France. Spanish wines have a distinctive character and are, like the French wines before them, classified and protected since 1970 according to their region in the form of a Denominación de Origen (DO), equivalent to an Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée AOC). Finally, a classification is developed by the Spanish government to correspond to the European Union (PDO or PGI) regulations. Twelve wine-growing regions were defined in 1972 according to exclusively technical criteria. Those are : - Galicia, - Estremadura, - Andalusia, - the Balearic Islands, - the Canaries, - the Aragón, - Catalonia, - the Levant, which extends over the Autonomous Communities of Murcia and Valencia, - the Alto Ebro, covering the Autonomous Communities of Navarre and Rioja, plus the Rioja Alavesa, region of the Basque Country, - Cantabria, whose area encompasses the Autonomous Communities of Cantabria proper, Asturias, and the Basque Country amputated from the Rioja Alavesa, - the Center, whose area includes the Autonomous Communities of Castilla - La Mancha and Madrid, plus part of the province of Avila, - the Douro, coinciding with the Autonomous Community of Castile - León except that part of the province of Avila attached to the Center region. Discover the fabulous red wines of Navarre that we have selected for you.
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