Simple Facts about Wine in Spain

spain_map1a.jpg Did you know that 15.5% of the world’s vineyards are in Spain, making Spain the number one ranked country in the world in terms of area covered by vineyards? However, Spanish vineyards have a low yield meaning that Spain is only a third in production behind France and Italy. And even though most of Spain’s wine is red, 61.5% of Spain’s vineyards are white.

This is because Spain also makes a lot of brandy and sherry. The main red grape varieties are Tempranillo, Bobal, Garnacha and Monastrell while the white varieties include irén, Macabeo, Palomino & Pedro Ximenez.
A few other facts about Spain – The most densely planted vineyards in Spain are in La Rioja. 56.2% of Spanish wine is designated as a ‘quality wine’ (VCPRD – Vino de Calidad Producido en una Región Determinada or ‘Quality Wine Produced in a Determined Region’). And over one third of Spanish wine is exported with the top countries buying being UK, Germany and USA.
For more on Spain from the Sommelier India blog archives, click here.

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  1. Hi
    The article brings about some new facts about the Spanish wine but am not too sure about the figures. Could the source of this information be known please.

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