Flavorful Spanish Wine For The Novice to the Connoisseur
What kind of wine experiences are available from Vino Es Vida? You may be surprised by just how many varieties of wine we feature. We have wines from across the Spanish-speaking world, from Europe to the New World and well into South America. There is an abundance of choices available, and the possibilities are fascinating.
WINE OF SPAIN 🇪🇸
Spain is the third-largest wine-producing country in the world and offers an amazing variety of wines. The country has 69 different major wine-producing areas in total, including well-known regions such as Rioja, Ribera del Duero, Priorat, La Mancha, Navarra, Rias Biaxas, and Rueda to name just a few. While the majority of Spanish wine tends to be red, plenty of white wines have found their footing in the country including the Verdejo, Albariño, Palomino, and Godello.
WINE OF CHILE 🇨🇱
Chilean wine dates back to the 1500s, originating with the conquistadors. Production only continued over the centuries. Among the most notable things about Chile’s wines are that they are also grown on some of the world’s oldest vines, as the country’s unique position means its vineyards were never affected by the pest phylloxera. Today, the country’s incredible diversity is reflected in its wine and you can find numerous delicious varieties of vino such as Carmenère, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Merlot among many others, making this the perfect place to pick up unique and bold wines.
Argentina hasn’t been as well-known in the past for its wines as other Spanish countries, but that has changed, and it is now one of the fastest-growing exporters for wine in the world. Among the most important regions for exportation of wine in Argentina are La Rioja, Mendoza, and San Juan. There are many flavorful varieties of vino to be found when seeking this wine, including Malbec, Bonarda, and Syrah for those seeking something different.
The Spanish Influence on California Wines. In 1769, the Spanish King sent Padre Junipero Serra to introduce Christianity to Native Americans in California. That same year, the Mission in San Diego was built. Ten years later, the first vineyards were planted by Father Serra at the mission in San Juan Capistrano. Traveling along El Camino Real, which translates to The Royal Road, other missions were founded by the Spanish Padres from the San Diego mission all the way to Sonoma. Now the Camino Real is not only a historic road in California connecting 21 missions, but it is also the pathway to find some of the most celebrated and Spanish-influenced vineyards in the world.
The modern wine industry in Uruguay dates back to 1870, and it is the fourth-largest producer of wine in South America, with a production of 67,000 tonnes and 8,023 hectares (19,830 acres), approximately. It is most known for red wines from Tannat grapes, but white wines made from Albariño and Verdejo are beginning to receive attention internationally. Tannat is a grape wine historically grown in the Basque country of Southwest France. In Uruguay, wine production is centered on the coastline in areas such as Canelones and Colonia.