Some new Spanish wines just hit our shelves and we’re so excited to open them up with you. Jancis Robsinson describes Spanish wine in a nutshell as ‘Land of American oak, increasing ambition, sherry, and low-yielding bush vines.’ Here are a few fun facts as paraphrased from Queen Jancis, for all you wine geeks out there.
- One of Spain’s viticultural blessings is the average altitude of vineyards (over 600 m/2000 ft)
- Cool evening temperatures result in prolonged growing season and full, ripe berries
- Tempranillo produces some of Spain’s most revered red wines, while Grenache is the most planted red grape variety
- Spain loves using American oak for aging, with an increasing interest in using French oak and cement vats