Like their country of origin, Spanish red wines are bold and striking. They are filled with character and nuance that invites perfect pairings with rich dishes. These expressive wines transport oenophiles to the terroirs of Spain’s hot, dry vineyards and introduce them to a land that has excelled in winemaking for more than two millennia.
Red grapes thrive in Spain’s sunny and warm climate and embody the flavors of its storied soil. Watch for the following grape varietals:
- Tempranillo. World-renowned for its quality, this indigenous grape inspires traditional Rioja-style wines, soft modern wines, and rich international school wines. Younger Tempranillo wines exhibit a spicy, fleshy, tart character while aged Tempranillo softens to a sweet, dried quality.
- Garnacha. Recognized as “Grenache” in France, Garnacha grapes find their roots in Spain. Young Garnacha produces a fruity bouquet while higher end varieties exude a bold, high-tannined complexity.
- Monastrell. Monastrell grapes boast structure and strength with black plum, chocolate, and black pepper flavors.
- Bobal. The Bobal varietal is a Spanish gem. Native to Central Spain, it produces a deep purple color, high tannins, and black fruit flavors.