The Top Spanish Wineries You Must Visit

The World’s Best Vineyards showcases Spain’s rich cultural heritage, stunning landscapes, and delectable culinary traditions through its exceptional wineries. Spain’s deep-rooted passion for viticulture is evident in the diversity and vibrancy of its wine industry. From the arid plains of La Rioja to the lush vineyards of Catalonia, Spain boasts a diverse and vibrant wine industry that has been making waves on the global stage. In this exploration of the top 15 Spanish wineries, part of The World’s Best Vineyards, we will embark on a journey through the country’s most distinguished wine-producing regions, uncovering the stories behind these esteemed estates, and savoring the exceptional wines they produce. Each winery on this list represents a unique blend of tradition and innovation, offering wine enthusiasts an opportunity to savor the essence of Spain in every bottle. So, let’s raise our glasses and set out on a flavorful odyssey through the vineyards and cellars of the top 15 Spanish wineries, where time-honored craftsmanship and modern oenological techniques converge to create some of the world’s most cherished wines.

Highly Rated Spanish Vineyards

  1. Marques de Murrieta Winery

  2. Marqués de Riscal

  3. La Rioja Alta

  4. Casa Agrícola Pepe Mendoza

  5. Comando G

  6. Tío Pepe

  7. Bodegas Mauro

  8. Jiménez Landi

  9. Tempos Vega Sicilia

  10. Bodegas Osborne

  11. Familia Torres

  12. Acústic Celler

  13. Recaredo

  14. Altos de Rioja

  15. Suertes del Marqués

* The wineries have been listed without a specific order.

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1. Marques de Murrieta Winery

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Marques de Murrieta is an older than 165 years-old winery where the deep respect for the history and the tradition finds a perfect balance with the focus on the future. The uniqueness and quality of the Marques de Murrieta wines is determined, to a great extent, by the singular caracter of the Ygay Estate, 300 hectares of own vineyards located around the winery, which allow the absolute control of the raw material.

The origin of Marqués de Murrieta winery is also the origin of Rioja. Its origin dates from 1852 when Luciano Murrieta y Garcia -Lemoine produces the first fine wine from Rioja and is the first one to export it. He acquires the Ygay Estate and builds his emblematic Ygay Castle. In 1983 Vicente Cebrian Sagarriga, tenth Count of Creixell, takes over the project and after his death in 1996, his children, who are currently responsible of such an ambitious and endearing family business that they strengthen day after day with its presence in the different continents.

2. Marqués de Riscal

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The Hotel Marqués de Riscal, with its twisted aluminium ribbons shining in purple, gold, and silver, is a Frank Gehry masterpiece in the heart of Rioja wine country. Founded in 1858, this winery bottled the first ever Rioja wines, including the first vintage by the Marquis in 1862. The estate also introduced white wines to the nearby province of Rueda and assisted its elevation to DO status in the 1970s. Marqués de Riscal can furthermore be credited with starting the trend of covering Rioja bottles in golden mesh for authenticity.

As part of the Marriott hotel chain’s Luxury Collection, the Gehry structure opened in 2006, offering 61 rooms, including 10 suites, with tilted walls, zigzagged windows, high ceilings, and a lot of color. The Michelin-starred fine dining restaurant, headed by local superstar chef Francis Paniego, serves a six or nine-course ‘Ideas Land’ menu expertly paired with wines by the sommelier team, with some rare vintages making an appearance too. The hotel also has another restaurant, a wine bar, al fresco grill, and a Caudalie Vinothérapie spa.

3. La Rioja Alta

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In 1890, La Rioja Alta SA was founded by five families sharing a common passion for wine. It was the start of an ongoing quest for excellence that their descendants still pursue. Since then they have managed to extract the best from the marriage of their tradition in wine ageing, to state-of-the-art technology in grape fermentation. Their wines have become an international reference for the finest Rioja wines.

Nature is the basis of their work and that is why, every day, they renew their commitment to respect and protect it. To do this, they limit treatments in the vineyards, invest in clean energy, reuse water and use corks and boxes managed in a sustainable manner.

4. Casa Agrícola Pepe Mendoza

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Casa Agrícola Pepe Mendoza was born in 2016 being the most personal project of Pepe Mendoza, who for 25 years has been the winemaker of the family winery Enrique Mendoza in Alicante and one of those responsible for the international boom of Spanish wine in the 90s.

The winery of Casa Agrícola Pepe Mendoza is located for the moment within the family facilities and vineyards located in the Alto Vinalopó. Pepe Mendoza has 14 hectares of vineyards (planted between 1920 and 1970) where he works the varieties Monastrell, Syrah, Alicante Bouschet (Garnacha Tintorera), Moscatel, and Gironet. All varieties of Mediterranean origin. His philosophy is to seek Mediterranean Purity, that is to say, to extract from each wine the maximum varietal expression.

5. Comando G

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Windswept landscapes, alpine meadows, tumbled boulders and thick scrub brush create a delicate microclimate that form the foundation of Comando G’s world-class wines. Dani and Fernando are some of the first producers that started importing wine from the early days of Cosecha back in 2016. They farm biodynamically on vines from 50-80 years old, hand-harvesting their grapes grown with minimal intervention 

A combination of high altitude, freely draining soils, and a mild and fairly humid micro-climate – for central Spain – guarantees a long growing season and a modest alcohol level in the finished wines. The resultant wines are startlingly pale, extraordinarily aromatic, and intensely flavorful. Each site is harvested by hand, usually in October, fermented by indigenous yeasts in open-top French oak casks, then aged in a combination of 500-700L French oak barrels.

6. Tío Pepe

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Tío Pepe, a sherry brand created in 1841 by the founder of González Byass and named after his Uncle Joe, Tío Pepe started out as a dry white Fino and now encompasses a full range of sherries, in addition to brandies, vermouths and aged vinegars. They are all produced in Andalucia’s Jerez de la Frontera, where the wine was named after its home and place of production. Tío Pepe’s range includes dry to sweet sherries, historical releases, vermouth, and Brandies de Jerez.

The bodegas are known for their playful spirit, and visitors can take a ride on a miniature red train that transports them between the cellars or observe the real-life drunken mice who climb step ladders to sip sweet Pedro Ximénez from traditional ‘copita’ sherry glasses. Private tours take visitors through the vineyards, winery, bottling rooms, and nineteenth-century aging cellars, concluding with wine and tapas tastings.

7. Bodegas Mauro

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Bodegas Mauro, founded in 1980 by Mariano García in memory of his father, is a winery dedicated to producing exceptional wines. They prioritize balanced and elegant wines that are intended for aging, allowing the unique characteristics of each terroir and grape variety to shine. The vineyards of Bodegas Mauro cover 90 hectares and feature an average vine age of 35 years. The grapes, primarily Tempranillo but also including minority varieties like Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon, are grown on bush vines in well-filtered calcareous clay soils. The winery embraces organic farming practices and is gradually transitioning to biodynamic methods, ensuring sustainable viticulture that promotes soil longevity and biodiversity.

Situated in Tudela de Duero, in the province of Valladolid within the Duero Valley, Bodegas Mauro enjoys a rich historical backdrop. The winemaking initially took place in a restored 17th-century house, which now serves as an aging facility with underground storage rooms and a historical bottle rack. In 2004, a new winery was constructed just outside Tudela de Duero, boasting a modern and sleek design. Through multiple expansion phases, all production processes, from harvesting to bottling, have been centralized in these state-of-the-art facilities.

8. Jiménez Landi

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These dedicated individuals are not only committed to nurturing the land but also to preserving the rich tapestry of the local grape varieties. While the Garnacha grape takes center stage in their vineyards, they also pay homage to lesser-known, adaptable grape varieties that thrive in the challenging terroir. The result is a harmonious fusion of tradition and innovation, where the roots of indigenous grapes run deep, intertwining with the fresh shoots of experimentation.

At altitudes ranging from 550 to 650 meters above sea level, their vineyards face the challenges of extreme conditions with resolve. The sandy granitic soils, meager in organic matter and lime, test the resilience of both the vines and the vineyard workers. However, these harsh conditions, coupled with their commitment to ecological practices, give rise to wines that resonate with the true essence of their environment. With a nod to their ancestral traditions and a vision for a sustainable future, this vineyard embodies the art of cultivating the land in harmony with nature, crafting wines that are a genuine reflection of their terroir.

9. Tempos Vega Sicilia

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Founded in 1864 by Eloy Lecanda and now run by the Álvarez family, Vega Sicilia stands as a timeless beacon in the world of winemaking. With a history stretching back more than a century, it is not only the oldest winery in Spain but also holds a distinguished reputation as one of the finest in the world. Its legacy is steeped in a rich tapestry of tradition and innovation, capturing the essence of Spain’s winemaking heritage.

Vega Sicilia’s ethos is deeply rooted in the belief that the pursuit of perfection is an unending journey. Every harvest season is an opportunity to coax the very best from the land and grapes, with the singular aim of crafting wines that are consistently exceptional. The winery’s unwavering dedication to quality is evident in their patient approach, where each vintage is allowed to reach its own state of maturity before being released to the market. Unlike many wineries that follow a set timeline, at Vega Sicilia, the wine itself dictates when it is ready to be unveiled to the world. This commitment to excellence is further underscored by the winery’s strict quality standards; if a particular harvest falls short of these benchmarks, it is simply not produced.

10. Bodegas Osborne

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Bodegas de Mora Osborne in El Puerto de Santa Maria, Cádiz, has been a prominent player in the sherry region since 1772. Renowned for its vast collection of VORS wine, the bodega offers an immersive experience showcasing the intricate processes of the criaderas and soleras system and the production of premium brandies. Visitors can also explore the Toro Gallery exhibition, learn about the iconic Toro de Osborne, and enjoy the enchanting gardens and patios that create lasting memories filled with delightful aromas.

Osborne’s legacy dates back to the late 18th century when English merchant Thomas Osborne Mann arrived in Cádiz to sell local wines. With time, Mann consolidated various wineries under the Osborne brand. For nearly 250 years, Osborne’s success has been driven by their unwavering commitment to sustainable development, fostering lasting relationships with stakeholders, and respecting the environment. In 2019, they conducted a materiality analysis, aligning their significant aspects in environmental, social, governmental, and economic matters with the Sustainable Development Goals of Agenda 2030.

11. Familia Torres

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The Torres family, Catalunya’s foremost winemaking family, has dominated wine production in Penedès since the company’s establishment in 1870. Today, the family encompasses five generations, about 2,000 hectares of vines, and nine wineries across Spain. They are pioneers of sustainable winemaking, committing to reducing carbon emissions and protecting the environment through the Torres and Earth initiative and as founding members of International Wineries for Climate Change. Visiting the Pacs del Penedès estate, inland from Barcelona, is not only an education in rich vinous heritage but also a glimpse into the future of winemaking.

The iconic Bodega Waltraud, designed by architect Javier Barba, houses the family’s most renowned wines in subterranean cellars. The Legacy Wine Experience offers guests the opportunity to taste some of these directly from the barrels while learning about the estate’s 150-year history. The Starry Night Experience takes guests from the vineyards to a presentation by astronomers, followed by dinner in the cloistered courtyard where local dishes are paired with the family’s wines, and the stars twinkle above.

12. Acústic Celler

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Acustic Celler is renowned for its commitment to Montsant’s indigenous vines and traditional viticulture. They believe in using local grape varieties like Garnatxa Negra, Peluda, Carinyena, Macabeu, and Pansal to capture the region’s unique character. The winery’s “acustic” philosophy focuses on producing pure, unfiltered wines that convey the history and landscape of Montsant. They practice organic farming and avoid modern techniques that might diminish the essence of the terroir. Acustic Celler’s wines, akin to acustic music, are sincere and profound, communicating emotions without technology or electricity.

Winemaker Albert Jané, hailing from a long line of winemakers, draws inspiration from his secluded estate surrounded by olive groves, vineyards, and rocky mountains. He strives to create acustic wines that reflect the spirit and personality of each area. With 54 hectares of vineyards, including old Garnatxa, Garnatxa Blanca, Pansal, and Carinyena vines, Acustic Celler’s wines embody the traditional viticulture and unique character of Montsant. The winery integrates seamlessly into the landscape, showcasing their commitment to sustainability and respect for nature. Equipped with state-of-the-art technology, their cellar ensures the production of expressive, high-quality wines.

13. Recaredo

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Located in the enchanting region of Corpinnat, amidst a landscape adorned with verdant forests, rolling hills, and majestic ravines, lies Recaredo’s family-owned vineyards. This esteemed winery takes pride in its long-aged Brut Nature Corpinnat sparkling wines, which embody a profound connection with the land and a rich heritage steeped in tradition. With each bottle, Recaredo seeks to articulate truly honest stories that intricately express the distinctive features of the landscape, vintage after vintage.

The history of Recaredo traces back to 1924 when a visionary winemaker by the name of Josep Mata Capellades embarked on a journey into the realm of sparkling wines. His initiation into the world of winemaking began humbly, working as a disgorger and honing his skills in the craft. Armed with a pick and spade, he embarked on the creation of a cellar right beneath his home in the historic center of Sant Sadurní d’Anoia, a charming town in the province of Barcelona.

14. Altos de Rioja

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Altos de Rioja Viticultores y Bodegueros is a renowned winemaking venture that emerged from a rich tapestry of expertise and a unified devotion to crafting exceptional wines while upholding traditional methods. The individuals behind this endeavor, Jean Marc Sauboua, Roberto San Ildefonso, and Bienvenido Muñoz, each bring their unique talents and experiences to the table. Jean Marc Sauboua, hailing from Bordeaux, France, has earned international acclaim as an award-winning winemaker. He kickstarted his career at the prestigious Chateau Haut-Brion, a renowned first growth estate. Throughout his journey, he has worked at esteemed vineyards in South Africa, New Zealand, Italy, Spain, Australia, Chile, Argentina, Moldavia, and returned to his roots in France. His diverse exposure to different winemaking regions has enriched his skills and deepened his understanding of the craft.

Roberto San Ildefonso embarked on his winemaking journey in the Rioja Alavesa during the early 1980s. With unwavering dedication, he pioneered the trailblazing Bodegas Sobreño in the D.O. Toro region. Through his vision and expertise, Roberto achieved remarkable success, establishing himself as a prominent figure in the industry. Bienvenido Muñoz comes from a long lineage of esteemed winemakers, inheriting a legacy that dates back to his family’s involvement in the sector since 1940. He has garnered widespread critical acclaim for his transformative work at Bodegas Muñoz in La Mancha. Building upon the foundation laid by his predecessors, Bienvenido has propelled the winery to new heights, crafting wines that captivate palates and resonate with authenticity.

15. Suertes del Marqués

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Suertes del Marqués is a family winery with a rich tradition in winemaking that dates back to twenty years before its establishment in 2006. Located in the scenic Valle de La Orotava, in the northern region of Tenerife, the winery prides itself on respecting and preserving the island’s viticulture and winemaking heritage, which spans over five centuries. They work exclusively with native varieties and employ traditional vine training methods to produce their wines, ensuring a connection to the local terroir and a commitment to the island’s winemaking traditions.

Emphasizing a minimal intervention approach, Suertes del Marqués seeks to interfere as little as possible in the winemaking process. They use indigenous yeasts, avoid racking, and use only minimal amounts of sulfur in their wines. All the processes in the cellar are done by hand, from tending to the vineyards to harvesting the grapes. Additionally, they refrain from systemic treatments in the vineyards, using natural products only when vine diseases arise, to maintain the ecological balance of their vineyard ecosystem.

Our journey through the top 15 Spanish wineries, we have unraveled a tapestry of tradition, innovation, and unwavering commitment to the art of winemaking. These wineries have not only produced exceptional wines that have earned global recognition but have also shared the soul of Spain with the world. From the lush landscapes of Galicia to the sun-soaked terroirs of Andalusia, each winery encapsulates the essence of its region, crafting wines that mirror the culture, history, and spirit of Spain. As we savor the fruits of their labor, we are reminded that behind every bottle lies a story, a heritage, and a passion for winemaking that is, quite simply, intoxicating. Cheers to the top Spanish wineries and the enduring legacy they have created.

* The wineries have been listed without a specific order.

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FAQ Edition The Best Spanish Wineries

1. What makes Spanish wineries special?

Spanish wineries are known for their unique blend of tradition and innovation. They combine centuries-old winemaking techniques with modern technology to create diverse, high-quality wines. The country's varied landscapes and climates also contribute to the distinctiveness of Spanish wines.

2. Which Spanish regions are renowned for their wineries?

Some of the most famous wine-producing regions in Spain include La Rioja, Ribera del Duero, Priorat, Catalonia, and Jerez (famous for Sherry production). Each region has its own grape varieties and winemaking traditions, making them distinct and sought after.

3. What are the primary grape varieties used in Spanish winemaking?

Spain is known for its indigenous grape varieties, such as Tempranillo, Garnacha, and Albariño. Additionally, international grapes like Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are also grown in some regions. The combination of these grapes results in a wide range of wine styles.

4. Can I visit Spanish wineries for tastings and tours?

Yes, many Spanish wineries offer tours and tastings. It's a fantastic way to experience the culture, history, and flavors of Spanish wines. Be sure to check the winery's website or contact them in advance to confirm their visitor policy.

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 Marisol de la Fuente    WIA Ambassador    Argentina Marisol de la Fuente is an International Sommelier of the EAS graduated from the Argentine School of Sommeliers and Bartender at the International Center for Cocktail bar. She communicates about the world of wine and drinks with the aim of bringing it closer to…

Elisa Fiore Gubellini  WIA Ambassador   Italy  Elisa was born in Turin (Piedmont), vintage 1985, Sommelier and, first of all, passionate wine lover. She started her career in the wine business in 2015 working as a fine wine merchant in a very famous Italian Company.. From 2018 Elisa runs Wine Angels, a girly team…

Frederik Mintz WIA Ambassador   Denmark Frederik Mintz is on a journey experiencing the wonders of the grapes. A love affair that started with exploring the Champagnes of France – and with curiosity for Sparkling wines in general. It’s not education, it’s not work – but pure dedication and love for champagne.. As a…

Martha Cisneros WIA Ambassador USA Martha Cisneros is the Wine Blogger, Content Creator, and Sommelier in the works behind WineDivaa.com. She earned her nickname ‘WineDivaa’ in College, where her friends used to ask for wine recommendations. She graduated from Tec de Monterrey, one of only 45 universities in the World…

Maxime Bergamin WIA Ambassador Switzerland & France Maxime Bergamin spent his childhood between Savoie and Languedoc – a wine region known for its rich history and great wines as well as carefully preserved traditions of French winemaking. Not surprisingly, that wine has always been an important part of his life. He…

Alessandro Ingrosso WIA Ambassador Italy Alessandro Ingrosso is a sommelier and a wine lover from Italy. He does not like to define himself as being related to a certain sphere, because basically he compares hismself with wine, which is constantly evolving! Alessandro has been trained in the hospitality sphere, and…

Ian Green WIA Ambassador UK Located in the heart of the beautiful English wine region of Sussex, Ian Green is a wine enthusiast and content creator whose mission is to break down the barriers to wine and to make it more approachable and accessible to all. . Ian’s passion for…

Kirsty Woodgate WIA Ambassador UK Kirsty Woodgate DipWSET is a wine expert and communications professional from England, UK. She works as a Wine Writer, Wine Judge and Content Creator, and regularly hosts interactive wine tastings in her home county. . Wine ties together her passions, skills, qualifications and abilities. Her…

Daria Kholodilina WIA Ambassador Georgia Daria Kholodilina is a Georgia-based wine tourism specialist, and a big friend and promoter of Georgian wine – with a WSET 2 certificate. Being born in Ukraine, Daria moved to Georgia in 2013 because she fell in love with the country. She participated in developing…

Marc Wabo WIA Ambassador Germany Marc Wabo was born and raised in Cameroon, later on he obtained his academic degree in Electrical engineering at the Technical University in Berlin followed by the MBA at the Tias Business School. Currently Marc is living in Bonn, Germany. He admits that wine has…

Claudia Maremonti WIA Ambassador Italy Claudia Maremonti, born and raised in Cosenza, has a great passion for wine that over time led her to accumulate experiences, complete a sommelier course, and open her Instagram page by collaborating with some blogs. In 2020, after a series of introduction courses…

Christina Nikiticheva  WIA Ambassador Russia  Christina Nikiticheva is a certified wine specialist. Wine has been her passion for a long time, and in 2017 she decided to make it a profession. She is a WSET level 3 advanced sommelier with merit. She attended the WineQ school and the Moscow Academy of National…

Carla Urrunaga WIA Ambassador Chile Carla Urrunaga, although mostly known as @chezcarlita, is a food engineer, wine taster, communicator, educator and simply a great wine lover. She was born in Lima, Peru but fourteen years ago she came to Chile out of love and that love extended to one of…

Rakesh Awaghade WIA Ambassador India Rakesh was born and raised in Mumbai and graduated from a university in London. He is a certified Sommelier by the Court of Master Sommeliers and currently pursuing his advanced Sommelier with the intent to teach, and perhaps becoming a Master Sommelier Designation. . Professionally,…

Madalena Vidigal WIA Ambassador  Portugal   Madalena Vidigal has a degree in Hotel Management and a postgraduate degree in Wine Tourism, Digital Marketing and Viticulture. She is a wine producer in Alentejo, the south of Portugal. She has two great passions that are present in everything she does: wine and travel!. For 10…

Kristy Wenz WIA Ambassador USA Kristy Wenz is a wine and travel writer, educator, and communicator currently based in Chicago. She holds a Level 3 certification from the Wines & Spirits Education Trust. Kristy combines her communications skills with her passion and expertise for wine, travel and culture. She focuses…

Bubbles Hyland WIA Ambassador South Africa Bubbles Hyland was destined for the wine industry with the nickname she was given from birth! British born but now living in Cape Town for the past 17 years she has become an avid ambassador of South African wine. She formed Well Red Wine…

Vanessa Fabiani WIA Ambassador Italy Vanessa Fabiani is a wine content creator for social media. She is a certified international sommelier, member of the Italian Sommelier Association and official certified technical wine taster. She lives in Rome and she loves Italian wine such as Barolo and Barbera and especially Sicilian…

Valentino Pusnava WIA Ambassador Germany Valentino Pusnava is one of the most well-known German wine bloggers, being a familiar face at all major wine events in Europe such as ProWein, VinItaly or MeranoWineFestival. He is WSET certified, and his background is in business with a strong focus on digital and…

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