Wineries In Spain

The wine production in Spain has changed radically over the last decades. Just 25-30 years ago, most Spanish wineries focused more on getting as much out of their grapes without looking too much on the quality of the product. Wine was sold by the kilo/liter in the past. Below you will find 10 wineries that are easy to visit from cities like Barcelona, Madrid and Bilbao.

Spain’s long been a prolific wine-producing country—in fact, it has the world’s highest amount of vineyard area at 2.4 million acres. But it wasn’t until recently that there was a global excitement around Spanish wine. In the past two decades alone, exports of the stuff have doubled, with the United States being the top destination. It makes sense, then, that American tourists are looking to experience first-hand the wonders of Spanish wine right at the source, the way they’ve done for ages in Piedmont or Bordeaux. In 2017, Spanish wineries saw a 21% increase in visitors compared to the previous year.

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1. Muga

Wines that are born from inspiration and authenticity. In Muga, we always use the finest materials and are open to new techniques that provide greater quality without losing authenticity. We are the only cellar in Spain with a master cooper and three in-house barrel-makers. Bodegas Muga is a family business founded by Isaac Muga and Aurora Caño in 1932, which is located in the historic Barrio de La Estación (Station Quarter) of Haro. With an area of around 25,000 square metres, it is home to both the most traditional winemaking methods and the latest cutting-edge techniques. To produce each of our wines, we continue opting for traditional procedures: · Through the natural process of fining, we eliminate the suspended particles that appear in the wine. · We carry out the decanting by the traditional method of gravity.

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2. Las Beatas

They attach great importance to the vineyards that over time have become the best. They respect the capacity of generations of vine growers who observed these places and recognized their value. Their job has been to find these enclaves, understand them and give them back importance. Some had maintained their old vineyards, others they had to replant, imagining how the best vintners of the past would have done it. It’s been an emotional experience reliving how their ancestors worked the land, moving tons of earth and stone, shaping the landscape and carving out plots and terraces that now lie practically abandoned but which could become some of the best vineyards in the world. They have learned how they used endless combinations of different varieties to adapt to the diversity of the land and climate. They have learned a lot. They have reflected and understood that respect for this heritage will be the foundation of all their work for the future.

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3.Vega Sicilia

 

When Vega Sicilia became part of the Álvarez family’s life in 1982, the foundations were laid for TEMPOS Vega Sicilia. It has constantly and steadily grown since then, involving the introduction of wines produced in different wine-making areas, reaching out to new consumers around the world and laying the foundations for a promising and highly successful future. And Vega Sicilia became great. Its name spread through the world and its philosophy reached other lands, as it progressed without taking shortcuts and avoiding fleeting fashions. Autumn was the time of the grape harvest and this land could, finally, begin to dream; the grapes proved to be noted for their unrivalled quality and personality. And after being left to mature in the silence and solitude of the winery, they had become one of the greatest legends of the history of wine. Vega Sicilia was finally born.

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4. Marqués de Murrieta

The story of the Marqués de Murrieta winery is inextricably intertwined with the history of Rioja wine. The winery’s founder, the Marqués de Murrieta, imported production techniques into Spain from Bordeaux. In 1852 he produced his first wine in Logroño, moving into the Ygay Estate in the late 1870s. Located at the heart of La Rioja, the estate is home to Ygay Castle, headquarters of the Marqués de Murrieta wineries. The castle is surrounded by 300 hectares of vineyards. Ygay Castle has become the perfect location for holding events, containing several dining rooms, a tasting room, a large comfortable lounge with a grand piano, and even a wine bar where you can try all the Marqués de Murrieta and Pazo de Barrantes wines (Pazo de Barrantes being the winery owned by the Cebrián-Sagarriga family in Rías Baixas). Two new production facilities are currently being built on the estate and are due to open in late 2017. With the opening of those facilities, Vicente D. Cebrián-Sagarriga, the Count of Creixell and current Chairman of Marqués de Murrieta, will have completed the first stage of the full modernisation of this historic winery. With the help of his young, highly-skilled team, the Count has used his preparation skills and intrepid vision to great effect, creating a link between the history of Rioja’s first winery and its present while guaranteeing its future along the way.

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5. Terrior Al Limit

Dominik discovers his talent and passion for Mediterranean wine and culinary arts at a rather early stage: at the age of eighteen he visits an old Ligurian Trattoria; one year later he goes on a gourmet trip through Italy, alongside German top chef Karl Ederer, that takes him to various first-class traditional restaurants. Terroir al Límit fits into a distinctly Mediterranean context. Their ancient culture and terroir are consequences of the Mediterranean climate. Their wines are produced with gastronomy in mind. They shine brightest when enjoyed with family and friends, as part of the lifestyle of southern Europe. To pair with a healthy Mediterranean diet – known for dishes that are pure and authentic in flavor – their wines must be light and transparent. Nothing should mask the true character of the soils: not the oak, not the extraction, not the over-ripeness of the grapes. Only pure, mineral-rich fruit is used.

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6. Artadi

ARTADI, a history linked to the remembrance and know-how of our ancestors, non industrial and based in the passion and respect for the vineyard. 1985,Laguardia. A group of vine-growers, village men and women with rooted traditions and their focus on their vineyards and wines, found ARTADI. Their wines are “made” in the vineyard and their secrets mature, rest, and are sustained with zeal in the cellar. They appreciate the making of good wine, following a natural transformation, evolution, and entropy as processes of life; clusters of vineyards in balance, native yeasts, low-sulfur content, absence of chemical compounds, and respecting the evolution of wine. These confidences found in each barrel, enhances the richness of our vines.

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7. Vega Sicilia

When Vega Sicilia became part of the Álvarez family’s life in 1982, the foundations were laid for TEMPOS Vega Sicilia. It has constantly and steadily grown since then, involving the introduction of wines produced in different wine-making areas, reaching out to new consumers around the world and laying the foundations for a promising and highly successful future. Both cornerstones have underpinned the development of the group and have enabled very solid growth both in terms of the production structure and of the distribution and positioning of the different wines. The group currently consists of 5 companies (Bodegas Vega Sicilia S.A, Bodegas y Viñedos Alión S.A., Bodegas y Viñedos Pintia S.A., Benjamin de Rothschild & Vega Sicilia S.A. and Tokaj-Oremus Kft.), the first four in Spain and the fifth in Hungary.

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8. Lustau

Bodegas Lustau is considered a world-class benchmark for top-quality wines. Lustau has recently been awarded with multiple medals and trophies, being the most important Best Spanish Winery in 2011 and Best Sherry Producer in 2014 and 2016 awarded by the International Wine & Spirit Competition.Lustau has also been awarded two consecutive times (first winery in history) the Len Evans Trophy to consistency in 2011 y 2016 by the International Wine Challenge. Each year, our vineyards receive roughly 3,000 hours of sunshine, accompanied by relatively heavy rainfalls of about 600 l/ m². The landscape of the area consists primarily of white limestone hills, known as albariza. Its singularity is due to the fact that long ago this region was under the ocean for millennia.

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9. R. López de Heredia

It all started in the middle of the nineteenth century when French negociants visited the Rioja region to find alternative sources of quality grapes to transform into wine, since the phylloxera epidemic had decimated their vineyards.  Our founder, Don Rafael López de Heredia y Landeta, a knowledgeable and enthusiastic student in the art of wine making, followed closely in their footsteps. Don Rafael fell in love with the region and especially the area around Haro, the mythical capital of the Rioja Alta region. He observed that there was a magical combination of soil and climate that would offer the perfect environment for producing wine that would eventually become world famous. Around 1877 he began the design and construction of the complex that is today known as the López de Heredia bodega (winery), the oldest in Haro and one of the first three bodegas in the Rioja region. Many conditions have to be fulfilled for our wines to achieve that superlative quality which makes them live on in the memory of those who have tasted them. The personality of our wine is influenced by climate, soil, attention in the vineyards, wine-making and, finally, by the care it receives in the cellar during the lengthy period of ageing in oak barrels before its bottle ageing. It is a long, almost mystical, perfecting process.

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10. Compañía Vinícola del Norte del España (CVNE)

The history of the company begins in the winery located in Haro in the neighborhood of the railway station “barrio de la estacion “ which dates back to 1879. Close to the railway tracks which during a time drove into the cellar to easily transport easily the wine in oak barrels and then in bottles. The alcoholic fermentation of the grapes from our vineyards in Rioja Alta takes place in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperatures. The malolactic fermentation is carried out in tanks and then the wine is aged in American oak barrels for one year. During this time, the wine acquires the aromatic balance, finesse and expression that characterizes it. The 545 hectares of vineyards that CVNE owns account for 50% of the company’s production, and are distributed between the two subregions of Rioja Alta and Rioja Alavesa, an area of calcareous clay soils, ferrous clay and alluvial soils, under the influence of the Atlantic and Mediterranean climates.

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