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Grapes to Wine - Spain

November 5, 2013

Often wonder what grape varieties are used to make a wine labeled by region, AOC, DOCG or Chateau?  In this second of a series we explore the better known wines from Spain, and provide a translation chart from the wine name to the grape variety or varieties that are used in its production.  Spanish wines are frequently known by the region in which they are produced and occasionally the Spanish translation of the grape variety.  Each wine is listed by its common name, and cross referenced to the type of wine and the grape varieties used in production.  If the wine includes more than one grape variety, the dominant grape will be listed in bold.

 

Wine

Type

Grape Varieties

 

Cava

Sparkling

Xarel-lo, Macabeo, Parellada

Garnacha

Red

Grenache

Monastrell

Red

Mourvedre

Montsant

Red

Garnacha, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cariñena (Carignan), Merlot, Monastrell, Syrah, Tempranillo.

Navarra

Red

Tempranillo, Graciano, Cabernet- Sauvignon, Garnacha, Merlot, Mazuelo, Syrah, Pinot Noir

Priorat

Red

Garnacha, Cariñena

Ribera del Duero (DO)

Red

Tinto Fino (Tempranillo), Cabernet-Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec ,Garnacha Tinta

Rioja (DO)

Red

Tempranillo, Garnacha, Mazuelo (Carignan), Graciano

Rioja (DO)

White

Viura (Macebeo), Malvasia, Garnacha Blanca

Rueda

White

Verdejo, Sauvignon Blanc, Viura, Palomino Fino

Sherry

Fortified

Pedro Ximénez

Toro

Red

Tinto del Toro (Tempranillo), Garnacha Tinta

 

Although not the name of a wine, the classification system for aging is often found on red wine labels.  The differences are based on the number of years of aging as follows: 

Crianza Wines – A minimum of two years aging before sale
Reserva Wines - At least two years (of which one must be in oak barrels)
Gran Reserva – At least two years in oak and three in the bottle

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