Wine Tasting Tours in Barcelona: Best Spanish wines
If you are looking for the coolest wine tours to have in Spain, you came to the right place!
Can you think of a better way to discover the Spanish wine than by actually visiting their places of origin? Many of Spain’s leading vineyards are open to visitors: many are hundreds of years old, some boast an extraordinary architectural richness, and others even include interesting collections of art relating to the wine culture.
It is a real privilege to enter this world accompanied by those who have a such a deep understanding of it. Our team will show you how to fully appreciate it: we will take around the facilities, the vineyards, the production process, we will reveal the secrets of wine tasting and you will, of course, be able to sample the wines accompanied by typical local dishes.
THERE’S A SPANISH WINE FOR EVERY DRINKER
Starting with Rioja and Albariño and getting to Cava and Sherry, Spain is definitely a wine lover’s paradise.
Close up of a bartender pouring two glasses of white wine on a wooden bar top.
Spain has dedicated a lot of its land to wine production and it´s among the third-largest producers of wine globally speaking. It is widely known for red wines, but there are plenty of unique Spanish wines to discover, whether they are white, sparkling, or aromatized.
There are many different wine varieties available that it can be difficult to find the perfect choice for your taste. Luckily for you, we have a team ready to help you better understand how to select Spanish wine varieties and why these wines are the perfect accent to virtually any gathering.
There are many things to consider before deciding which Spanish wine variety is perfect for you in order to get maximum taste and enjoyment out of every sip. But one of the best ways to experience the Spanish wine in its purest form is by visiting the areas in which vineyards are placed.
BEST SPANISH RED WINES
It´s no secret that many of the most widely known Spanish wines are red. This is because they are the perfect pair to rich and healthy dishes, an important feature of the cuisine in Spain.
Here are a few of the most common varieties of vino tinto, listed by region:
Rioja is synonymous with the Spanish wine. The region of La Rioja is located in northern Spain and its climate is ideal for growing tempranillo and garnacha grapes, as well as graciano, mazuela, and maturana. Many of the best Rioja wines blend more than one of these grapes, but you can also find single varietals.
Ribera Del Duero
This is likely to be the second-most popular Spanish red wine. It is produced in the Northern region of Castilla y León and its name comes from its location beside the Duero River. Most of the wine produced here is red and a lot of it is made from tinto fino grapes. Other varieties of this wine include Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, and Garnacha.
Priorat wine is known for full-bodied red wines which are made from Garnacha and Cariñena grapes. Due to its extremely dry climate and unique soil composition create high-quality wines that are among the most expensive in Spain.
The Toro winemaking region is placed on a dry and windy plateau above the Duero River valley in Castilla y León. Most wines here are made from tinta de toro, a grape that’s very similar to tempranillo. These wines tend to be extremely tannic with high alcohol content, a fact that sets them apart from some better-known wines from nearby regions.
Ribeira Sacra is the Galician name for “Sacred Shore” due to the fact that this region is dominated by the Miño and Sil rivers. Its red wines are made mainly from Mencía grapes, that are planted on tiny terraces. These very difficult conditions create unique wines worthily to taste.
10 BENEFITS OF DRINKING RED WINE
Red wine contains powerful antioxidants, and many sources claim that drinking it has health benefits.
According to WHITEHALL Lane, these are the top benefits:
SPANISH WHITE WINES
Spain’s most popular wines are red, but its white wines are very good as well. These wines are produced all over the country and with the help of an immense variety of grapes, flavors, and winemaking techniques. Actually, the country’s most widely planted grape—airén—is white.
Here are some of the best Spanish white wines for you to try:
The wines from the Rioja region are usually red, but many people don’t know that here are also produced incredible white wines which are known as Rioja Blanco. They’re generally made from viura grapes, but white garnacha, malvasia, and white tempranillo are also common. The White Rioja wine can be light and fresh or rich and nutty, and they tend to be aged for over a decade.
Albariño grape grows in Northwestern Spain and Portugal. It’s very common in the Rias Baixas region of Galicia. This light and slightly bitter wine is likely to be the most popular Spanish white wine abroad. Besides, this type of grape grows also in some parts of the US Pacific coast.
The Rueda region is located in Castilla y León, and is home to a unique wine called verdejo. It’s often referred to by the name of the grape (verdejo) instead of the region (Rueda). Verdejo is crisp, dry, and also citrusy, creating this way the perfect contrast with the full-bodied red wines that are produced in neighboring regions.
You can´t say you visited the Basque Country until you had a glass (or several) of txakoli. This lightly sparkling, fruity white wine is a symbol of the Basque wine culture. It’s made with hondarrabi zuri grapes, and it has been produced since at least the 15th century. It may come from these different DO regions: Getariako, Bizkaiko, or Arabako Txakolina. Each of these regions produces its own version.
Godello is a type of grape grown in the rainy region of Galicia. Godello wines are extremely dry and high in alcohol, and are often compared to Chardonnay or white Burgundy. These wines are the perfect choice if you want to taste an uncommon Spanish white wine.
Barcelona wine tasting tour is a dream come true: Now take it to the next level!
This magical tour will take you off the beaten path and into incredible family-run bodegas and tapas bars most tourists won’t even notice. You’ll taste Spanish and Catalan wines, each paired beautifully with home-cooked tapas. Along the way, you’ll learn about the fascinating history of the wine industry in Spain and walk the streets like a local.
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WINE TOURS IN BARCELONA
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Live this extraordinary experience, enter the magic and savor the aromas of the vineyards in the wine regions of Spain. Our expert team, specialized and with extensive knowledge of the wine routes, will prepare your worry-free trip so that you can simply enjoy.