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Explore Spain’s undiscovered whites

The source of many well-loved reds, Spain’s wide diversity of terroirs and innovative winemaking mean there is also great quality to be found among its modern white wine styles. Sarah Jane Evans MW introduces five of the best varieties to try and recommends three excellent examples of each to taste…

Spain’s red wines are a safe bet on any wine list – sometimes just too safe, when the same denominations keep appearing and there is so much more to be enjoyed. There’s more to life than Tempranillo and its synonyms.


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When it comes to whites, the story is the same. There is so much more to Spain’s whites than the too-often seen Viura (Macabeo) from Rioja and Verdejo from Rueda. Below, I’ve selected five varieties to highlight Spain’s glorious diversity. With miles of coastline, mountains (Europe’s second most mountainous country), soils of every variety – slate, clay, granite, volcanic, sand – and myriad thoughtful, experienced winemakers, the potential for white wine is terrific and, to a certain extent, still unrecognised.


 

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