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Spanish wine: tradition meets modernity

Spain is one of the most exciting winemaking countries in the world – as well as one of the most ancient. As recently as five years ago few imagined that wines from every corner of Spain would be taken as seriously as they are. We’re now seeing fascinating new wines from DOs such as Madrid, La Mancha and Jumilla. At the same time, old-established regions such as Rioja are re-inventing their style, young winemakers trying new methods and new varietals and producing wines which though recognisably local have a distinctly modern edge. Spain is a country on the cusp of a winemaking revolution: there has never been a better time to explore its wonderfully diverse wines.


Spain: New wine regions

When it comes to individuality and terroir, there are a handful of regions in Spain that stand out from the crowd, producing incredibly exciting wines, says GERRY DAWES. And they’re not the ones you’d think…MORE


They say it’s a horse fair, but in Jerez they need little excuse for a fiesta. Brian St Pierre joins revellers for frenzied flamenco and fine fino…MORE

Reinventing Rioja

The rise of New World wines has forced Rioja’s wineries to adapt to modern styles – just don’t tell the Spanish. Margaret Rand reports…MORE

Why Spain is the most exciting wine country in Europe

Innovative winemakers, investors and owners, regional diversity, and the rise of native grapes have made Spanish wine the biggest hit of the year….MORE

Toro’s best exports are blockbusters on a budget

Its cult wines may have cemented Toro’s place on the world stage, but STEPHEN BROOK finds the fashionable Spanish region’s best exports are its more modestly priced reds more….MORE

Marqués de Cáceres spares no efforts to achieve maximum quality, combining the best of tradition with a touch of innovation to highlight the finesse and elegance in its wines. Having made dynamic progress over the years, the Bodega has become a top ambassador for Spanish wines in the world offering a full range of first-class red, white and rosé wines.


Panel tastings

Ribera del Duero 2005
Consistent, reliable and undeniably good, but the 2005 Ribera del Dueros didn’t quite hit the high notes…MORE

Rioja Reserva 2002
The unforgiving conditions in 2002 truly sorted the wheat from the chaff, but here’s the pick of the crop…MORE

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