Spain's wine history dates back over 7,000 years and they have more vineyards planted than any other European country. They are currently the third largest wine producer, yields are low partly due to the hot and arid climate.
Spain produces a wide range of wines from fortified sherry to excellent sparklers and very fine reds and whites to everyday table wines. The best quality areas are in the more northerly parts of Spain; Rioja Alta and Alvesa, Ribera del Duero and Penedes. Here the sun exposure is good but the nights are cooler.
Rioja is still claims supremacy in the red wines, although exciting wines are now being produced in areas such as Ribera del Duero, La Mancha and Jumilla at a more affordable price.
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