Spain is one of the top producing wine regions in the world, but it is amazing to me that most major publications and trade magazines largely ignore this area as a whole.  Within the last 20-25 years Spain has come into its own…no longer a producer of wines for workers in the field, the government has stepped in and is determined to put their wines on the map.  With government support they are going after both old world styles in areas like Rioja and Navarra, and New world styles from almost all the rest of Spain to appeal to an American market.  Quality and Price have never been better, and with government regulation and support we can expect this to continue for the next 3-5 years.  Spain is one of the few major wine producing areas producing 90+ pt wines at affordable price ranges ($15 - $22), and 93+ pt wines for ($30 - $45)….just incredible values.

Old World Styles/Houses worth the Search

Rioja – Sierra Contabria, Bodegas Muga, El Puntido
Varietals - Tempranillo

Transition Areas bridging Old and New World Styles/Houses worth the Search

Priorat/Montstant – Can Blau, Onix, Clos De Noi
Varietals - Carignan, Grenache, Monastrell

New World Styles/Houses worth the Search

Campo de Borga – Borsao
Emporda – Masia Carreras
Jumilla – Juan Gil, Bodegas Luzon, Tavs, Pico Madama
Toro – Juan Rojo, Abelis Carthage
La Mancha – Volver, Manu
Manchuella – Finca Sandoval
Duero – JC Vizcarra, Spiga, Cepa 21
Varietals – Monastrell, Grenache, Syrah, Cabernet, Blends

White Varietals worth the Search

Muscat (dessert and crisp whites)