Spain has the biggest vineyard surface in the world, with around 3 million acres of vines planted, and it is the third largest producer of wine in the world behind France and Italy, with Spain's production being lower, in part, due to the very low yields and wide spacing of the old vines planted on the dry, infertile soil found in many regions.
With an extremely varied climate, you will find a lot of smaller 'micro-climates' across the country, each suited for growing different varietals of grapes. The country has an abundance of native grape varieties, with over 400 varieties planted throughout Spain, although 80 percent of the country's wine production is from only 20 grapes including the reds Tempranillo, Garnacha and Monastrell; the whites Albariño from Galicia, Palomino, Airen, and Macabeo; and the three cava grapes Parellada, Xarel·lo and Macabeo.
Spain has 78 sub-regions of wine across 17 provinces of the country, including the Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands. Major wine regions include the Rioja and Ribera del Duero, which are known for their Tempranillo production; Jerez de la Frontera, the home of the fortified wine Sherry; Rías Baixas in the northwest region of Galicia that is known for its white wines made from Albariño and Catalonia which includes the Cava and still wine producing regions of the Penedès as well the Priorat region.
The country itself is one with a large geographical and cultural diversity, with everything from white sandy beaches, lush meadows, green valleys, hills and snowy mountains in the Northern regions to almost desert zones in the South.
With spectacular scenery the likes of which we have not seen anywhere else in the world, amazing quality and value wines, some amazing restaurants such as the 3 Michelin starred Akelarre and Martin Berasatagui, both of which were absolutely amazing, the endless supply of pintxos, tapas, seafood and other amazing local delicacies and the beautiful architecture and friendly people, this is an amazing country that we have thoroughly enjoyed.
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