Spanish Red Wine

Located on the Iberian Peninsula, Spain has over 2.9 million acres (over 1.17 million hectares) planted with wines - making it the most widely planted wine producing nation, but it is only the third largest producer of wine in the world, the largest being Italy and France.  This is due, in part, to the very low yields and wide spacing of the old vines planted on the dry, infertile soil found in many Spanish wine regions.  The country has an abundance of native grape varieties, with over 600 varieties planted throughout Spain though 80 percent of the country's wine production is from only 20 grapes - including Tempranillo, Albarino, Garnacha, Palomino, Airen, Macabeo, Parellada, Xarel·lo, Cariñena and Monastrell. Major Spanish red wine regions include the Rioja and Ribera del Duero which is known for their Tempranillo production; Jerez, the home of the fortified wine Sherry.

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