It is the most important red wine grape in Spain and the best known outside of Spain. The plant is vigorous and sensitive to drought and disease. It is early maturing (as its name suggests), so it is little affected by frost. It behaves very well alone but we can find it associated with Graciano, Mazuela and Garnacha due to its low acidity. The wines have great quality, they are balanced, alcoholic, slightly acidic, with a soft aroma of strawberries and wild fruits; its color is ruby, very intense. It is a very suitable wine for aging in oak.
The most widely planted white grape in the world, though planted only in the center part of Spain. 750,000 acres of Airén situated in Spain’s Meseta amount to far more than all the acres of Chardonnay in the world or any other white grape you can name. It is generally used for brandy and for light, simple white wines.
Historic Spanish variety, The most widespread in Spain and the most planted in the world. It has its origin in Aragon. It is the second most important grape for the production of rosé wines in Castilla-La Mancha. It is a very productive plant, it resists cold well but is sensitive to pests and diseases. The wines are balanced, low in color, alcoholic, full-bodied and not very acidic. The aromas are delicate, fruity. In the mouth they are fleshy, soft.
Originally from France, in Spain it is widely distributed throughout the geography, highlighting in our region the D.O. Almansa. It receives its name from the large amount of color it brings to other varieties, due to its colored pulp. The wines are full-bodied and have an intense dark cherry color. It is normally used as a mixing wine for its coloring power.
Red variety that grows best in the Designations of Origin of Yecla, Jumilla, and Bullas on the Mediterranean region of Spain.
This grape is the heart of the D.O. Utiel-Requena, and is grown also in D.O. Manchuela. It produces intense and fresh rosés, and powerful reds.
A minor player in Rioja but increasingly has fans and even devotees. It can have beautiful aromatics, color, and tannin.
The grape carries the red-cherry intensity and herbal notes often found in Cabernet Franc, and like Cabernet Franc, Mencía can often be underwhelming, tasting more structured than lush. At its best, it can be profound.
Linked to the D.O. Rueda for centuries, it produces very fine whites with tones of hills grass, fruit and excellent acidity.
Popular in many regions to make quality light to medium body, fresh white wines: this variety is also referred to as Virua in Rioja. In Cava Macabeo is often blended with the Parellada and Xarel-lo varieties, or in some cases with Chardonnay.
Good for sweet wines and for table grapes and raisins, this grape can offer utterly charming dessert wines; there are fascinating dry versions too.
Classic Mediterranean variety that is used to make highly acclaimed red, rose and white wines with a touch of spice.