Spain

Spanish wines are grabbing everyone’s attention – they are striking and unique with unprecedented quality, diversity and value. Spain’s history of winemaking spans over a thousand years. It is the most widely planted wine producing nation with about 3 million acres under cultivation. It is also the third largest producer of wine in the world – trailing closely behind only Italy and France. From the traditional and iconic Tempranillo and Garnacha grapes to crisp white Albariños, Sparkling Cavas, and Rosés, everyone should find plenty to choose from. Let Vine Ventures help you source wines that represent the essence of Spain.

Featured Selections from our Spanish Portfolio:

Brand Name – Calana
Varietal (s) – Monastrell
Country of Origin – Spain
Region – Jumilla

Tasting Profile

Ruby red in color with a fresh and clean bouquet boasting savory red berries and notes of baking spices. Medium-bodied with a soft mouth-feel and round tannins. Aged for six months in new American and French oak barrels. Enjoy with hamburgers, chicken and sausages. (Medium-Bodied, Red Berries, Spice)

Wine Notes

Red wines from Jumilla are known as some of the best values in Spain. Made from the oldest vineyards on the estate, the Monastrell grape, which is also known around the world as Mourvedre, is a native grape to the Jumilla region. France, Australia and California also produce wines from the Monastrell grape. Easy to enjoy by the glass or to pair with simple dishes.

Region

Located in southeastern Spain in the Murcia region, Jumilla has a continental climate which can range greatly in both weather patterns and temperature swings. Plagued by phylloxera in 1989, winemakers in Jumilla re-planted mainly with the native Monastrell grape, and some international varietals (Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, etc.). Once known as a bulk wine region, the wines of Jumilla are now seen internationally as great value.

Brand Name – Calana
Varietal (s) – Red Blend
Country of Origin – Spain
Region – Jumilla

Tasting Profile

Ruby red in color with inviting aromas of ripe red fruits, vanilla and spice. Medium-bodied with a smooth mouth-feel and mature tannins, which end in a long finish. Aged for six months in new American and French oak barrels. Enjoy with hamburgers, chicken and sausages. (Medium-Bodied, Cherry, Spice)

Wine Notes

Red wines from Jumilla are known as some of the best values in Spain. A fruity red blend with well balanced vanilla notes, making it a great Tuesday night wine. Easy to enjoy by the glass or to pair with a range of simple dishes. This is also a good transition wine for someone who is looking to migrate from sweeter to drier style wines.

Region

Located in southeastern Spain in the Murcia region, Jumilla has a continental climate which can range greatly in both weather patterns and temperature swings. Plagued by phylloxera in 1989, winemakers in Jumilla re-planted mainly with the native Monastrell grape, and some international varietals (Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, etc.). Once known as a bulk wine region, the wines of Jumilla are now seen internationally as great value.

Brand Name – Rumors Roble
Varietal (s) – Tinta de Toro (a.k.a. Tempranillo)
Country of Origin – Spain
Region – Toro

Tasting Profile

Cherry red in color with a medium-bodied palate filled with dark fruits and ripe tannins. Made from 100% Tempranillo grapes, and aged for three months in French oak barrels. Enjoy by the glass or try pairing with red meats or grilled vegetables. (Medium-Bodied, Plum, Spice)

Wine Notes

This is a lot of wine for the money. Produced with hand harvested Tempranillo grapes sourced from 15 year old vines, which are planted at 800 meters (2,600 feet) above sea level. This wine can be opened and enjoyed for several days. Recommend to the Cabernet Sauvignon & Zinfandel drinkers.

Region

Toro is a historic region known for producing bold red wines from Tinto de Toro, the local name for Tempranillo. Only 40 miles from the Portuguese border, the Toro DO has an extreme continental climate (long hot summer, cold winters). Many vines are older and free standing with puddingstone top soils.

Brand Name – Rumors Crianza
Varietal (s) – Tinta de Toro (a.k.a. Tempranillo)
Country of Origin – Spain
Region – Toro

Tasting Profile

Medium-bodied with ripe dark fruits flavors, integrated vanilla, and a touch of wood spice and herbs. Elegant tannins offer structure in length, which leads to a long finish. Enjoy by the glass, or try pairing with red meats, lasagna or hard cheeses. (Medium-Bodied, Dark Fruits, Vanilla)

Wine Notes

The wines of the Toro region will often appeal to the Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon drinker. Made in a fruit forward fashion, these wines offer bold fruit flavors, which can be enjoyed with or without food. Often considered one of Spain’s best kept secrets, this Toro is made from grapes that are hand harvested from 25 year bush vines. Aged in French oak for 11 months.

Region

Toro is a historic region known for producing bold red wines from Tinto de Toro, the local name for Tempranillo. Only 40 miles from the Portuguese border, the Toro DO has an extreme continental climate (long hot summer, cold winters). Many vines are older and free standing with puddingstone top soils.

Brand Name – Rumors
Varietal (s) – Tinta de Toro (a.k.a. Tempranillo)
Country of Origin – Spain
Region – Toro

Tasting Profile

Dry, crisp and refreshing with a round palate filled with ripe strawberry flavors balanced with integrated acidity for length and structure. Enjoy by the glass, or try pairing with cream based dishes, salads and seafood. (Crisp, Strawberry, Mineral)

Wine Notes

Made from 85% Tempranillo and 15% Garnacha grapes hand harvested from 15 year old vineyards. The Toro region is known for making big red wines that satisfy the Zinfandel and big Cabernet drinker. This rose is a lighter version of those wines made in a style that can stand up to food or enjoyed on its own.

Region

Toro is a historic region known for producing bold red wines from Tinto de Toro, the local name for Tempranillo. Only 40 miles from the Portuguese border, the Toro DO has an extreme continental climate (long hot summer, cold winters). Many vines are older and free standing with puddingstone top soils.

Brand Name – Outon
Varietal (s) – Albarino
Country of Origin – Spain
Region – Rias Baixas

Tasting Profile

Crisp and clean with an elegant lemon-yellow color. Fragrant notes of green apple and tropical fruits follow through onto the light-bodied palate, which boasts minerality and balanced acidity offer structure and length. Enjoy chilled by the glass, or try pairing with seafood and salads. (Crisp, Apple, Mineral)

Wine Notes

Wines made from the Albarino grape can be described as a cross between Sauvignon and Pinot Grigio. As wines are often made to go with the cuisine where the originate from, wines from the Rias Baixas region, which sits on the Atlantic Ocean, are perfect for pairing with seafood and shellfish.

Region

Located in Northwest Spain, above Portugal, on the Atlantic Ocean, the Rias Baixas wine region (or D.O. as the call it in Spain), is home to the Albarino grape. This cool weather climate shares similar growing conditions to key white wine producing regions such as The Loire Valley, New Zealand and the Rhine region of Germany.

Brand Name – Cielo D’Or Cava Brut
Varietal (s) – Macabeo, Parellada, Xarel-lo and Chardonnay
Country of Origin – Spain
Region – Penedes

Tasting Profile

Fresh and fruity with an inviting bouquet of green apples and warm toast, followed by pinpoint bubbles and a long finish. Aged in the bottle for two years. This versatile selection can be enjoyed on it’s own, paired with seafood and poultry dishes, or used in cocktail recipes such as Mimosas. (Fresh, Apple, Toast)

Wine Notes

Cava, which is a type of sparkling wine produced in Spain, is an excellent value for the money. Produced using the Methode Champenoise from estate grown grapes, Cielo D’Or Brut is aged in the bottle for 2 years to create harmony & balance. Produced at a Brut sweetness level (7.0 g/l), this is a crowd pleasing selection for many occasions.

Region

Penedes, which is the home of Cava production, is located south of Barcelona in the northeast region of Spain. The vineyards in Penedes sit between the mountains and the Mediterranean sea, which offers a variety of micro-climates depending on the vineyard altitude and the proximity to the sea.

Brand Name – Cielo D’Or Cava Semi-Seco
Varietal (s) – Macabeo, Parellada, Xarel-lo and Chardonnay
Country of Origin – Spain
Region – Penedes

Tasting Profile

Crisp and semi-sweet with apple, pear and a hint of cinnamon toast wrapped in tiny bubbles, ending in a smooth finish. An excellent value for the money, this wine has been aged in the bottle for 18 months. Serve on its own, or pair with spicy foods or desserts.(Semi-Sweet, Apple, Cinnamon)

Wine Notes

Cava is an excellent value and a great alternative to Champagne. Like Champagne, Cava is aged in the bottle creating small and persistent bubbles. This particular wine is produced in a semi-seco style (34.7 g/l of sugar), which translates to a sweeter taste profile. This crowd pleaser is perfect for sweeter wine drinkers, or to pair with spicy food or dessert.

Region

Penedes, which is the home of Cava production, is located south of Barcelona in the northeast region of Spain. The vineyards in Penedes sit between the mountains and the Mediterranean sea, which offers a variety of micro-climates depending on the vineyard altitude and the proximity to the sea.