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Andalusia wine region. Sherry winery in Jerez de la Frontera. Amador Toril/©ICEX

Andalusia wine region. Sherry winery in Jerez de la Frontera. Amador Toril/©ICEX

Wine from Spain

Andalusia

 

The region of Andalusia, located in southern Spain, occupies a land area of 87,595 sq. kilometers / 33,831 sq. miles and has a population of more than  eight millions inhabitants. It is divided into eight provinces: Almería, Cádiz, Córdoba, Granada, Huelva, Jaén, Málaga and Seville. Wine production is centered in the regions around Jerez (the area with the oldest and longest wine exporting tradition in Spain), Montilla-Moriles, Málaga, Granada and Huelva. There are several designations of origin: DO Jerez-Sherry-Xérès-Manzanilla de Sanlúcar, DO Montilla-Moriles, DO Condado de Huelva, DO Málaga and DO Sierras de Málaga, and two Quality Wines with a Geographical Indication, VC Granada and VC Lebrija.

The main wine varieties grown in Andalusia for making fortified wines are Palomino, Pedro Ximénez and Moscatel. There are also many wineries in the region devoted to making not fortified wines with varieties such as Airén, Moscatel de Alejandría, Moscatel de grano menudo, Chardonnay, Macabeo, Sauvignon Blanc, Gewürztraminer, Riesling, Verdejo and Viognier (whites); Romé, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Tempranillo, Garnacha, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir, Petit Verdot, Graciano, Malbec, Monastrell y tintilla (reds) among others.


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