Cantabria wine region.
Cantabria is an Autonomous Community consisting of a single province located in the north of Spain, on the coast of the Bay of Biscay. It has an area of 5,326.54 sq. kilometers / 2,056.6 sq. miles and 587,686 inhabitants (2014). The capital city is Santander.
Cantabria wines are not well known, but are gradually developing this industry. There are approximately 10 wineries which elaborate wines protected by two quality labels.
One of them is Quality Wine with Specific Geographic Indication Vino de la Tierra Costa de Cantabria. Its vineyards are located near the region coastline, under the influence of Atlantic climate. These wineries produces mainly white wines with grape varieties such as Albariño, Chardonnay, Godello, Ondarribi Zuri, Riesling, Gewürtztraminer and Treixadura. Red grape Ondarribi Belza is also authorized.
The second quality label is Quality Wine with Specific Geographic Indication Vino de la Tierra de Liébana, whose wineris and vineyards are located near Liébana valley, in the interior of Cantabria, and comprises the villages of Potes, Pesagüero, Cabezón de Liébana, Camaleño, Cillorigo de Liébana and Vega de Liébana.