Forbes magazine recently published a cheat sheet for Spanish wine aficionados looking to enjoy top-notch wine tourism. After assessing Spain’s wine landscape, they handpicked eight of the best and most interesting wineries to visit, and even offer tips and suggestions on what to drink at each bodega.
Their recommendations include Viñas de Vero, in Somontano, which makes exceptionally good wines, as “… Somontano’s unique terroir and climate are perfect for growing an impressive array of indigenous and international grape varieties.” The experts suggest sipping on the bodega’s Gewürztraminer 2018.
Another recommendation is Finca Allende, in La Rioja. This winery produces some stellar wines made with local grapes and, incredibly, many of the vineyard plots are still farmed by mules. The wine to try here is a white wine called Mártires 2017, made from Viura grapes harvested by hand.
If you’re in DO Calatayud, you’ll want to hit up Bodegas San Alejandro, in Zaragoza. What’s interesting about this winery is their Winemaker for a Day program, where you get to make and take home a bottle of your own wine—a totally unique proposal. After you make your own, try their Las Rocas Garnacha 2015 and compare the two.
The other recommended wineries are Bodega Delgado Zuleta, in Sanlucár de Barrameda; Las Moradas de San Martín, in DO Vinos de Madrid; Cavas Codorníu, in Penedès; Marqués de Murrieta, in La Rioja; and Bodegas Beronia, in La Rioja as well.
The US is an important market for Spanish winemakers, and Spanish wine exports there have doubled in the last two decades. Moreover, ecotourism is up year on year.