Wine Grapes varieties
Red. Originated in Bordeaux, like Cabernet Sauvignon, but yields softer wines. This variety is thought to be related to Mencía, which is plentiful in some areas of Galicia and Castile.
Red. Originally from the French Médoc, it is now found on every continent. In Spain, it is planted principally in Catalonia, Navarre and Ribera del Duero, although it is being tried out in many other regions of Spain as well.
White. One of the Rioja's old native varieties, this grape yielded white wines which, although hard and coarse, responded well to ageing. Today it is considered extinct by the DOCa Rioja Regulatory Council, but apparently some stock can still be found in the vicinity of San Asensio and certain other parts of La Rioja.
Red. Native of the Balearic Islands. It is a grape with little structure, which does not give many tannins, and produces high alcohol wines. It is often mixed with Cabernet, Manto Negro or Tempranillo to gain in complexity and better withstand the barrel aging.
Red. Produces robust, balanced wines. An excellent complement to Garnacha, it is widely planted in Catalonia and La Rioja, where it is known as "Mazuela". It is also considered a main variety in Calatayud, Costers del Segre, Penedés, Tarragona and Terra Alta DOs.
Red. Native of the Medoc region in France, it extinguished almost from all of Europe due to phylloxera. The highest concentration of this varietal is given today in Chile. It produces high colored and full body wines, with aromas where green notes and paprika stand out.
Red. Native varietal of Asturias, with little flavor and low acidity and little color intensity. Attractive mainly for the production of rosé wines.
Red. Native variety of the Canary Islands. Authorized under DO Ycoden-Daute-Isora
White. High yield grape. Found in Badajoz (99%) and Cáceres.
White or red. Another rare Galician variety. The red grape is a main variety in Ribeiro DO, and an authorised variety in Rías Baixas DO. The white grape is authorised in Rías Baixas.
Red. Native of Galicia. It's a late ripening grape; its clusters are medioum size and not very compact. Its berries have a dark blue color.
The name given to Tempranillo in certain regions in the centre and south of Spain. See Tempranillo.
White. Very fine, high quality grape which makes aromatic wines that give good results without long ageing. Originally from Burgundy, it is covered by the regulations on sparkling wines, and by those of Costers del Segre and Navarra DOs.
White. Native of the Anjou area in the Loire Valley (France). Their clusters are medium sized and compact. Used to produce dry white, semi-dry and even sweet wines. In view shows a faint greenish-yellow with some reflections, leading to gold with hazelnut and honey aromas. On the palate it has a balanced acidity with apples, white peaches and hazelnuts flavors. It is grown in the DO Penedés
White. See Doña Blanca
White. Grape of French origin, also known as Colombo and Colombier in France, or French Colombard in California. Their clusters are medium, long, cylindrical, often double, with long peduncles. The berries are medium in short oval form, green yellow color with high levels of acidity when ripe.