Cava, Spain

Today I’ll be taking you through the (mostly) Catalonian region of Cava, one of the world’s most successful producers of sparkling wines. This is a region with an interesting history full of colourful characters, innovative inventions and constant evolution- so let’s learn some more about Cava! Cava is a fairly large region located in the…

Priorat, Spain

In the far north eastern corner of Spain is the state of Catalunya, and within this state there is a region which, despite its relatively new appearance, unfashionable grape varieties and near-inhospitable environment, is one of the two top-tier Spanish quality classifications (the other being Rioja), whose wines demand prices higher than almost any other…

Jerez de la Frontera Part 2

Last week I went through the history of the region of Jerez de la Frontera, the region best known for producing Sherry. As with many of the world’s best appellations, history plays a major part in why a region makes what it does, so last week I gave a (relatively) brief summary of how the…

Jerez de la Frontera

Where on Earth is Jerez de la Frontera you ask? Well you could probably guess somewhere Hispanic from the name, however what you may not have guessed is that this region is responsible for making one of the most historically significant wine styles of the past three centuries. Every wine drinker worth their salt has…

Friday Focus; Galicia, Spain

When I think of Spain, the first images that come to my mind are the sunny, hot and dry beaches and small yellow-brick towns of south and central Spain, however today we journey to the region known locally as the ‘green corner’ of Spain; Galicia. Located in the very north west of the Iberian Peninsula,…

Rioja Part 3; Baja

In part 3 of 3 for the Rioja region, I will be speaking about the largest sub-region of the Rioja DOCa, both in terms of physical size and also wine production; the Rioja Baja. As a quick summary for those that missed the previous 2 pieces, Rioja, located in the north-east of Spain, is the…

Rioja Part 2; Alavesa

First up for those that missed it, a quick wrap of last week’s piece on the importance and significance of the Rioja region. Rioja was the first Spanish region to be awarded DO (Denominación de Origen, a classification of quality) status, back in 1933, and in 1991 became the first to be upgraded to the top-level…

Rioja Part 1; Alta

Slightly confused as to where the Rioja Alta is? Well, I started this piece on Rioja, and quickly saw how big of a job it would be to cover the whole region of La Rioja in one go, so I decided to split the next few Friday Focus pieces into the 3 distinct sub-regions of…

Ribera del Duero, Spain

Just north of the dead centre of the Iberian Peninsula, due west of the cultural capital Barcelona and due north of the actual capital of Madrid sits a region high on the central Spanish Meseta (tablelands) called the Ribera del Duero. At first glance, this arid, harsh landscape doesn’t seem the most hospitable place, and…