The wines of northern Spain : From Galicia to the Pyrenees and Rioja to the Basque Country
by Sarah Jane Evans
Editor: Infinite Ideas Limited
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There is no doubt about it, Spain is the most exciting country in Europe, when it comes to wineAs Europe is the second most mountainous country, with exposure to the seas and oceans, on each side, it is very diverse in land, culture, language and lifestyle.In the north of Spain there are four main wine regions: Rioja, Galicia, Catalonia and Ribera del Duero in Castilla y Leon.Each one is unique and produces wines with its own guaranteed appellation of origin.The heart of wine production in northern Spain is Rioja, which has produced quality wines for centuries.(In the 1800s, La Rioja benefited from its alliance with Bordeaux, conferring unknown technological advantages to other regions of Spain.) But quality doesn’t stop at La RiojaNavarre is home to many of the most modern and advanced producers and producersCalatayud and the Campo de Borja are home to some of the largest Grenache vineyards in the world outside the Southern Rhone, and the Priorat and Montsant region in Catalonia produce some of the fame of Spanish winesSarah Jane Evans, the world’s leading authority on Spanish wines, begins with a history of the region: from phylloxera, replanting different, and international, varieties through the aftermath of the Civil War and the effects on the wine industry, recovery and innovation in the late 20th century, the promise of the 21st century and rediscovery of native varieties, as well as a brief detour through the recent effects of the economic crisisIt then takes the sub-regions, in turn,
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