Spain & Portugal

Appellations

Its own DO as of 2001, Montsant is in the Cataluna region of north eastern Spain. Old vines Grenache and Carinena vines predominate and the wines produced can bear striking similarities to those of neighbouring Priorat.
Penedes is the largest wine region in Cataluna, and the one from which Cava originates (now its own DO). It rises from the Mediterranean in a series of plateaus that can be divided into three distinct regions, from low to high: Bajo Penedes, Medio Penedes and Penedes Superior.
Having seen a total revolution in the past twenty years Priorat now makes some of the worlds finest grenache based wines, making use of a particular slate and quartz soil type known locally as llicorella. And some incredibly old vines. Single vineyard sites have been identified, winemaking techniques have undergone a revolution and Priorat can now justly identify itself as one of the world's most exciting wine making appellations.
Rias Baixas sits in Galicia to the north-west of Spain. Production centers around the hugely popular Albarino grape.
One of the leading wine regions in spain, Ribera del Duero specialises in the production of powerful red wines from the local variety of Tempranillo, Tinto Fino. A real challenger to Rioja in terms of quality this is an area that at first sight looks like a hostile place to grow vines. The vines are grown at altitudes of between 700 and 850m and searing day time temperatures are followed by extremely cold nights. The wines that emerge are firm, deeply coloured, ageworthy, and some of Spains most exciting and longlived.
Spains most famous wine growing region is seeing something of a revolution. A band of new producers are shunning the traditional methods of production in a effort to gain greater purity of fruit, less dominant oak influence, and individual terroir characteristics. The results are wines that have the ability to age and improve in bottle, that have finesse, character and real elegance.
One of Spain's prime regions for white wine where the sand and limestone soils and an altitude of at least 650 metres above sea level produce wines of vivacity and character.
Up and coming region in Spain with the potential produce some of Spain's most glorious red wines. To the west of Ribera del Duero, a similar style of wine is created but perhaps with less tannin but