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Spanish Wine


Wine History

Wine history is closely related to mankind’s history. Although it is not possible to accurately say the source or origin of this highly appreciated beverage; the oldest archeological fragments belong to a cellar from 6000 A.C. found in Armenia. From this Asian region, wine expanded first to Egypt and Eastern Europe, and later, with the peak of commercial routes and the implementation of grape growing, it continued to expand throughout the world.

Wine was a highly regarded beverage in all of history’s stages; destined to society’s high classes, beverage of the gods, sacred, and an essential element in the most important celebrations. Soon, its beneficial effects, when consumed moderately, were discovered, a fact proven to be true today. 



Wine Elaboration 

Wine is the result of the alcoholic fermentation of the grapes, and the elaboration process progressively evolved from the first spontaneous fermentations to the current process of elaboration, in which all parameters are controlled. It is worth mentioning that even during the darkest ages of mankind, such as the Middle Age; advances were made in the process of elaboration of wine, at the time it was the use of wooden barrels to storage the beverage.

However, the process of elaboration of wine suffered its most important evolution in the beginning of the Modern Age, specifically during the XVI(16th) and XVII (17th)centuries. At the time, vinification techniques were improved noticeably, and the first French red wines appeared, denoting excellence. Around this time, glass bottles begin to be used and corks appear, both being critical milestones. 



Wine Varieties 

In Spain there are many ways to classify wines depending on the different parameters, such as; color, aging or qualified denomination of origin (DOC.) According to color, they can be: red wine, white wine, rosé, or claret. According to aging, they are classified as: young wine, crianza(aged for a total of 24 months,) reserve, and grand reserve. According to origin they can be; table wine(vino de mesa), wine of the land (vino de la tierra,) Denomination of Origin (DO), qualified denomination of origin (DOC),

The classification according to denomination of origin reflects the current rules which govern wine quality; this means that table wines(vinos de mesa) are subjected to lesser quality demands and DO and DOC wines are subjected to higher standards of quality demands. Spanish wines are of excellent quality and there are many DO wines, such as; Rioja and Ribera del Duero, as well as Jerez, Somontano, Jumilla o Rueda. As part of the DOC qualification Rioja and Priorat or Priorato are found.

There are many bodegas (cellars) spread around the privileged areas of vineyards in the national geography, their excellent wines can be accessed through online wine offers.

Do you want to buy Spanish Wine? In our online celler you could buy Spanish Wine at best price 

 

"Wine is the most civilized thing in the world" - Ernest Hemingway

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