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Spain - Wine Map of Central & Southern Spain

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Harvesting grapes, Andalucía

Vines in albariza soil, Jerez, Andalucía

Vineyards on La Mancha plain, Castilla-La Mancha

Piqueras rosé

Wine Map of Central & Southern Spain

This is a vast area encompassing five autonomous regions, which break down into 32 DOs, including the two Pagos (single estates). Some DOs are only of local interest; others, such as Jumilla and Yecla, boast a few star producers; and a couple, most notably La Mancha and Valencia, are making waves in the outside world, especially in terms of value-for-money wines. Of most significance is the Jerez DO, producing sherry, Spain’s oldest and (now) second-best-selling wine.

Central Spain: Areas & top producers

Castilla-La Mancha

Dehesa del Carrizal

Dominio de Valdepusa

Félix Solís

Finca Élez

J A Megía Hijos

Nuestro Padre Jesús del Perdón


Vinícola de Castilla

Valencia & Murcia

Agapito Rico

Enrique Mendoza


Southern Spain: Areas & top producers



Emilio Lustau

González Byass

Hidalgo-La Gitana

Perez Barquero

Príncipe Alfonso

Perfect case: Central & Southern Spain

Terroir at a glance


36–40.5°N (Mainland); 28°N (Canarias).


0–3,480 m.


Central Spain is a vast meseta (plateau), dominated by Madrid at an altitude of 650 m. The meseta climbs toward the mountainous area of Andalucía in the south. From there, land falls in a series of plateaus toward sea level. The Canarias (Canary Islands), volcanic in origin, have some of the highest vineyards in the world (over 1,500 m).


Sandy clay throughout, with rich limestone in places.


Harsh, with huge temperature ranges. Andalucía is hot-Mediterranean, (although the highlands are much wetter than the lowlands) and the Canarias are subtropical.


Annual July average is 91°F (33°C) in Córdoba on the mainland and 82°F (28°C) in the Canarias.


Annual average is 625 mm in Córdoba on the mainland and 200 mm in the Canarias.

Viticultural hazards:

Summer drought.

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