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Spain - Wine Map of Northern Spain

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Vineyards and church in La Rioja

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Torres, Catalunya

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Durius Alto Duero vineyards in Castilla y León, Northwest Spain

Wine Map of Northern Spain

The majority of Spain’s finest wines come from the northern half of the country, where the mountainous landscape provides cool vineyard sites even in the hottest of summers. The most significant wine areas are along the banks of Spain’s two most important wine rivers: the Duero and the Ebro. The Duero flows west through the winelands of Castilla y León—most famously, Ribera del Duero—while the Ebro flows southeast through the well-known regions of La Rioja and Navarra and on to Aragón and Catalunya.


Northwest Spain: Areas & top producers

Galicia

Fillaboa

Martín Códax


Castilla y León

Aalto

Abadía Retuerta

Alejandro Fernández

Álvarez y Díez

Castilla la Vieja

Descendientes de J Palacios

Durius Alto Duero

Emilio Moro

Fariña

Hacienda Monasterio

Marqués de Riscal

Mauro

Maurodos

Valdelosfrailes

Vega Sicilia

Viña Bajoz


Northeast Spain: Areas & top producers

La Rioja

Berberana

Bodegas Marqués de Murrieta

Contino

CVNE

La Rioja Alta

Marqués de Cáceres

Marqués de Riscal


Navarra

Bodegas Guelbenzu

Bodegas Julián Chivite

Bodegas Ochoa


Aragón

Blecua

Bodega Pirineos

Bodegas San Alejandro

Covinca

Viñas del Vero


Catalunya

Álvaro Palacios

Agustí Torelló

Celler de Capçanes

Clos Mogador

Codorníu

Europvin Falset

Freixenet

Raïmat

Torres


Terroir at a glance

Latitude:

41–43.5°N.


Altitude:

Varies from 0 to 2,600 m; vineyards are at sea level along the Catalan coast, in the low-lands in Aragón and Navarra, and in the highlands in other areas of Navarra, La Rioja, Penedès, and Ribera del Duero.


Topography:

The Cordillera Cantábrica mountain range dominates the north.


Soil:

Mainly limestone, mixed with sandstone or calcareous clay.


Climate:

Varies from temperate Atlantic influences north of the Cordillera Cantábrica to more continental south of these mountains. Lowlands are hot and dry, with semi-arid spots, while the highlands of Ribera del Duero, La Rioja, and Navarra are cooler. Heading east, the climate becomes more Mediterranean, with complex mesoclimates in the highlands of Catalunya and humid and temperate areas towards the coast.


Temperature:

July avg. 72°F (22°C).


Rainfall:

Annual average is 1,200 mm.


Viticultural hazards:

Frost in highlands of La Rioja, Navarra, and Aragón; rain and wind at harvest time in Galicia and País Vasco; fungal infections in Catalunya.

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