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Unlike the U.S. where a wine is ordered referring to the grape that it’s made from (a glass of Merlot, Pinot Noir, Shiraz or Cabernet), in Spain the wine region where it’s produced is the way too distinguish wine types. If one asks for a glass of “tinto” or red wine in a bar, one will get a glass of Rioja (a wine region in north eastern Spain) in most places, but there are many other wine regions that produce great quality wines and knowing their differences will give you the chance to find the wine that best suits your tastes.
Spain has a quality index to qualify it´s wines. Each wine region has a Regulating Board that approves the standard of the wines they produce, if a wine has passed the quality test it will be allowed to tag it´s bottles with a seal of approval called “Denominación de Origen”. There are more that 70 wine regions in Spain and each of them has it’s own seal of approval. The label is placed at the back of the bottle and guarantees the wines quality.
We’ll write about some of Spain’s wine regions and their wines in future posts.