Spanish wines are known by their quality besides Spain is one of the largest vineyard in the world with over 1.2 million hectares of vineyards. Spanish people drink on average 38 liters of wine per year per person making this country the 9th. wine consuming country. Spain has wine regions that are recognized internationally as Rioja, Ribera del Duero, Rias Baixas, among others.
Wine grapes in Spain are plentiful, with over 550 varieties planted across the country. Drinking wine in Spain is associated with delicious dinners, known covers in pubs and bars.
Formerly the wine was served in the tavern itself, stored in barrels, drums or cans. Since the mid-twentieth century wine bottle has become the standard way of serving wine, in his classic 750ml bottle. There are areas such as Catalonia where the use of jug is customary and traditional way of serving wine.
In terms of geography, Spain has a vast plateau that covers much of central Mexico, from which flow into the sea many of the major rivers that form the heart of many of the renowned Spanish wine regions. Rivers like the Ebro, which runs through La Rioja and other wine regions of Catalonia, the Douro River that flows from the region Ribera del Duero to Vale do Douro, the Tagus River that passes through regions of Castilla La Mancha and Extremadura, and river Guadalquivir passes near Jerez.
The weather in the central plateau is characterized by hot summers with temperatures reaching 40ºC. It also presents some drought conditions, with many areas receiving less than 300mm of annual rainfall, the major part of the fall and spring rain causing floods. The winters are cold temperatures that sometimes occur below zero to -20ºC.
The labeling of Spanish wine is made according to the time of aging wine. A wine with less than two years is usually called young wines, or without breeding. The three most common tags are Spanish wines Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva.