Spain & Italy
In Spain, wines are classified into different wine regions, each with their own set of wine laws and quality standards. Currently, Spain has 69 major wine regions, the more correct term being “Designation of Origin” (D.O.).
You are most likely familiar with at least a few of them. Some of the most well-known wine regions of Spain are Rioja, Ribera del Duero, Penedés, Navarra, Rueda, Cava, Rias Baixas, Jeréz, & La Mancha.
Italian wine. A typical Italian vineyard scene, with vines growing together with olive trees. Vineyards around the town of Barolo. Tuscan wine. Italian regions. Vineyard in Trentino-Alto Adige. Sangiovese vineyards in the Val d'Orcia, Monte Amiata in the background. Vineyard in Gaiole in Chianti. When it comes to learning about Spanish wine, it is important to get to know the different grape varieties that are grown in Spain as well as their geographic distribution.