Spain offers some of the best wine values in all of Europe with its lush reds and thrilling whites. Here at Astor, we’ve stocked up on plenty of new arrivals from this incredible wine destination. With Spain, you can find fantastically affordable crowd-pleasers as well as high-tannin wines that easily go toe-to-toe with the most coveted bottles in the world.
Spain is known for its big reds. Bold wines that highlight Tempranillo’s best qualities are aged for several years in oak and bottle. These lush wines can be found not only in bottles of Reserva Rioja but also in Priorat, a region famous for its powerhouse reds.
Keep the full-bodied theme going with Monastrell. These wines are hefty and tannic, with vivid black fruit and black pepper flavors. Monastrell is found mostly in Central Spain from the Mediterranean coast in Valencia to inland to La Mancha on the central plateau. They’re also amazing values.
Like your Spanish reds juicy and a bit spicy? Young Tempranillo typically receives less than a year of aging—resulting in wines that are fleshy and full of tart cherry fruit. Most value-driven Tempranillos taste this way and the most well-known example of it is Rioja Crianza.
Meanwhile, Garnacha offers a fresh and lithe red wine with delicate strawberry fruit and a smooth finish. This lean style of Garnacha can be found in Northern Spain, close to the border of France in regions like Navarra.
Outside of Madrid, aged Garnacha wines are complex with firm tannins and dark raspberry flavors. These wines are aged longer and typically come from older vineyards at high elevations. Often you can find Garnacha blended with Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot to produce luscious licorice-flavored reds.
And for a truly unique Spanish wine, Mencía wines are medium-bodied reds with bright, tart fruits and fresh leafy qualities that are produced in Northwest Spain. They’re often compared to cru Beaujolais or Cabernet Franc from the Loire Valley. Wines from Bierzo and Monterrei tend to be a bit more full-bodied while wines from Valdeorras tend to be lighter.