A wine map of Spain and Portugal is the best way to get your head around the importance of the Iberian Peninsula in the world wine scene.
Spain has more land under grapes than any other country, over 30% more than in France or Italy. Portugal is the fourth highest in terms of area under grapes in Europe.
Iberian wine grape varieties, especially Tempranillo from Spain and Touriga Nacional from Portugal are being planted extensively around the globe, including in Australia.
Winemakers are gaining experience with them and the momentum for both are growing as more are coming onto the market.
Consumers are catching on so the thirst for knowledge about Spanish wine regions is growing.
But most people have only a hazy idea of the wine areas on the Iberian Peninsula so it is timely that Steve De Long has just released his new Wine Map of the Iberian Peninsula.
We all know that Portugal makes port, but what about its other important wines, such as Vinho Verde or the dozens of other wine styles and demarcated regions. You'll be surprised how diverse and interesting the wines of Portugal are.
Tempranillo is the stand out variety of Spain and it is the dominant variety in the red wines of Rioja and Ribiera Del Duero, but wine is made in many other regions from the Albarino country of Galicia, to the sharp Txakoli whites in the Basque country, to the lovely roses and reds of the rapidly emerging Navarra region. There are dozens of other regions as well.
This map gives the most comprehensive and accurate picture all of the regions. It is produced by De Long Wine Info who have an impressive record of thorough research built up via the wine grape varietal table.
The map includes all of Spain and Portugal including the offshore islands of both countries.
The wine regions of South West France are also included on the map.
I recently visited Northern Portugal and the adjacent areas in northern Spain.
The Valdeorras region in Spain beautiful white wines are made from the Godello wine variety. This wine is made by the Valdesil company. Their name derives from the Sil River which cuts a beautiful gore through the mountains of Galicia.
De Long Wine Maps and the Wine Grape Varietal Table will not be available for shipping between 31 October and 6 December 2015.
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