Spanish Sparkling Wine vs French Champagne

Every champagne is a sparkling wine but not every sparkling wine is a Champagne. The main difference lies on the Protected Designation of Origin.

The term Champagne is set for a Protected Designation of Origin and the production according to the Champenoise technique used in French Champagne region. Only sparkling wines artisanal created in the same region and following the regulations for the aforementioned Designation of Origin can be named under the Champagne term. This wine region produces many of the best sparkling wines in the world. Read more

Manzanilla Protected Designation of Origin

Manzanilla and Sanlúcar de Barrameda are two tied notions in wine industry; the southern city is one of the corners in the ‘magical’ triangle of Jerez. The production of these particular wines is only possible in the region’s wineries and that is the reason the Manzanilla is a Protected Designation of Origin by itself.

In 1993, the manzanilla from Sanlúcar de Barrameda started its commercialization under the Jerez-Xérès-Sherry Protected Designation of Origin. However the regulations were amended in 1964 and the designation of origin was created as we know it today, Manzanilla-Sanlúcar de Barrameda, with the official acknowledgement of the special features of the manzanilla.

The Manzanilla-Sanlúcar de Barrameda Protected Designation of Origin is currently geographically placed inside the Jerez-Xérès-Sherry Protected Designation of Origin and both are sharing the production area and the Control Board responsibilities.

The Manzanilla is a unique, traditional and special wine, due to some weather conditions exclusive to Sanlúcar de Barrameda. Its dynamic production through the old criadera-solera process system benefits the flor yeast manifestation, which covers the wine and engages with it during the aging process.

Manzanilla is a pale wine with unique features, with a peculiar aroma and soft taste. It goes really well with any appetizer.

Classic manzanilla varieties are Fina and Pasada. Taking into account the aging length, fina-based manzanillas can show oxidation as the flor begins to fade long enough, after years of aging, in older criaderas; then it becomes the Manzanilla Pasada.

The Manzanilla-Sanlúcar de Barrameda Protected Designation of Origin recently celebrated its 50th anniversary in several cities across Andalusia.

Denominación de Origen Manzanilla

Manzanilla y Sanlúcar de Barrameda son dos conceptos ligados en el mundo vitícola, la ciudad gaditana constituye uno de los vértices del triángulo “mágico” de Jerez. Únicamente en las bodegas del entorno es posible la crianza de estos vinos tan singulares, razón por la que la Manzanilla forma una Denominación de Origen en sí misma.

En 1933, la manzanilla de Sanlúcar de Barrameda se comercializó bajo la Denominación de Origen Jerez-Xérès-Sherry. Sin embargo, en 1964 se modificó el reglamento, creándose la denominación de origen tal y como la conocemos en la actualidad, Manzanilla-Sanlúcar de Barrameda, reconociéndose finalmente de forma oficial el carácter especial de la manzanilla. Read more

Ribera del Duero Protected Designation of Origin

Finding out the Ribera del Duero Protected Designation of Origin

The Ribera del Duero has been built up and shaped by the development of many people, cultures and traditions of the local inhabitants.

Phoenicians and Romans left an important wine production legacy in this area.

After that period, wines from Ribera de Duero were used to provision different armies. Read more

Denominación de Origen Ribera de Duero

Descubriendo la Denominación de Origen Ribera de Duero

La Ribera de Duero ha sido forjada y formada por un devenir de pueblos, culturas y costumbres que habitaron en la zona.

Tanto las civilizaciones fenicias como romanas aportaron un importante legado vitícola en este territorio.

Posteriormente, los vinos de la Ribera de Duero fueron utilizados para abastecer a los ejércitos. Read more

Rioja Protected Designation of Origin

Finding out about the Rioja Protected Designation of Origin

The Rioja Protected Designation of Origin is a great reference in the Spanish viticulture quality industry due to its classical winery and its new generation of innovative wines.

More than 60,000 ha of vineyard extension allocated among the regions of Rioja itself, Álava and Navarra define the Designation. Read more

Denominación de Origen La Rioja

Descubriendo la Denominación de Origen La Rioja

La Denominación de Origen Rioja es toda una referencia en cuanto a calidad de la vitivinicultura española, tanto por sus vinos clásicos, como por su nueva generación de vinos innovadores.

Más de 60.000 hectáreas de viñedo conforman la Denominación, que se distribuyen entre la propia Rioja, Álava y NavarraRead more

Toro Protected Designation of Origin

Finding out about the Toro Protected Designation of Origin

Spain is a country with a great wine heritage and one of the world’s largest suppliers. It is on the first place in broad-acre cultivation and also first in wine and grape must production during 2013/14 season. Moreover, it is the leading volume exporting country on a year-on-year comparison (although it is the third value country after France and Italy). Data from the Wine Market Watch Group in Spain.

There are 69 Protected Designations of Origin across the country and we are here reviewing the most remarkable ones. Read more

Denominación de Origen Toro

Descubriendo la Denominación de Origen Toro

España es un país con gran tradición en el mundo del vino y uno de los principales productores mundiales.  Así, España se sitúa primero en el ranking por superficie plantada y primero por producción de vino y mosto durante la campaña 2013/14. Igualmente, es el primer exportador del mundo en términos de volumen en el interanual (aunque es tercero en términos de valor por detrás de Francia e Italia). Datos Observatorio Español del Mercado del Vino.

Dentro del país existen 69 Denominaciones de Origen de las cuáles, repasamos las más relevantes Read more

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