Spain is the third largest wine producing country in the world. Many different grape varieties are grown here and the country has very different climates, from rainy and temperate in the green northwest to very hot and dry in the south. The yield per hectare is much lower, because the vineyards are not intensively planted. This has to do with the fact that there is simply enough space to plant the grapes generously.
The largest wine regions are Rioja, Rueda and Ribera del Duero. Rioja stretches along the banks of the River Ebro and stands for pure quality. It was the very first Spanish wine region to acquire DOC (denominación de origen calificada) status. In Rueda mainly white wines are produced such as the fresh Verdejo and in the heart of Northern Spain you will find the Ribera del Duero wine region. The vineyards here extend into the valley along the bank of the Duero River, and the most commonly grown grape is Tempranillo. The basis of the better Spanish wines.