Main Spanish Wine Regions

Spain has several wine regions. Below you can find the list of the Wine regions of Spain with Denominación de Origen (DO & DOCa). (Denominación de Origen = Appellation of Origin).

1. Rías Baixas DO

2. Ribeiro DO

3. Ribeira Sacra DO

4. Monterrei DO

5. Valdeorras DO

6. Bierzo DO

7. Tierra de León DO

8. Cigales DO

9. Arribes DO

10. Toro DO

11. Tierra del Vino de Zamora DO

12. Rueda DO

13. Ribera del Duero DO

14. Arlanza DO

15. Rioja DOCa

16. Txacoli de Álava

17. Txakoli de Bizkaia

18. Txakoli de Getaria

19. Navarra DO

20. Campo de Borja DO

21. Cariñena DO

22. Calatayud DO

23. Somontano DO

24. Costers del Segre DO

25. Terra Alta DO

26. Tarragona DO

27. Montsant DO

28. Priorat DOCa

29. Conca de Barberà DO

30. Penedès DO

31. Pla de Bages DO

32. Alella DO

33. Empordà DO

34. Binissalem DO

35. Pla i Llevant DO

36. Valencia DO

37. Utiel-Requena DO

38. Alicante DO39. Yecla DO

40. Bullas DO

41. Jumilla DO

42. Almansa DO

43. Manchuela DO

44. Ribera del Júcar DO

45. Uclés DO

46. Mondéjar DO

47. La Mancha DO

48. Valdepeñas DO

49. Méntrida DO

50. Vinos de Madrid DO

51. Ribera del Guadiana DO

52. Condado de Huelva DO

53. Manzanilla-Sanlúcar de Barrameda DO

54. Jerez-Xérès-Sherry DO

55. Málaga DO & Sierras de Málaga DO

56. Montilla-Moriles DO

57. La Palma DO58. El Hierro DO

59. La Gomera DO

60. Abona DO

61. Tacoronte-Acentejo DO

62. Valle de Güímar DO

63. Ycoden-Daute-Isora DO

64. Valle de La Orortava DO

65. Gran Canaria DO

66. Lanzarote DO

67. Catalunya DO (Not represented)

68. Cava DO (Not represented)

In this map you can find where they are located within the Iberian peninsula and their extension:

Denominaciones de Origen (DO)

The mainstream quality wine regions in Spain are referred to as Designation of Origin (similar to the French Appellations) and the wine they produce is regulated for quality according to specific laws.
In compliance with European Commission Regulation (CE) 753/2002, Spanish wines are classified into two categories, which in turn are further classified into sub-categories depending on the strictness of the criteria applied in producing the type of wine in question:

1. Quality Wines Produced in a Specified Region (QWPSR) (Vino de Calidad Producido en Región Determinada (VCPRD) in Spanish)

  • Denominación de Origen de Pago (DO de Pago): these wine regions aspire to the very highest standards with extremely strict geographical criteria, centering on individual single-estates with an international reputation. There are currently only 7 estates with this status: 4 in Castile-La Mancha and 3 in Navarre.
  • Denominación de Origen Calificada (DOCa) (Denominació d’Origen Qualificada (DOQ) in Catalan): regions with a proven track record of consistent quality. There are only 2 wine regions with this status: Rioja and Priorat.
  • Vino de Calidad con Indicación Geográfica. A ‘starter home’ for wine regions climbing the quality ladder. There are 2 wine regions with this status.

2. Table Wine (Vino de Mesa in Spanish)

  • Vino de la Tierra (VdlT) “Country wines” which do not have EU QWPSR status but which may use a regional name. There are currently 46 Vino de la Tierra regions in Spain.
  • Vino de Mesa (Table Wine) is bulk-grown, usually drawn from a wide variety of regions and hence has no vintage or area designation on the label, apart from “Produce of Spain”. Production of this low grade of Spanish wine is falling year on year.

In 2006 a new Vino de la Tierra “super-region” was created called Viñedos de España which is permitted to blend wines from 11 different Spanish regions. This has yet to be ratified by the EU, however, and has been legally challenged by the regional governments of La Rioja and Castile and León.
Although almost all wine regions are confined to specific centres of production, some of the top designations (Cava and Rioja in particular) are the product of more than one Autonomous Community. This is in contrast to Designations of Origin de Pago, where the location criteria are very strict indeed, often centering on specific plots of land and admitting only those wines produced in their immediate vicinity.


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