There’s a few reasons that I call this the “Unpretentious Guide of Spanish Wines” :
1. I don’t believe in spending big bucks on a bottle of wine.
In fact the most expensive wine you’ll see on this list will probably be around the 20 Euro mark. We drink wine every day and most days we stick to a 3 to 5 Euro bottle. Every couple of weeks we cook a special dinner and, along with that, will get a couple of more expensive bottles to try out. We don’t have millions to spend on wine so I’m not going to be the guy telling you that you have to pay at least 50 Euros to get a decent bottle of wine.
2. You’re not going to get one of these kinds of reviews:
I’ve taken wine courses. I’ve also travelled to a lot of wine producing countries and tasted a lot of wine (3 months in South Africa is still my wine highlight). I’m not a wine expert but I know what I like and I’m just going to tell you in simple and unpretentious terms what I like or don’t like about a wine.
This “Unpretentious Guide of Spanish Wines” is a compilation and review of the wines we’ve tried. The reason for it was simple – I wanted to document our wine tasting of Spanish wines. I hope this guide helps readers when they go to the store to get a bottle, whether it be an everyday kind of wine or a wine for a special meal. Remember – Spain has great wine in all price brackets. I’m always amazed at the wine you can buy (for very little) in Spain.
The Guide will continuously be updated as we add new wines to the list. Please feel free to give your thoughts or to recommend wines you like. We’re always looking for new wines and new experiences.
How I’ve organized this:
- You’ll find a summary of a few of our favorites in different categories (ex. red for a Special occasion, everyday red, everyday white, specialty wines etc).
- A list of all the wines we’ve tasted, along with the price and our score. If you’re interested in knowing more about the wine I’ve included a link to a separate page where I’ve gone into more detail.
Remember that wine is very subjective, what I might like you might not!
Summarizing some of our favorite wines
Red for a Special occasion: Marqués de Riscal (Reserva)
Mid-range white: Marques de Caceres
Something different: Vinos del Vero (Reisling)
Review Guide summary (click on the wine for more detail)
Reds in the 10-20 Euro range
Marqués de Riscal (Reserva). 15.90 Euros, 9.5/10
Tres Generaciones, El Lero . 11.90 Euros, 8.5/10
Flor Y Nata. 11.95 Euros, 8/10
Sierra Cantabria . 11.50 Euros, 6/10
Reds in the 5-10 Euro range
Melior. 7.65 Euros, 8.5/10
Luis Cañas . 9.95 Euros, 6.5/10
Reds in the 0-5 Euro range
Note: this category is a traffic jam. We’re always trying to find the perfect cheap wine (we’re everyday drinkers) and there are a lot of very decent wines in this price category. But if there’s one thing we’ve learned it’s that you rarely drink crap wine in Spain – and sometimes you get a pretty damn good bottle for very little.
Món Perdut 3.80 Euros, 7.6/10
Proximus. 4.50 Euros, 7.6/10
Sangre de Toro. 4.20 Euros, 7.3/10
Abadía Mantrús. 3.15 Euros, 7.2/10
Arteso. 4.50 Euros, 7.2/10
Mayor de Castilla 4.45 Euros 7.2/10
Estola 4.75 Euros, 7.2/10
Castillo San Asensio 3.30 Euros 7.1/10
Los Molinos. 2.00 Euro, 7/10
Borsao. 2.30 Euros, 7/10
Viña Albali (Reserva). 3.15 Euros, 7/10
Caperucita Tinta. 1.95 Euros, 6/10
Pata Negra 2.35 Euros 4/10
Campo Viejo 4.55 Euros 1/10
Whites in the 10-20 Euro range
Cloe. Chardonnay 13.90 Euros, 7/10
Whites in the 0-5 Euro range
Marques de Caceres 4.95 Euros, 8/10
Campo Viejo Fresco 4.25 Euros, 7.5/10
Comportillo 2.50 Euros, 6/10
El Coto 3.55 Euros, 5/10
Specialty Wines (including Rosés)
Vinos del Vero (Reisling) 10.50 Euros, 8/10
Bach Extrisimo (semi-sweet) 4.25 Euros, 7 /10
Muga Rioja (Rosé) 7.95 Euros, 6.5/10