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Spain has the distinction of having more land devoted to vines than any other country. Yet it only produces a fraction of what Italy produces.

In 1970 Spain passed stringent wine laws and the quality has soared. Its most famous wine region is perhaps Penedes, known for its sparkling wine production. However the best quality wine originated in Rioja in northen Spain.

However recently other areas have begun to produce world-class wines. Priorato, below Barcelona , is known for its highly concentrated wines. Ribera del Duero has produced some of Spain’s best wines recently but new areas such as Toro, Navarra and Rueda are producing truly excellent wines.

Besides the sparkling wines of Penedes, great white wines are being produced in Galicia. And no discussion of Spain’s wine regions would be complete with reference to Sherry. Sherry is a fortified wine produced in the southern area of Jerez de la Frontera. It can be produced in dry, semi dry and very sweet versions.