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Spain

Spain – Variety and perfection

“Somewhere in la Mancha, in a place whose name I do not care to remember...,” begins Don Quixote's odyssey.

The most famous part is definitely when Don Quixote thinks windmills are his enemy and wants to fight them – until they nearly kill him. It’s possible there was a bit too much of the La Mancha wine at play. Spanish vines fight for their survival in rugged landscapes, battling fierce drought and rough soils. But they fight well.

Sparkling wines from Spain

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Cava brut de brut
Vegan

Cava brut de brut

DO, Maria Casanovas, 750 ml
CHF 18.50
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Cava brut Nature Gran Reserva
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White wines from Spain

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Parker 92 Points
Santa Cruz de Artazu blanco
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Viura/Chardonnay

DO Navarra, Vega Sindoa, 2016, 750 ml
CHF 11.50
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Albariño Gundián
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Albariño Gundián
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Rosé wines from Spain

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Ah-So Rosé

DO Navarra, Artazu, 250 ml
CHF 4.90
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Artazuri rosado
Certified organic or biodynamic wine

Artazuri rosado

DO Navarra, Artazu, 2019, 750 ml
CHF 17.50
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Ribas rosado
Certified organic or biodynamic wine

Ribas rosado

VdT, Ribas, 2019, 750 ml
CHF 24.–

Red wines from Spain

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Wine Spectator 91 Points
Elias Mora Crianza
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Wine Spectator 92 Points
Figuero 15 Reserva
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Five Miles

DO Yecla, Atlan & Artisan, 2015, 750 ml
CHF 39.80
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Gran Elias Mora

DO Toro, Bodega Elias Mora, 2013, 750 ml
CHF 53.–

Sweet wines from Spain

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Olivares Dulce
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Olivares Dulce

DO Jumilla, Olivares, 2017, 500 ml
CHF 34.–
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Parker 91 Points
Olivares Dulce
Only 5 Bottles
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Olivares Dulce

DO Jumilla, Olivares, 2011, 500 ml
CHF 32.50

South wines from Spain

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Wine Spectator 90 Points
Sherry Fino

Sherry Fino

DO Jerez, Gutiérrez Colosía, 750 ml
CHF 23.–
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Wine Spectator 90 Points
Sherry Cream

Sherry Cream

DO Jerez, Gutiérrez Colosía, 750 ml
CHF 25.50
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Wine Spectator 90 Points
Sherry Amontillado

Sherry Amontillado

DO Jerez, Gutiérrez Colosía, 750 ml
CHF 34.–
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Wine Spectator 90 Points
Sherry Oloroso

Sherry Oloroso

DO Jerez, Gutiérrez Colosía, 750 ml
CHF 34.–

Spirits from Spain

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Brandy Constitución Res.Especial Oro
Only 4 Bottles
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Brandy Constitución Res.Especial Plata
Only 15 Bottles
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It all began 1,000 years before Christ. Phoenicians brought precious vines with them from their homeland, cultivating them along the Mediterranean coast. The Romans brought the first advanced wine techniques and expanded viticulture throughout the entire Iberian Peninsula. Less wine flowed in the 5th century, as the Romans were expelled by the Visigoths, who had little sense of culinary delicacy. In the 8th century, the Moors arrived and nearly made the entire country their subjects – and their religion forbade indulging in alcohol. In the 15th century, the Spanish reconquered the last remaining patches of the country. The Cistercian monks immediately planted the first vines, and peasants diligently followed their example.

Wine cultivation very quickly developed into the country’s most important economic driver. Spanish wine was drunk outside its borders as early as the 16th century. And naturally the Spanish conquistadors in South America did not want to give up their beloved drink.

One man’s pain, another's pleasure

The history of wine exporting begins in Bilbao. At the end of the 18th century, a ship with some 1,500 bottles set out towards India. In the second half of the 19th century, modern viticulture began, before peaking at the end of the 19th century, when the phylloxera epidemic destroyed vines nearly everywhere in Europe. As a result of the epidemic in neighboring countries, Spanish wines achieved international significance for the first time.

The vast majority of European grape varieties are highly susceptible to the phylloxera louse, whereas American varieties are immune. For this reason, the art of "grafting" was developed. In the process, a European vine is placed onto the roots of an American vine, and an airtight seal is made at the join with grafting wax. Despite its American base, the European vine develops entirely according to its own natural characteristics.

So while Spain was not spared invasion, the Rioja region was an exception, as its vines were already grafted and were therefore largely resistant to phylloxera.

A unique environment

In the north, east, and south, mountain chains protect the inland from hot Atlantic currents. The elevation of the country’s interior – seldom less than 600 meters – intensifies a rough climate that produces wines full of character. The climatic conditions in the Rioja and Navarre regions are particularly unique, as Continental, Mediterranean, and Atlantic influences overlap. And the wine selection is as varied as the climate and soil.

Unquestionably, the most famous wine regions are La Rioja, Ribera del Duero, and Priorat. But Spanish vintners do not rest on their laurels – and vines, as it were – and are constantly searching for new terroirs and forgotten grape varieties.

Spanish wines are successful around the world. Over the last 25 years, Spanish wine exports have increased fivefold. The wine industry has great economic importance, providing 1 percent of Spain’s gross domestic product.

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