Not many people are aware of the fact that Spain is the third-largest wine producer in all of Europe and the world, behind only France and Italy.
The reason why Spanish wine is not so well known is that most of the thirty five billion liters of wine produced in Spain each year from the close to three million acres of vineyards goes for local consumption, with the average Spaniard drinking close to forty liters of wine every year.
Most of the country wines come from the Rioja and Ribera Del Duero regions, situated to the south of the Cantabrian Mountains along the Ebro river, which has the most ideal climate for growing grapes. Other regions where first class Spanish wines are produced are the Valdepeñas region, with one of Spain’s most famous guests Ernest Hemingway, was a great lover of of, and the Andalusian region of Cádiz where Spanish sherries are produced and exported over the World. Most of Spain’s white wines are produced in the northwest of the country, in the Galicia region.
Whatever the variety or color of the wine, one thing that is for sure is that a very large proportion of it will be making its way to the restaurants, pavement cafes, wine bars and stores in the city of Madrid, just us new arrivals make their way to the offices of ShMadrid. The reason why is that they have already discovered that the professional and friendly staff are the best people to turn to to choose from the widest selections of apartment options in Madrid that , like a fine wine, will suit their tastes and budget.
Once settled into their new home, newcomers to Madrid can join in with the locals for an evening tasting of Spain’s finest wines served in Madrid’s traditional wine taverns, some of which date back more than three or four hundred years, where they can taste a selection of some of the finest wines produced in Spain, and begin to understand why Madridlenos love to drink their locally produced wines and why they are so anxious to keep them a secret.
Better still you can take part in one of the many organized tours leaving from Madrid almost daily to the various wine cultivation regions of the country, visit a number of local wineries learn a little about how good wine is produced and taste it almost straight from the vines.