Spanish Garnacha and Tempranillo on the upswing

Grapes were planted in Spain as far back as 1100 BC, introduced by the Phoenicians. Wine was being produced as early as 800 BC and was later traded in amphorae to the Middle East, Africa, Mediterranean islands, and other parts of the world. With more land under viticulture than France and Italy combined, wine is an important component of Spanish culture and heritage. Production fell during the reign of the Moors in Spain, but revived soon after. Since then the wines of Spain have come into their own, producing a wide variety of styles. Today, you can find soft, fruity, crowd-pleasing wines for less than a few bucks as well as rich, bold, high-end drops that can challenge the best in the world. 

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