Passion for Spanish wine


Spanish wine
By subject


Dominio del Águila Albillo: introducing a great Spanish white

Amaya Cervera | April 13th, 2024

White wines are a small niche in Ribera del Duero, but the quality achieved by Dominio del Águila in this category is impressive. We experienced this to the full at a recent vertical tasting organised by Vinoteca La Mercería near Madrid.

Tastings 2024-04-13 11:04:18


Turó d’en Mota: ageing gracefully since 1999

Amaya Cervera | November 21st, 2023

Recaredo has celebrated the 25th anniversary of Turó d'en Mota, its single vineyard long-aged sparkling wine, with a vertical tasting of all its vintages and the launch of 1999 Enoteca, whose first vintage was released in 2008.

Tastings 2023-11-21 10:11:11


La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 2015, declared a special vintage

Amaya Cervera | April 18th, 2023

The Selección Especial recognition had previously been given to other iconic brands from this century-old winery, such as Viña Ardanza 2010 and 2001, and Gran Reserva 890 2005 and 2001. This is the first time ever for the silky 904.

Tastings 2023-04-18 05:04:06


BWW 2023: Three days to showcase the diversity of Spanish wine

Amaya Cervera | February 14th, 2023

The growing number of visitors and exhibitors and the extensive programme of tastings and presentations strengthens BWW as the leading fair for Spanish wine. And its inclusive format lures wineries of all sizes and styles.

Tastings 2023-02-14 05:02:33


Emilio Rojo 2004-2019: a once-in-a-lifetime tasting

Amaya Cervera | October 17th, 2022

The white wine that has been the benchmark in terms of quality and price over the last two decades in Ribeiro can age gracefully. We had the chance to experience this at a unique vertical tasting arranged by the estate’s new ownership.

Tastings 2022-10-17 12:10:42


DWWA: Inside the world’s largest wine competition

Amaya Cervera | May 17th, 2022

Judging at the DWWA (Decanter World Wine Awards) has allowed us to find out more about the ins and outs of this competition, which assessed almost 18,500 wines — 2,400 from Spain— in its most recent edition.

Tastings 2022-05-17 04:05:31


BWW 2022 confirms the vitality of the Spanish wine scene

Amaya Cervera | April 12th, 2022

Spain's most important wine fair brought together more than 650 exhibitors at Barcelona's Fira as well as a busy line-up of off-site activities, including Gramona's centenary celebration amid the vineyards.

Tastings 2022-04-12 04:04:29


A tasting of the historic and largely forgotten wines of Malaga

Amaya Cervera | September 22nd, 2021

Earlier this month, we had the chance to attend a tasting of historic and old Málaga wines. It was a timely occasion to delve into the rich heritage of a region which reached its peak in the 18th century.

Tastings 2021-09-22 08:09:06


An inspiring tasting of some rare, extremely old Sherry

Amaya Cervera | December 22nd, 2020

You rarely get the chance to taste some of the oldest wines in the Sherry Triangle in just three weeks. Everything from old González Byass vintages through the Osborne Rare and VORS wines to the Barbadillo Reliquias.

Tastings 2020-12-22 01:12:27


A wine lover’s guide to pet-nats made in Spain

Amaya Cervera | July 22nd, 2019

The natural wine movement has brought prominence to this sparkler. Spanish producers who favour this approach to winemaking have welcomed its somewhat wild, straight-forward style, fun labels and crown cap closures.

Tastings 2019-07-22 04:07:04


Recent tastings: Bubbly and Rioja

Amaya Cervera | May 14th, 2019

Rioja was recently in the spotlight with the tasting of Bodegas Familiares and the launch of La Rioja Alta’s third Gran Reserva. Meanwhile, importer Cuvée 3000 invited Spanish sparkling producers to mark the 200th anniversary of Billecart-Salmon.

Tastings 2019-05-14 10:05:13


The day Sherry soils recovered their voice

Yolanda Ortiz de Arri | June 19th, 2018

The tasting that Ramiro Ibáñez and Willy Pérez presented on the past edition of Vinoble will be remembered for its emotion and the desire of these two young producers to share their vast knowledge about the vineyards and soils of Jerez.

Tastings 2018-06-19 04:06:43


Getting a taste for old Paternina vintages at Conde de los Andes in Rioja

Amaya Cervera | May 23rd, 2017

What do past vintages taste like? A few weeks ago we had the chance to try Rioja vintages from the 1940s, 1960s, 1970s and 1980s in Paternina's cellars, now owned by Muriel Group. This is our impression of such impeccably preserved bottles.

Tastings 2017-05-23 08:05:27


The essential guide to Spain’s sweet wines

Amaya Cervera | December 22nd, 2015

At SWL we believe Christmas is the perfect time to celebrate with dessert wines. Spain’s sweet universe offers an astonishingly wide range of styles, concentration levels and even wine colours.

Tastings 2015-12-22 08:12:53


Old and new Rioja around Haro’s railway station

Amaya Cervera | September 23rd, 2015

This is our report of the various fabulous tastings that allowed us to assess, side by side, a great deal of wines made by the seven wineries in Haro’s Barrio de la Estación. We found tradition, modernity and a few surprises too.

Tastings 2015-09-23 11:09:46


La Rioja Alta: The greatness of Gran Reserva through the decades

Amaya Cervera | September 15th, 2015

Last week, Rioja producer La Rioja Alta held a landmark tasting to celebrate its 125th anniversary. Wines ranged from the legendary 1964 to 2001, which is regarded as the best vintage in modern times.

Tastings 2015-09-15 06:09:38


Tio Pepe comes of age and proves its longevity

Cruz Liljegren | August 31st, 2015

Very old sherries are very hard to find, hence the tasting led by Antonio Flores at Taberna Der Guerrita in Sanlúcar de Barrameda this summer with selections from the 1940s was exceptional.

Tastings 2015-08-31 06:08:55


Tasting natural, biodynamic and extreme Spanish wines

Amaya Cervera | May 25th, 2015

In a short period of time we have visited various tastings focused on biodynamic, natural and supposedly extreme wines. Here are our picks from what I call the “flip side” of the Spanish wine scene.

Tastings 2015-05-25 01:05:51


Southern treasures (II): Pedro Ximénez

Amaya Cervera | March 9th, 2015

The second article of a two-part series about distinctive wines from Andalucía focuses on Montilla-Moriles PX, Spain’s most celebrated sweet wine made with dried grapes.

Tastings 2015-03-09 10:03:03


Southern treasures (I): Manzanilla

Amaya Cervera | February 17th, 2015

We start a two-part feature focused on two fascinating wines from Andalucía in southern Spain: briny Manzanilla from Sanlúcar and the lovely cloying PX from Montilla-Moriles.

Tastings 2015-02-17 07:02:23


Ten good value wines under €6

Amaya Cervera | January 26th, 2015

We have tasted some of the best selling wines in a well-known wine store in Madrid in search of great value wines to give your pockets an easier ride.

Tastings 2015-01-26 12:01:47