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Spain forges ahead full throttle

Published:  23 July, 2008

There are those who will tell you that in wine terms Spain has gone up a gear since the turn of the century. I've been going to Spain on wine-related business since 1972 and my own opinion is that Spain has gone up several boxes-full of gears since the year 2000, and is still accelerating. There is so much movement, new investment and new thinking that the mind starts to spin. Soaring land prices and ever more costly planting rights don't seem to have had the slightest effect and there are ambitious new projects, even in the most expensive areas, such as Ribera del Duero and Rioja.

We have yet to see any real presence for wines from the Canary islands in the UK, in spite of the fact that the classic sweet wines (known in Shakespeare's time as Canary-Sack') are still being made from the Malvasa grape, and are still excellent.