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Five Spanish Wines To Try Before You Die

Much like France, Spain has a long, proud history of winemaking and is responsible for some fantastic wines. Here, we've picked out her top five Spanish wines to try before you die.  

Many Spanish wineries have been in the same family for generations, and decades of knowledge and skill go into each bottle. From refreshing Spanish white wines such as a crisp Albariño to the bold reds of Spain’s famous Rioja region and sparkling Cavas, Spain is truly a treasure trove of quality wine styles. Get set to explore... 

Canals Nadal Cava Brut Nature Reserva

Catalonia, Spain
WAS €24.95 NOW €19.95 (Part of our Spanish wine sale.)

No Spanish wine list would be complete without Cava. This one is fantastic value for money and is made in the same way as Champagne, with second fermentation in the bottle. “This is from a small family winery, a blend of Xarello Parellada and Macabeo,” says Lynne Coyle. “It’s dry and crisp, with a slightly toasty brioche character. It really does deliver.”

The O'Briens team visited Marqués de Murrieta in Rioja. We enjoyed warm hospitality and an unforgettable food and wine pairing experience.

Marqués de Murrieta Rioja Reserva

Rioja, Spain
WAS €27.95 NOW €23.96 (Part of our Spanish wine sale.)

As O'Briens Wine Director, Lynne Coyle Master of Wine notes, Rioja is the most famous of Spanish wines and this beauty is a blend of Tempranillo, Graciano and Grenache. “This is a reserve style Rioja which means, in this case, it’s had two years in American oak and a further 18 months in bottle.” 


El Holgazán Ribera del Duero

Ribera Del Duero Do
WAS €22.95 NOW €16.95 (Part of our Spanish wine sale.)

A recent arrival at O’Briens, this lovely red comes from Spain's Ribera del Duero. It’s made by Bodgeas Marta Maté, a sustainably-focused projected started by three friends. The winery has a low intervention winemaking philosophy, resulting in wines such as this fresh and exciting Tempranillo.


Geal Albariño

Rías Baixas, Spain
WAS €24.95 NOW €19.96 (Part of our Spanish wine sale.)

If you love a refreshing dry white wine, Spain is home to some fabulous options, including this beauty. It’s made by O’Briens’ Lynne Coyle and the Lagar de Costa winery in Rías Baixas, where 50-year-old single vineyard Albariño vines grow on the edge of the Atlantic. A fabulous white to enjoy with seafood.


Gargalo Godello

Galicia, Spain 
WAS €20.95 NOW €16.76 (Part of our Spanish wine sale.)

Love a wine with style? Not only is this white made with the on-trend Galician grape variety, Godello, it also hails from a boutique winery which is the personal project of designer Roberto Verino! Expect notes of mandarin, peaches and lemon in this delightful Spanish white. 


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