Vinos de Madrid: Wine Tradition in Spain’s Capital

Madrid is not only the capital of Spain but also one of Europe’s great cultural centers. Tourists flock to Madrid to see its museums and plazas and to enjoy Spain’s famous tapas. Many visitors don’t realize that Madrid has a wine region all its own, the Vinos de Madrid Denomination of Origin (DO).

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The Vinos de Madrid DO
If you travel southeast or southwest of Spain’s capital, you’ll find yourself in the heart of Madrid’s wine country. Although Madrid’s wine history goes back to the 13th century, the Vinos de Madrid DO itself is quite young, dating only to 1990.

The Vinos de Madrid DO is best known for young wines, including whites, rosés and reds. Traditional sobremadre wines - red and white wines which are made with the destemmed, pressed grapes as well as their must - are also produced here, as are red and white sparkling wines.

When the DO was established in 1990, only five grape varieties were authorized. Today, five red varieties and seven white varieties are permitted. Malvar is the most widely-grown white variety, followed by airén and albillo. Moscatel de Grano Menudo is grown for use in dessert wines. Garnacha is the most popular red grape variety, with tempranillo (tinto fino) next in line.

For more than 25 years, The California Wine Club founders Bruce and Pam Boring have explored all corners of California’s wine country to find award-winning, handcrafted wine to share with the world. Each month, the club features a different small family winery and hand selects two of their best wines for members.