Spain has a rich history of wine production, dating back to 3000 BC. With the development of the port city Cadiz around 1100 BC, Spanish wines and indigenous grape vines were exported and recognized as a key economic commodity. Under Roman rule, Spanish wines were in greater abundance than Italian wines, with evidence that wine was provided to Roman soldiers as far away as Britain and Germany.
Today, Spain has a vigorous wine industry. The finest Spanish wines are found in the 69 Denominaciónes de Origen, which exhibit specific characteristics of climate and quality. Although Rioja is the most popular and traditional of Spanish wines, there are many unique and exciting wine varietals waiting to be explored.