Spain & France
FRANCE produces all styles of wine, from the cool wines of the Loire Valley, the stylish whites of Alsace, through the classics of Bordeaux and Burgundy, to the more powerful, muscular offerings of the Rhone, to the warm wines of Languedoc and Roussillon, suffused with sun. And unique in their northern fastnesses are the great Champagnes. SPAIN the principal native red variety is Tempranillo, which accounts for 20% of the surface area in Spain dedicated to vineyards. Its name alludes to the grape’s Temprano, or early ripening.