Grounded Grapegrowing

 

Spanish Red Winegrape Varieties

October 2010
 
by Glenn McGourty
 
Climatically, Spain is quite similar to California. Even the landscape looks alike. During the summer, cork oaks with dark green foliage dot the landscape, and the grasses become dry. A combination of very drought-tolerant, low-growing shrubs and trees known as maquis cover many of the steep hillsides. Sun-loving tourists fill coastal towns, where the streets are planted to palms, silk oaks and eucalyptus. Brightly flowering bougainvillea and scarlet trumpet vines cover many walls. The interior portions of Spain are comparatively hot and dry. While irrigation is allowed in some regions, dry-land farming is normal in others. Vines must be very tough to grow under those conditions.
 

 
The full content of this article is available for subscribers to the print edition of Wines & Vines magazine. Subscribe now and get instant, online access to the full content of Wines & Vines magazine!
 
Currently subscribed users please log in at the top of this page.
 
SEE OTHER EDITIONS OF THIS COLUMN  CURRENT COLUMN ARTICLES »