Spain is the third largest producer of wine in the world, with more vineyards than any other country. Its capital, Madrid, is a wonderful place to explore wine from its many different regions. Whether your venue of choice is the oldest restaurant in the world or the rooftop lounge of a hip boutique hotel, your palate is sure to be pleased by the goodness in your glass. The main red grape in Spain is Tempranillo, and you will be amazed at all the choices you have coming from Rioja and Ribera del Duero. If you are a white wine drinker, look for Albariño from Rias Baixas and Verdejo from Rueda. Rosé wines from Navarra made with the Garnacha grape are a staple on wine lists everywhere, and if you are in the mood for bubbles, you can start and end your day with a glass of Cava.
Plan to be out late for dinner, in cities, Spaniards don’t even think of sitting down for a meal until 10 PM, so take advantage of the mid-day siesta and head back to your hotel for a nap. You’re especially going to need it if late-night churros are on your itinerary. Brush up on your Spanish before you go: Una copa de vino, por favor is the Spanish translation of, “A glass of wine, please.” White wine is vino blanco, and red wine is vino tinto.
There is a lot more to Madrid than just restaurants and tapas bars. As much as we all love our culinary and vinuous adventures, you will want to reserve at least a little bit of time to visit some of Madrid’s world-class museums and parks. And in case memories alone aren’t enough for you to bring home, we have included our favorite wine shop in all of Europe.
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