‘Vinos de Navarra’ is a Spanish Appellation of Origin (DO) for those wines produced over practically the whole southern half of the Autonomous Community of Navarre which is located in the North of Spain along the Western segment of the range that divides Spain and France (The Pyrenees Mountains).
The southern half of Navarre is much drier the longer you get distance with the mountains while approaching towards the basin of the Ebro river and getting lower altitude. Because of the variety of soils and climates, Navarre gets, from the cooler and Continental climate around the rocky and green range (North) to the warmer, drier and Mediterranean climate around the flatter sandy-soiled riverbanks (South); Navarre is offering a wide range of quality wines whilst before the eighties Navarre was focused on Rosés (Claretes) by blending red (usually Garnacha) and white berries (usually Viura –Macabeo–) before the pressing and fermentation process.
Please, follow this link to check the History of Navarre’s wines, where you will discover interesting facts about this wine region, one of the most important regions of Spain from the historical perspective.
The D.O. is divided into five subzones (from North to South):
- Tierra Estella
- Baja Montaña
- Ribera Alta
- Ribera Baja
Red most common varieties are Tempranillo, Garnacha (Grenache), Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Graciano and Mazuelo. The main white varieties are Viura, Chardonnay, Garnacha blanca, Malvasia, Sauvignon Blanc and Small Berry Muscat.