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Spain has been marked by the struggle between what is native and what is foreign. Going back nearly 30,000 years, native cultures sprung up on the Iberian Peninsula (the peninsula southwest of France that is home to Portugal and Spain). Much of modern-day Spain was ruled by the Roman Empire for centuries, where viticulture was widely practiced. When Rome fell in the fifth century, Spain underwent a period of Germanic occupation and then was conquered by the Muslim Umayyad Caliphate. Even though the Caliphate abstained from alcohol consumption, they introduced many of the technologies that fuelled centuries of Spanish viticultural practices: distillation, irrigation techniques, vine training, soil analysis, etc. The period when the Catholic monarchy reconquered Spain was known as the ‘Reconquista.’
A major source of world-class wines, Spain ranks third in overall production behind France and Italy, but quality, value and diversity are maintained as significant aspects of its wine industry. The country has recently seen an influx of capital and expertise, an increase in the use of state-of-the-art equipment, and a new generation of talented, highly educated winemakers who have artfully succeeded in balancing innovation with tradition. They continue to give preference to indigenous grape varieties and clones, each producing vintages of unique, authentic character that are, at the same time, undeniably Spanish.
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