Spain is a fascinating wine region on several levels.  According to EEC statistics, Spain has more land planted with grapes than an other nation in the world.  It does not, however, produce the most wine; ranking third after Italy and France.

There are more than six hundred native varieties in Spain, twenty of which account for 80% of production.  The five most important regions are Rioja, Ribera del Duero, Jerez (which produces Sherry), Priorato, and Rias Baixas.