975 million hectares
When it comes to vineyard surface area, Spain trounces the rest of the world’s wine-producing nations, far exceeding France (785 million hectares) and Italy (690 million), according to the International Organization of Vine and Wine.
39 million hectolitres
As for total volume of wine produced, Spain ranks third in the world behind Italy (about 50 million hectolitres) and France (about 47 million) due to its more arid climate and less prolific vineyards.
#1 in global wine exports
With some 22 million hectolitres sold around the world in 2017 (that’s the equivalent of nearly 2.9 billion bottles), Spain is far and away the premier wine exporting country on Earth. Italy is a close second with 21.3 hectolitres. France exports 14.5 million, but the value of its wines more than triples Spain’s (8.8 billion euros for France compared to Spain’s 2.7 billion).
20 litres per capita
Annual wine consumption in Spain falls far below the European average, and even below the Quebec average, which is approximately 23 litres per person in a year. That explains the robust Spanish presence on export markets.
The percentage of wineries dedicated to the Airén varietal, Spain’s most popular white grape, fodder for brandies and everyday wines. Tempranillo, which covers 20.9% of Spain’s wine-producing surface area, is a close second, boasting a much more quality-oriented production. For reds, there’s Bobal, Black Grenache and Monastrell (Mourvèdre). As for whites, the Macabeo and Palomino (used to make sherry) are two examples of predominant local varietals.
The number of protected designations of origin in Spain. Only two of them have earned Denominación de Origen Calificada status: the world-famous Rioja and Priorat. Among other important designation of origin wines you’ll find Ribera del Duero, Cava, Jumilla, Rias Baixas, Sherry, Rueda and Penedès. There are also 17 estates that bear the Vino de Pago name, a status conferred upon high-quality wineries that are often located in less prestigious locales.