Spanish wine has never been so exciting, as a new generation of dynamic wine producers pushes the boundaries. Moving away from bulk production that blighted its reputation, Spain is now focusing on quality and regional style. Rioja is no longer the lone jewel in Spain’s crown, nor is the Tempranillo grape the only darling of Spanish winemakers, for today there is a dizzying array of wine regions, wine styles and grape varieties in the fray. Recent years have seen Ribera del Duero and Priorat become virtual cults, while wine regions like Toro, Bierzo and Jumilla make wines with character and class. Cava exports now rival Champagne’s, and Sherry(Jerez in Spanish) is rejuvenating its image. Exit Spain’s dull, oxidized white wines, enter zesty Verdejo (from Rueda), peachy Godello (Valdeorras) and refreshing Albariño (Rias Baixas)! With all this and more, Spain is set to thrill wine lovers for years to come.