Ferran's rare red grapes


This complements my March article on Rare Spanish white wine grapes.

ICEX (Spain's export trade institute) catalogues 93 major local grape varieties and 75 minor local wine grapes varieties of all colours in Spain and I have used this data to research which of the most rare grapes are currently being used to produce a varietal wine.

I have selected single-varietal wines that can be found on the market, although most of them are made in very limited quantity. I have also been surprised by how few producers are using these minor grape varieties, and by the shortage of...