Wikispanishfood Editorial Team
Spain and Portugal, the Largest Vineyard in the World is an extraordinary summary of the wine geography and history of the Iberian Peninsula and its islands, and it’s part of the Encarta collection from the publishing house Diaita. Encarta reinvents the way we understand the world of wine. Literature, history, illustration and cartography come together to tell the story of the landscapes and people in the main winemaking countries and regions.
The book covers all of them and offers an overview of wine on the Iberian Peninsula and its islands. It's an exciting journey because, following decades of silent revolution, incredible wines have been made in every corner of the area. Spanish cavas and Portuguese sparkling wines, white wines and rosés, reservas and gran reservas, still white wines, sweet and dry wines, young wines and those fermented and aged in casks and even vin gris, ice wines and wines aged underwater, refreshing rosés, some of them made using carbonic maceration and others with a touch of wood, together with all kinds of red wines, almost all of them the best in class and wines for aging. The final flourish comes from the Fino, Manzanilla, Amontillado, Palo Cortado and Oloroso sherries which, together with Moscatels, Pedro Ximénez, Creams, Fondillóns and Microcosmos from Porto and Madeira, sum up the entire wine spectrum in the region.
With the Carnation Revolution and the Spanish Transition, another revolution began: the start of quality winemaking in Spain and Portugal. It took more than 40 years of catharsis, during which time the Portuguese and Spanish made great strides, advancing towards the production of unique and top-quality wines. The journey was at times long and difficult as each country rediscovered its diversity and culture. An ecological, technological and tourist revolution that was ongoing and enabled them to conquer, and reconquer, new and old lands and wine styles.
If, at the end of the century, the bulk of this winemaking transformation occurred, at the start of the following century, the region made a commitment to wine tourism and now, at long last, it is profitable and renowned. A golden age? "Perhaps not yet. Of course, it was a new era, when freedom is no longer a privilege but, rather, a duty and a habit."
Spain and Portugal, the Largest Vineyard in the World, from Diaita, is an essential rara avis for experts as well as novices. It's the first book launched by this new company and the perfect text for readers who want to learn more about the past, present and future of winemaking on the Iberian Peninsula and its islands. It's the shortest version possible, though with depth and nuances, in a visual format that is both innovative and traditional.
The book fulfills two of the author's main goals: It pays homage to those who find harmony in nature and, based on that, know how to make outstanding wines; and it covers and summarizes winemaking in Spain and Portugal. The Iberian Peninsula and its islands shine, and this book highlights the history and geography of their wines. It offers a brief overview of each era, the milestones achieved, and the current situation and outlook. It also includes a large map featuring all of the Designations of Origin in the region and the very best wineries. In short, it's an essential product that includes information about grape varieties, quality wine production and wine tourism.
It's a unique book that captivates and surprises and encourages readers to dream, travel, and keep learning. It allows them to enjoy wine from every perspective by showing the most outstanding wine projects. Literature, history, illustration and cartography convey the grandeur of the largest vineyard in the world, one of the most important parts of Spain and Portugal's heritage.
It doesn't address mythology but, rather, draws on historical, geographical and wine sources that establish the true story that traces the development of wine on the Iberian Peninsula and its islands, from 661 BC to today. At the same time, it's an exquisite and exhaustive guide that covers the most important aspects of wine. With beautifully illustrated maps, readers can learn more about grape varieties, Designations of Origin, and the best Atlantic and Mediterranean wineries. It's a book that appeals to all of our senses and encourages us to think about the culture of wine and wine as culture.