The year 2020 was a special one, and the tasting team of the Penin Guide did not stop their work despite the epidemic.
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After six months of evaluating the wines to be released, the tasting team noted that the Spanish wine industry is promising in terms of viticulture. During the tasting, they also identified two important trends: on the one hand, there is a growing number of small wine projects that produce smaller volumes and focus on producing wines that are faithful to specific regions; on the other hand, many large, long-established wine groups and wineries continue to produce significant quantities of wine, thanks to their skill and professionalism.
The new edition of the Penin Guide 2021 Yearbook, which evaluates more than 10,500 wines, is the latest and most complete wine tasting manual in Spain and serves as a reference for the entire wine industry. This year, red wines continue to be the ones occupying a large number of pages, 53% of which are richly flavored reds, followed by white wines (28%), sparkling wines (9%), pink wines (6%) and fortified wines (4%).
In the Penin Guide 2021 Yearbook, 42% of the wines were rated as excellent because they received scores between 90 and 94 points. And this year there were 269 wines on the top podium (scoring 95 points and above), an increase of 15 wines over last year. Six of the wines on the top podium scored 99 points (click on the text link below for more information). .
In the ranking of appellations, the D.O. Jerez-Xrs-Sherry Manzanilla de Sanlcar de Barrameda continues to be the most valuable appellation of the year with an average wine score of 92.57 points, followed by the D.O.C. Priorat (90.99 points), the D.O. Montilla-Moriles (90.99 points), and the D.O. Montilla-Moriles (90.99 points). D.O.C. Priorat (90.99 points), D.O. Montilla-Moriles (90.73 points), D.O. Ribeira Sacra (90.55 points), D.O. Valdeorras (90.38 points), D.O. Sanlcar de Barrameda and D.O. Sanlcar de Barrameda. Valdeorras, 90.38 points), Lower Bay AOC (D.O. Ras Baixas, 90.25 points), Ribera del Duero AOC (D.O. Ribera del Duero, 90.13 points), Bierzo AOC (D.O. Bierzo, 90.06 points), Montsant AOC (D.O. Montsant, 90.05 points) and Ribeiro AOC (D.O. Ribeiro, 90.02 points).
The complete electronic version of the Penin Guide 2021 Yearbook is now online and you can now subscribe to it from the official website for more detailed information (wineries, appellations, grape varieties, tasting notes, ratings, etc.). In addition to the online electronic version, as usual, the paper version will be officially launched at the end of October at the Salon de la Vinidad de España event organized by Penin.