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Exciting Announcement – The DeLong Iberian Wine Map – with help from Catavino

Iberian Wine Map

Since day one, I’ve wanted a map of the wine regions of Spain and Portugal. Seems like a simple request, and if I couldn’t have one of Iberia, at least you would think that there would be one of Spain and another of Portugal. You would think. You would also be wrong, sort of. Announcement

Interestingly, there are no good maps of the peninsula we call Iberia, or at least as it relates to wine. Wines of Spain, the bureaucratic agency in charge of promoting Spanish wine, does have an outdated map, but you can’t get a copy of it. I had a prominent tour guide friend of mine once ask to buy a few copies to give to her clients, all of which were on wine tours, and she was told it was not possible. Hence, I’m not sure why they made it. We had to steal a few copies from a regional government’s office, and while we use them occasionally, in truth, they are worthless.

That said, Portugal is no better, and I have yet to find a map that accurately sums up the many nuances in a very confusing set of regional wine laws. And considering that there is little consensus among differing governmental maps, it is clear that one concise and accurate map was desperately in need to be created.

Enter the DeLong wine company, creator of such treasures as the Wine Varietal Table. Having encountered way too many inaccurate regional wine maps around the world, Steve decided to fix the problem by making his own map. Smart guy! The best part for us is that he asked us to help him out. Now, we can’t claim much in the way of contributions to this map, but we did make sure he included some important landmarks and we worked with him to make some editorial decisions on how to handle certain place names and regional identities. I asked him a few questions about how this map came about:

Why did you choose to start with Iberia?

We started with Iberia for three main reasons: 1. It’s the most dynamic (and constantly changing!) area in the wine world – but you already knew that! 2. There wasn’t a good map available (for France there are a few) 3. It’s a great looking land mass.

Which regions are next on your list?

We’re working on France and Germany right now, which will be available early next year. Then on to Italy, and finally, the New World!

What makes this map different from other wine region maps?

The one very simple thing that distinguishes these wine maps from others is that the wine regions don’t stop at the border. In reality, the wine regions reflect the regional differences that underlie the country borders. Catalunya and the Basque Country, which both overlap France and Spain, are just two examples.

Hence, this is just the start of a much bigger plan to cover the planet with quality wine resources – something that is SORELY needed! We hope that this first map is a resource that we can not only learn from, but can also use when reading about Catavino’s adventures throughout Spain and Portugal.

And best of all, if you click here and buy the Iberian wine map through the Catavino website, a small portion of the sale will come back to us – something we would appreciate! Also, if you are in Spain and want to see this in Spanish, please let us know. We are considering translating it into Spanish and Portuguese if we find enough interest. Also, if you have a wine shop and would like either English or Spanish versions of this map, just send us a note at map(at)Catavino(dot)net, and we’ll tell you about additional opportunities to buy larger quantities.

We’re very excited about this and feel VERY privileged to have Iberia be the first map of the series, a testament to the importance of this rich and exciting wine region. We hope that if Iberian Wine interests you at all, you’ll pick one up and let us know what you think.

Cheers,

Ryan Opaz

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  • RichardA

    The wine map looks very cool, especially as it includes both Portugal and Spain, and I may soon buy one. Ryan: What, if any, criticisms, do you have with the map? What is not on the map that should be?

  • trevor

    The Wines from Spain map, updated July 2008, is available online in PDF. <a href="http://www.winesfromspain.com/icex/cda/controller…” target=”_blank”><a href="http://www.winesfromspain.com/icex/cda/c…It ” target=”_blank”>http://www.winesfromspain.com/icex/cda/controller…It doesn't contain the same level of geographic detail, but it is free.

  • trevor

    The Wines from Spain map, updated July 2008, is available online in PDF. <a href="http://www.winesfromspain.com/icex/cda/controller…” target=”_blank”><a href="http://www.winesfromspain.com/icex/cda/c…It ” target=”_blank”>http://www.winesfromspain.com/icex/cda/controller…It doesn't contain the same level of geographic detail, but it is free.

  • trevor

    The Wines from Spain map, updated July 2008, is available online in PDF. <a href="http://www.winesfromspain.com/icex/cda/controller…” target=”_blank”><a href="http://www.winesfromspain.com/icex/cda/c…It ” target=”_blank”>http://www.winesfromspain.com/icex/cda/controller…It doesn't contain the same level of geographic detail, but it is free.

  • trevor

    The Wines from Spain map, updated July 2008, is available online in PDF. <a href="http://www.winesfromspain.com/icex/cda/controller…” target=”_blank”><a href="http://www.winesfromspain.com/icex/cda/c…It ” target=”_blank”>http://www.winesfromspain.com/icex/cda/controller…It doesn't contain the same level of geographic detail, but it is free.

  • Gabriella Opaz

    Richard, having spent a considerable amount of time pouring over the map to make sure every detail was edited correctly, to the best of our ability, I would be hard pressed to find something that doesn't appeal me. It is easy to read, shows all the major roads and highways that travel through wine country, contains an easy to read legend. and generally, is a very useful and attractive tool. If I had one complaint, it would be that no one has made a laminated folded map that I can take with me in the car. Having this on my wall is lovely, but to have it while driving through regions would be a great learning tool to know where boundaries end, where subregions are located and just a good sense of how the land affects our understanding of each region.

  • RichardA

    Thanks Gabriella!

  • ryan

    I think it's pretty stacked with info. If anything I would want a seperate legend/guide book to go with it. As a wall map though I would say it has all that I want to see.

  • Dylan

    Gabriella and Ryan, you should definitely consider labeling areas of the map for new posts about some of the visits you do. I think that would be a really fun addition to each post; to actually see on a map the areas you've been talking. Also–the map is a given in the post, great job, but no one has mentioned it so I feel obliged; that wine varietal table blows my mind. It's like a periodic table of wine grapes, I just think it's fantastic and i've never really seen anything like it before.

  • Milton Fontes

    I would be interested in a Portuguese version. Did you found enough interest to do it? An English version it’s ok but it would make more sense to me to hang a Portuguese version on my wall.  How can I buy a map from Catavino?

  • ryan

    Hope I can find some more people to make it worth while. If I could find a shop in Portugal or group of shops it would make it possible for sure.

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  • sandy

    Ryan/Gabriella, can we buy the map in Europe? De Long charges $29.99 to ship internationally, and Malta is not even on the list of countries they ship to!

  • ryan

    We're working on getting some into Spain that we can then distribute. Hang in there, we'll make an announcement when we have more details

  • joan c martin

    Es un buen mapa, incluye el concepto de orografia (las sierras y cadenas montañosas), factor fundamental en la viticultura y de gran influencia en el estilo de vinos de cada area vinicola. Hasta ahora no se habia incluido esta realidad en los mapas de las do españolas. Puede ser que pensaban que la peninsula era una mesa de billar. Quiza porque la meseta es llana, pero el resto de la peninsula esat llena de estribaciones y cordillleras en las que se hacen grandes crus. Los montes de malaga, la serra prelitoral catalana, la montaña alicantina, benissalem al sur de la serra de tramuntana en mallorca, los valles del bierzo. Una buena y nueva idea para un buen mapa que recoge la creacion de las ultimas do en la peninsula iberica una ventena en 1982 mas de 60 en 2008-Joan C. MartinEnologo y escritorValenciajoan@joancmartin.com