The wine sector is of extraordinary relevance in Spain, not only from the economic or environmental point of view, but also from the social and cultural point of view. Red, white, sweet or fortified, wine is one of the favourite drinks to accompany the traditional tapas and a key socialising element. Broadly speaking, wines are divided into wines with Protected Designation of Origin, such as the popular Rioja or Ribera del Duero, wines with Protected Geographical Indication (or “vinos de la tierra” local wines), and table wines.
The food and beverage industry stands out as the country’s first industrial sector, being a decisive and solid sector in Spain’s economic and social development, and key in the consolidation of Spain’s image to the world.
Wines and drinks
Wine is one of the most popular drinks among Spaniards to accompany meals, tapas or aperitifs, as it is part of the Mediterranean Diet, so ingrained in the culinary customs of Spain.
The production of this drink is a motor for development in rural areas as it offers a large number of quality jobs not only in the wineries and the countryside, but also in the auxiliary industry, the hotel and catering industry and tourism. In this sense, it operates as a fundamental asset in the fight against depopulation and the already known as "the empty Spain".
The sector in Spain
Thanks to the work, effort, perseverance and desire to improve of the professionals of the vine, the Spanish market has become a world reference in quality and quantity of exported wine as well as in value.
The largest production is located mainly in Castile-La Mancha, but other regions such as Catalonia, Extremadura, Valencia, Castile and Leon, La Rioja and Andalusia are also involved.
There are 150 native grape varieties. Among the red ones, the most common in the vineyard plantations, we can highlight Tempranillo, Bobal, Garnacha tinta, Monastrell, Garnacha tintorera, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. In the white varieties, on the other hand, the Airén, Macabeo, Pardina-Jaén Blanco, Verdejo and Cayetana Blanca stand out.
Spain is the world's leading vineyard, with 950,000 hectares spread throughout the country. It represents 13% of the world total, according to the Spanish Wine Federation. Likewise, Spain is the third largest producer in the world, being a great engine for the country's economy, with international projection.
The strength of this sector lies in exports, with Spanish wine being the world's leading exporter in volume and third in value, which means it accounts for 25 percent of total wine production in Europe.
Likewise, wine tourism is a new market opportunity as it attracts over three million people every year who want to enjoy Spanish wineries and local culture through the Wine Routes, an undeniable attraction for quality tourism.
Wine is the perfect companion for meals, the time for tapas that is so popular in Spain and, in addition, within a moderate and responsible consumption, is beneficial to health. At IFEMA we are aware of the great value this drink has for the economy and culture of Spain and that is why we have a series of fairs that benefit the growth of this sector along with other drinks.
Among the fairs that you can find in our program are VENDIBÉRICA, International Exhibition of Vending and Automatic Catering; GOURMET, International Exhibition of Quality Food and Drinks; GUÍA PEÑÍN, Exhibition of the Best Wines of Spain; EAT2GO, Specialized and monographic event for the Food Delivery and Take Away Industry; and FRUIT ATTRACTION, International Exhibition of the Fruit and Vegetable Sector.