Spain is the third largest wine producer in the world, with the geography and climate playing fundamental roles in defining the many styles of wine produced. From cool to sunny and from snow-capped mountains to a parched central plateau the Spanish landscape and climate are both very contrasting. Spanish grape varieties and regions are often confused, an example of this is “rioja” which is the origin or region of the wine. It is common with Spanish wines to refer to the origin as opposed to the grape name. Some of the wines that this old-world region is best known for include: Tempranillo, Airén, Monastrell (aka Mourvedre), Garnacha, Verdejo, Albariño and Cava.