A Guide to Wine Tasting Vocabulary and Regions In Spanish

Discovering the Flavors of Spanish, Argentinean, Mexican, & Chilean Wines

Wine is an important part of many cultures, with different countries and regions producing unique and flavorful varieties. Whether you're a wine enthusiast or simply enjoy a glass of wine with your meal, knowing how to talk about wine, especially when traveling to Spanish-speaking countries with wine-producing regions such as Spain, Argentina, Mexico, and Chile.  Let yourself be fully immersed in the language and culture by learning useful vocabulary and phrases in Spanish.

Spain: Spain has a long and rich history of wine production, with many regions throughout the country producing high-quality wines. Some of the most popular Spanish wines include Rioja, Ribera del Duero, Priorat, and Rueda. Rioja wines, produced in the La Rioja region, are known for their full-bodied flavor and long aging process. Ribera del Duero wines, from the Ribera del Duero region, are known for their intense fruit flavors and aromas. Priorat wines, produced in the Priorat region, are highly sought after and are known for their bold and complex flavors. Rueda wines, from the Rueda region, are known for their refreshing and crisp white wines.

Argentina: Argentina is one of the largest wine producers in the world, with many wine regions located throughout the country. The most popular Argentine wines include Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Torrontés. In Argentina, the Mendoza region is known for producing some of the best Malbec wines in the world. Malbec is a full-bodied red wine known for its rich and intense flavor, with notes of blackberry, plum, and dark chocolate.  Cabernet Sauvignon, produced in the same region, is another popular variety. Torrontés, a white wine grape, is grown primarily in the Salta region and is known for its aromatic and fruity flavor.

Mexico: Mexico has a growing wine industry, with many regions producing high-quality wines. When it comes to wine in Mexico, Baja California is a region that is rapidly gaining recognition for its high-quality wines. The most well-known Mexican wine regions include Valle de Guadalupe, Baja California, and Coahuila which is located in Northern Mexico near the U.S. State of Texas.  Some of the most popular Mexican wines include Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Nebbiolo. Tempranillo, grown primarily in the Baja California region, is a versatile wine that can be paired with a variety of foods. Cabernet Sauvignon, grown in the Valle de Guadalupe region, is known for its rich and full-bodied flavor. Nebbiolo, grown in the Coahuila region, is a bold and complex red wine that is gaining popularity among wine enthusiasts.

Chile: Chile is another country that is gaining recognition for its wine production, with the Central Valley region being one of the most popular wine-producing areas. The country produces high-quality wines, with many regions throughout the country specializing in different varieties. Some of the most popular Chilean wines include Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenere, and Sauvignon Blanc. Cabernet Sauvignon, grown in the Maipo Valley region, is known for its deep and complex flavor. Carmenere, originally from Bordeaux, is now primarily grown in the Colchagua Valley region and is known for its spicy and fruity flavor. Sauvignon Blanc, grown primarily in the Casablanca Valley region, is a refreshing and crisp white wine.

These are just a few examples of the many wine regions in Spanish speaking countries. Each region has its own unique land and soil characteristics, grape varieties, and winemaking traditions that contribute to the distinct character of the wines produced there.

Now, let’s learn some vocabulary and phrases in Spanish that will assist you on your travels and help you feel more comfortable conversing in Spanish.










wine aged for at least 2 years


wine aged for at least 3 years

Gran Reserva

wine aged for at least 5 years




wine glass







Denominación de Origen

Designation of Origin










wine tasting






  1. ¿Tienen vinos de la región?
  1. Do you have wines from the region?
  1. Quisiera un vino tinto/ blanco/ rosado.
  1. I would like a red/ white/ rosé wine.
  1. ¿Cuál me recomienda?
  1. What do you recommend?
  1. Este vino tiene cuerpo y aromas a frutas rojas.
  1. This wine has body and aromas of red fruits.
  1. ¿Qué añada es este vino?
  1. What vintage year is this wine?
  1. Me gusta el vino con acidez equilibrada.
  1. I like wine with balanced acidity.
  1. ¿Podría ver la botella?
  1. Can I see the bottle?
  1. ¿Puedo probar un poco?
  1. Can I try a little bit?
  1. Este vino tiene Denominación de Origen.
  1. This wine has a designation of origin.
  1. ¿Tienen algún vino de crianza o reserva?
  1. Do you have any aged wine or reserva?

In conclusion, talking about wine in Spanish can be a great way to immerse yourself in the culture and experience the many different wines that the country has to offer. By using these useful vocabulary and phrases, you can communicate effectively with winery staff and truly appreciate the wine-tasting experience while traveling. The Traveler online course is designed for any level of Spanish speaker to have a more unique and authentic experience with the local culture of your destination. Check it out before your next trip!