Mick O’Connell: Why Spain is the most exciting country in the world for wine right now

A youthful set of winemakers is driving innovation right across the country’s winemaking regions

For many, Spain equals Rioja, but there are myriad different regions and styles starting to infiltrate the public consciousness due to their sheer quality. Picture: Getty

I am often asked, as a wine nerd, my list of favourites. It is far too difficult, so the answers are usually garbled, muddled ones avoiding the question. But when I was recently asked which country is the most exciting for wine at the moment, there was a much more straightforward answer.

That country is Spain, where there has been a renaissance in wine comparable to, well, the renaissance. We have seen wholesale style changes ...