What is Vino Tinto?

Filling of one glass of stained wine for a bottle of crystal, illuminated by the light of the Sun.
Jose A. Bernat Bacete / Getty Images

In Spain, and in Spanish cuisine, red wine is a popular drink. The phrase vino into refers to any kind of red wine. You may think that it should be called vino Rojo, as Rojo is referred to as "red" in the Spanish language.

The vino into reference simply describes the color of the wine, not the type of grape. Red wine is known as vino into because of the process of wine-making...and because into in Latin means dyed, stained or tinted.

 

During wine production, the skins of red grapes tint the white must until it turns into a red color. This means it is tinted, a dark colored wine instead of simply being red. That's why it's vino into -- not vino Rojo. In both Portugal and Spain, they use the term vino into to describe the dark color but English, French, and Italians use the term red wine. Spanish people in those areas may ask for un into wine.

Spain offers several wine-growing regions including the following:

  • Northwest "Green" Spain: Lush, green valleys are plentiful here, where zesty wines and some aromatic red wines are found.

  • Mediterranean Coast: This Spanish wine region includes Murcia, Valencia, and Catalonia and is a very highly regarded sub-zone for red wine. 

  • Canary islands: These have a wide range of wines that include Mencia-based reds to dessert wines made with Moscatel. 

  • Duero River Valley: This is a wine region that is notable for red wines. Ribera del Duero is where some of the most famous wineries are found. 

  • Ebro River Valley: La Rioja and Navarra are located in the Ebro River Valley. This region includes Basque country, home of zesty white wines known as Txakoli. 

  • Central Plateau: Home to Madrid, this is a dry, sunny region that includes some of the best red wines. 

  • Andalucía: This region is famous for its sherry production. 

    Learn more about regions well-known for their red wines, La Rioja Wine Region and Castilla Wine Region.

    Wines in Spain: Common Drinks

    Some popular Spanish drinks with wine include the following:

    • Sangria: This very common, well-known Spanish drink is best served in a large jug so all the flavors can mix well. It involves chopping up fruits such as oranges and lemons and mixing it with a . It involves chopping up fruits such as oranges and lemons and mixing it with a  bottle of red wine, some sugar, and a cinnamon stick.
    • Tinto de Verano: This drink is also known as the red wine of summer, and it is similar to sangria. Unlike sangria, though, tinto de verano is easier to make and contains less alcohol than sangria. 
    • Kalimotxo: This drink combines red wine and Coca-Cola into a tasty concoction.