Why wine lovers should make the Spanish city of Teruel their next destination

You may be forgiven for thinking the Spanish city with the most wine bars per capita would be found in a famous wine growing region like Rioja or a touristy capital such as Barcelona or Valencia.

Why wine lovers should make the Spanish city of Teruel their next destination
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But although Logroño in La Rioja is undoubtedly a great place to discover wine, and you will find bars galore in Madrid, Seville or Cordoba, it is infact a much smaller less visited provincial town that should be attracting wine lovers. 

A new survey reveals that connoisseurs of the grape should head for Teruel, a provincial capital in the largely forgotten interior of Aragon, which boasts more wine bars (vinotecas) for the number of its inhabitants than any other Spanish city.

Teruel is pinned on the map above. 

According to the list by booking portal Likibu, Teruel has 53.2 wine bars per 100,000 inhabitants, determined as establishments that are dedicated to serving a decent glass of wine.

And because Teruel only has a population of 133,000 this means there are 70 bars where you can dedicate yourself to some serious wine tasting all within a very short distance of each other.

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After Teruel, the next on the list is Zamora with 37.2 bars per 100,000 inhabitants many of them specialising in the local Toro wine.

In third position one needs to travel to the opposite end of the country to the coastal city of Cádiz, which is third in Spain for the number of wine bars per inhabitant (36.8).

The city of Segovia in Castile-Leon comes close behind Càdiz followed by Cuenca in fifth place.

Way down the list is Valencia (6.2 bars per 100,000 residents) followed by Barcelona with 4.8 bars per 100,000 people and bringing up the rear is Madrid with wine 2.5 bars per 100,000 population.  

The number of bars per 100,000 residents in each Spanish provincial capital. Data by Likibu

Taking a broad look at Spain, the regions whose cities have the highest proportion of wine bars are Castile and León and Castilla-La Mancha.

But lets not forget this list is based on wine bars that are dedicated to serving a decent choice of wines rather than the house variety.

If you want cheap plonk, or are happy with beer or a copa, then there are bound to be more options open.


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These are Spain’s new Michelin-starred restaurants

The new 2023 Michelin Star guide for the best restaurants in Spain and Portugal has awarded new stars to 34 restaurants across Spain. Read on to discover which ones and where they are.

These are Spain's new Michelin-starred restaurants

En España se come bien (People eat well in Spain), you’ll hear many Spaniards proclaim. That’s coming from a country that’s not accustomed to singing its own praises on the global stage. 

Although these higher-than-average gastronomic standards apply to all types of bars and restaurants, when it comes to haute cuisine, Spain continues to be among the top five countries with the most Michelin-starred eateries, together with France, Japan, Italy and Germany.

On Tuesday November 22nd, Michelin revealed its newest restaurant selection of acclaimed Spanish restaurants during an event in the Spanish city of Toledo.

As of November 2022, two restaurants in Spain have been awarded the coveted three Michelin Star distinction.

Three have gone up to the two-star category and 29 restaurants have been given new one-star rankings.

Atrio in Cáceres (Extremadura region in western Spain) and Cocina Hermanos Torres in Barcelona have both earned the top award three-star prize, which is the highest award that can be given, and have joined the 13 other restaurants in Spain at this level.

According to the judges, Atrio won the distinction due to “its elegant and delicate dishes, prepared by chef Toño Pérez, who has shaken up local gastronomic traditions”. His menu focuses on Iberian pork and other products from Extremadura.

While in Barcelona, Cocina Hermanos Torres has been given the top award for “firing the imagination with every bite”. Chefs Sergio and Javier Torres have created “a magical space in which the gastronomic experience consistently seeks out the very best seasonal produce and exceeds foodies’ expectations, turning it into a dining extravaganza,” the judges said.

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Of the 2023 guide, International Director of Michelin Gwendal Poullennec said: “We were delighted to see how younger chefs are taking the lead and embarking on their own journeys, in many cases flying the flag of reinterpreted regional or fusion cuisines”.

“In turn, vegan options are gradually forging ahead on menus, something which was already occurring in other European countries,” he added. 

Below are the Spanish rankings for the 2023 guide, including the three stars awarded to Atrio and Cocina Hermanos Torres. 

Two stars

  • Deessa, Madrid
  • El Rincón de Juan Carlos, Adeje, Tenerife
  • Pepe Vieira, Serpe, Pontevedra

One star

  • Ababol, Albacete
  • Ajonegro, Logroño
  • Aleia, Barcelona
  • AlmaMater, Murcia
  • Alquimia-Laboratorio, Valladolid
  • Ancestral, Illescas
  • Arrea!, Santa Cruz de Campezo
  • Ceibe, Ourense
  • Cobo Evolución, Burgos
  • Código de Barra, Cádiz
  • Come, Barcelona
  • Enigma, Barcelona
  • Etxeko Ibiza, Es Canar, Ibiza
  • Ferpel, Ortiguera
  • Fusión19, Muro, Mallorca
  • Gente Rara, Zaragoza
  • Kaleja, Málaga
  • La Finca, Loja
  • Mont Bar, Barcelona
  • Monte, San Feliz
  • Montia, San Lorenzo de El Escorial
  • Oba, Casas-Ibáñez
  • O’Pazo, Padrón
  • Ravioxo, Madrid
  • San-Hô, Adeje, Tenerife
  • Slow & Low, Barcelona
  • Tabaiba, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
  • Ugo Chan, Madrid
  • Zuara Sushi, Madrid

The Michelin Guide also handed out special awards to three different chefs.

The Young Chef Award for 2023 went to Almería-born chef Cristóbal Muñoz, who at age 31, heads up the kitchens at Ambivium in Peñafiel, Castilla y León.

The Chef Mentor Award for 2023 was given to a well-known name in the world of Spanish gastronomy – Joan Roca, who together with his brothers turned El Cellar de Can Roca in Girona, Catalonia into one of the best and most famous restaurants in the world.

Finally, the Michelin Service Award for 2023 was presented to Toni Gerez from Castell de Peralada, also in Catalonia. As the restaurant manager and sommelier, he “excels in customer-facing roles, in particular, when presenting his marvellous cheese cart that goes from table to table,” explained the judges.

In total, the 2023 Guide lists 1,401 restaurants throughout Spain, Portugal and Andorra. Out of these, 13 have three Michelin Stars, 41 have two Michelin Stars and 235 were awarded one Michelin Star.