European Review

Focus: The Temptations of Chemistry

A Brief History of Wine in Spain

Stefan K. Estreicher

Physics Department, Texas Tech University, Mail Stop 1051, Lubbock, Texas 79409, USA. E-mail:


This paper describes the evolution of wine in Spain from Phoenician times to the present, within a historical context. Each of the six main sections deserves more careful analysis, but the broad overview given here could be of interest to the curious (and thirsty) reader.