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MAIN Arrow to Wine Directory Wine Arrow to  Wines of Europe Europe Arrow to  Wines of SpainSpain Arrow to Wines of the Rioja region of SpainRioja

riojaOne of the smallest wine regions within Spain, Rioja has a big reputation for its rich, oakey wines that are as varied as the grapes grown in the area.

These include Tempranillo, the premier varietal, along with Graciano, and Viura ( the basis of white Rioja).

In fact, it was a local priest who learned winemaking in France in the late 18th century who then adapted his knowledge to the Rioja region which since has steadily grown in popularity.

Today, a trip to La Rioja would not be complete without a tour of some of its most famous wine cellars including Marques de Murrieta and Marques de Riscal.

If touring the area in summer, also be sure not to miss the annual Rioja wine fight which dates back to a centuries-old land dispute. Today, hundreds of giddy locals and a few lucky tourists gather to reenact the La Batalla del Vino (the Battle of Wine) every June 29 in Haro.


More information about Rioja wines & wineries around the Web:


Rioja Wine
- Browse for some interesting history, information on grape varieties and vineyard stats, along with the latest updates and reports, tasting manual, vintage rating charts, and related resources

Rioja (wine) - Wikipedia overview with a history of the wine region including information on geography, grape varieties, the winemaking process with photos, related references and resources.

La Rioja Wineries - Directory listings of regional wineries with direct links to official sites.

The Wine Region of Rioja, Spain - Ilustrated narrative explaining the aging process, wine types, regional boundaries and grape varieties, plus surf around the right-hand menu for related tourist info.

 

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