THE MOST FAMOUS WINE REGION IN SPAIN
Rioja is Spain's oldest and most famous wine region and was the first official DO region when the system was set up in 1926. Rioja is further subdivided into three zones: Rioja Alta, Rioja Baja and Rioja Alavesa.
The main grape used to make Rioja wines is Tempranillo. It is indigenous to Spain, but most experts would agree that Tempranillo finds its finest expression in the Rioja region, much like Pinot Noir in Burgundy. Common white grapes in Rioja include Viura, Malvasia and even Tempranillo Blanco.
TrippyVines offer wine & food tours throughtout Andalucia as well as Rioja.
This is our introduction to Rioja Wine Tour, and visits one representative cellar in each of the sub regions, Alavesa, Alta and Baja, ending with a vineyard lunch at one of the cellars. A must for experiencing the whole region in one day!
Rioja Alavesa is the smallest of the three wine-producing sub-regions in Rioja, and the ash-colored Cantabrian mountains dominate the landscape. Wineries in Rioja Alavesa are characterised by modernism, not only in wine making techniques but modern architecture as well.
Rioja Alta is perhaps the most important of the three Rioja sub-regions as the soil has a healthy mix of clay, iron and alluvial components, giving it a redder color than its northern neighbour's sandy white soils. Tempranillo thrives in these conditions, producing signature 'Rioja-style' wines. As a result, the local wines form the backbone of most Rioja blends