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La Rioja wine region: Visit to a traditional winery in Spain

Have you ever thought about visiting a traditional winery in Spain´s most famous wine region? Did you know that in this country Rioja is synonym of wine? Keep on reading and we´ll tell you all about it!

ABOUT RIOJA IN SPAIN

HIGH QUALITY WINES

Rioja is internationally famous for the quality of its wines. Apart from wine tasting, a visit to this region offers a range of activities you can make in and around the extensive vineyards, including horse-riding or 4×4 routes, among others.

TASTE TAPAS

Rioja is a perfect place in Spain to enjoy tapas (known as pinchos here) and to pair them with local wines. The region extends from Haro on the west to Navarre on the west all along the Ebro River which is Spain´s second-largest river.

CULTURAL ATTRACTIONS

This region is also closely linked to the famous Camino de Santiago pilgrim route, and has a whole host of cultural attractions.

SPANISH WINE REGION RIOJA

You can’t talk about Spanish wine without mentioning Rioja.

First of all, Rioja is a place, not a grape. And like most European countries, Spain names its wine by the place it comes from, so often you won’t even see the grape on the label. There are 70 official quality winemaking regions in Spain which here are called “Denominación de Origen”, D.O. for short.

In this part of the country, you can find many historic wine producers and a great number of them are making wine for centuries now.

In Spain, Rioja is synonymous with wine

The Rioja wine region is divided into three regions:

  • La Rioja Alta, where most of the oldest wine “chateaux” are located in and around Haro.

  • Rioja Alavesa, which also belongs geographically to the Basque Country.

  • Rioja Baja, a larger, more arid region whose main hub is Calahorra where you can find some of the largest dinosaur prints in Europe.

La Rioja Wine Region, Spain

RIOJA WINE TASTE: THE FINE WINE CAPITAL OF SPAIN

In Rioja, you will find fabulous wine museums, emblematic wineries, fantastic hotels – some of them are built on wineries -, breathtaking landscapes, and ancient monuments worth visiting. Modern Architecture has contributed in recent times to the reputation of Rioja and some of these great wineries are also hotels and restaurants.

Beginning with the 16th century, Rioja’s wine production developed steadily. It had a major boost in the late 19th Century, when the vineyards of neighboring France Bordeaux came to this land in search for new wine supplies.

With beautiful rolling landscapes, medieval hamlets, and exquisite wines, La Rioja region is Spain’s Tuscany.

The flagship grape of Rioja is the noble Tempranillo, mixed with other regional grapes like Mazuelo, Graciano, and Garnacha Tinta. The Viura (also known as Macabeo) is the main white grape used to create rich dry white wines.

La Rioja Wine Region, Spain
La Rioja Wine Taste, Spain

BEST RIOJA WINES

The best Rioja wines are those that well balance the levels of fruit with the right amount of oak, ensuring the perfect blend of berried fruit and toasty, vanilla notes.

There are, of course, different styles of Rioja wine, from the traditional bottlings that spend a long time in American oak, to more modern expressions that focus more on the fruit and are aged in French oak, for a more elegant, fresh feel.

The Rioja region is considered Spain’s most important and finest producer of premium red wines.

Food and wine lovers will be in heaven in Rioja.

According to The Culture Trip, the best wines from La Rioja are:

  • La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva
    – Cirsion
    – Baron de Chirel
    – Viña El Pisón
    – Contador
  • Viña Tondonia Gran Reserva

  • Viña Real Rioja Blanco

La Rioja Wine Region, Spain

RIOJA RED WINE

Spanish red wines are good values, but buying one can be frustrating if you aren’t sure what grows where within the world of Spanish wines.

Many of Spain’s best red wines are labeled with the name of the wine appellation, rarely by grape variety. So, Spain can be divided into three “bands” for red grape varieties and wines: the Tempranillo grape variety excels in wines from central and northern Spain, Garnacha in wines from northeastern Spain and Monastrell in southeastern Spanish wines.

Red wines from Rioja are among  the most desirable on the planet

Rioja makes for a great food-pairing also, and is suited to dishes like grilled or sauced beef, mushrooms, oily fish, or even certain seafood dishes, making it a great starting place. Besides, a Gran Reserva is one of the easiest ways to make an impression.

La Rioja Wine Taste, Spain

Red wine benefits for female

Red wine is used in cooking and baking because it adds the taste and nutrients to your dish. Believe it or not, it also does magic when you use it for face massage or scrub. Are you excited to know more about its benefits?

Owing the components and antioxidants it has, it is no less than a blessing for women’s health. One drink of red wine in a day could help you reverse the signs of aging and get your lost glow back.

Among the most common benefits that red wine has for women are those for skin, hair, and Health. Let’s see some of them:

  • Good for heart health

  • Prevents obesity

  • Reduces bad cholesterol level

  • Reduces hair loss

  • Fights back diabetes

  • Controls high blood pressure

  • Improves functioning of the lungs

  • Combats stress

  • Helps to strengthen bones

  • May reduce the risk of cataracts

  • Gives glowing skin

  • Fights back acne

Red Wine Benefits

LA RIOJA TOURS IN SPAIN

NATURAL ATTRACTIONS

Culture and wine make an unbeatable combination. And if you add some amazing natural attractions… In La Rioja you’ll find Mediterranean forests, high-mountain areas, lunar landscapes, the Sierra de Cebollera Nature Reserve or the Arnedillo Biosphere Reserve.

TRADITIONAL WINERIES

In this divine region there are many small wineries so many families still produce their wines in a traditional way in the cellar of their houses. By joining this experience with us, you will visit a couple of traditional wineries that are producing the worldwide famous Rioja wine.

MODERN ARCHITECTURE

Besides, you will have the chance of cruise along the wine region, enjoying the magnificent modern architecture of the wineries in the area.

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