Spain - Rioja
La Rioja is Spain’s best known and most important region for the production of quality wines – called Rioja. La Rioja is subdivided into three zones: Rioja Alta (regarded as producing the finest wines), Rioja Baja and Rioja Alavesa.
La Rioja is centered in the Ebro River Valley with 7 small tributaries – once rivers but now small streams that in some cases nearly dry up by harvest. These small valleys have their own unique climate and terrain; explaining why Rioja wines can be so different in style and flavor across the entire region
Rioja is made from grapes grown not only in the autonomous community of La Rioja, but also in parts of Navarre and the Basque province of Álava. Tempranillo, which grows well in the regions dry climate, is the most important grape grown here and its red wines dominate, though there is plenty interest and quality in the white and rosé young ‘Joven’ wines
Valles de Sadacia is a sub region created in 2003 which can only produce white wines and all have to include the Moscatel grape.