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Quality and powerful taste wines in the Rioja Baja

 TAGS:Currently no one disputes the Rioja wine differentiation over other wines still be exported and become better known. It consists of three sub-areas with vast vineyards and historic cellars that have made possible this global identification.

One of these subzones is the Rioja Baja, near the Rioja Alta and Rioja Alavesa, which produces wines of great quality and always gifted with personality and great body. The terroirs of Rioja Baja extend over 17,787 ha and have a mostly Mediterranean climate, featuring some dry areas with most extensive vineyards than other subzones that are part of this DO.

This zone extends over several municipalities located between Logroño and Alfaro, such as Calahorra, Arnedo, Autol and San Adrián, among others. It employs about 6,700 farmers in over 24,000 parcels that are committed to the wealth of their land in order to obtain greater vintages each season.

Wines of ripe grapes

This climate results in ripe grape wines, mostly red and elaborated with the Tempranillo variety ?prevailing in all Rioja-, with an interesting presence of garnacha grape, which represent about 90% of total production. They are therefore stronger, meaty, with a powerful taste and less acidic than the wines of the rest of DO. They taste of berries and usually have more alcohol. The variety of flavors in the aged wines is remarkable, since they lie in the barrel for a few years, and the great reserves still need more time to finish their development.

Wine Museum of Rioja Baja

In the town of Aldeanueva de Ebro, particularly in the building of the Shrine of Nuestra Señora del Portal, we find one of the most important spots in the area: the Wine Museum of Rioja Baja. It discovers the history of the wines of this region with explanatory panels, focusing on their variety, vintage and scientific research. It also houses a tasting room where you can taste the local varieties.

Rioja Alta wines, experience and tradition

 TAGS:No doubt that Rioja wine is one of the best in the world. Its elaboration comes from many years ago and each area guards its process in long tradition cellars. The DO Rioja encompasses various areas such as Rioja Alta, Rioja Baja and Rioja Alavesa.

In the case of wines from Rioja Alta, as well as wines from the Rioja Alavesa, they have fairly similar climates. In this case, the biggest influence is Mediterranean, leading to tasty wines with body and unquestionable quality. Its vineyards extend for 24,457 ha that comprise a large part of the DO Rioja total area.


The grapes used in the wines of Rioja Alta, just like the rest of the DO, are tempranillo, which represents 60% of total production, garnacha, with 12%, and other lesser known varieties of white grape.

How are the wines?

Its uniqueness lies in its offer of balanced, full-bodied, elegant and powerful colored wines, from ruby to garnet. They have a high acidity with ripe fruit flavors that are optimal for long aging in barrels, that significantly improve them over time.

Remarkable cellars

The cellars, some of them historic and long tradition, encourage the cultivation and tasting of the wines in their area. So, in 1890, five Basque and Riojan winemakers decided to create the Wine Society of Rioja Alta. This group is now consisting of four cellars: the ?mother?, La Rioja Alta, who respects the elegance of the DO Rioja in all its aspects; Torre de Oña, Lagar de Fornelos and Áster, which offer Pago or Terroir wines.

Wine routes in the area

This zone is completely optimal for performing routes throughout remarkable towns, as Haro, San Asensio, Logroño… which leave us a dream landscape, vineyards to visit and a spectacular heritage. Bear in mind that through Rioja Alta passes the renowned Camino de Santiago, in addition to the route of the monasteries and castles, and you can visit several monuments in each town.

Want to walk in the Rioja Alta? Here are two wines to whet your mouth:

Wines from the Rioja Alavesa, quality for discerning palates

Rioja is one of the more traditional and known denominations of origin throughout Spain. Rioja wines are not only of extreme quality, but are exported to many countries and we can find them in renowned restaurants with prices that compete with Italian and French wines.

Within this designation, The wines from the Rioja Alavesa are elaborated in a climate eminently Atlantic-Mediterranean, which favors a rich production of wines with special flavors and full-bodied.

Major varieties

Among red grapes, the most important variety is tempranillo, accounting for 90% of total production. It results in young wines with fresh fruit and berries flavors. Great with your most special dishes. Garnacha and graciano are the other two varieties of red wines.

As for the whites grapes, the macabeo variety produces fresh wines, clear and transparent color, while the malvasia, although with less production, gives rise to a deep aroma with citrous touches.

How are the wines?

The young wines are the most characteristic of this variety. They taste of fruit and are usually quite lighter. Ideal with a wide variety of dishes because they go well with almost everything. The crianza wines have much more body and the perfect pairing is with poultry and wildfowl.

The reserves are high quality and taste of ripe fruit with vanilla notes, with also aromas of the wood where they remain while aging. Finally, we find the great reserves, with personality and touches spicy touches.

In any case, buying Rioja wines is always a safe bet…

Want to make wine tourism?

One of the areas with more routes to know the wine in depth is La Rioja. In this case, the Rioja Alavesa is no exception, and the Cellar Association organize wine tasting workshops and and tours in order to present their wines to a demanding and gourmet type of tourist.