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Logroño (La Rioja)
Logroño (La Rioja)
Weather

Max. Summer temp. : 36-38 ºC
Min. Winter temp. : -4 ºC
Average rainfall: 350-450 mm annually
Average sunshine: 2,800 hours annually

DOCa Rioja

Rioja was the first Spanish wine region to obtain DO status in 1925. In 1991, it was promoted to DOCa (Qualified Designation of Origin), a higher category reserved for wines maintaining a proven consistency and quality over a long period of time.

Rioja DOCa is known primarily for its reds though it also makes some whites and rosés. Most bodegas still use their own formulas for blending red wines, still being the most the ones from Tempranillo, the noblest of the native Spanish vines. This grape gives the wines their elegance, concentration of aromas and complexity of flavours. It is this, as well as oak ageing, which gives the wines such personality and individuality.

At the same time Rioja wines have evolved steadily. Today they offer a broad range of styles. Wines include varietals; blended wines which are shifting the emphasis from oak to fruit; organic wines; and, at the top end of the market, the Reservas and Gran Reservas.

The changes in winemaking implemented in the past decade have produced excellent results. New generations of growers and makers have placed their faith in the renovation of facilities, with new barrels and steel vats, as well as an emphasis on careful selection at harvest and later ageing of the harvested fruit.

The desire of producers in the Rioja to reaffirm their aspiration for excellence has contributed to their the consolidation of an image of prestige among consumers and has made them a reference for Spanish wines worldwide. The development of productive and commercial structures in the Rioja and the prestige attained by their wines has also positioned the area among the elite in historical European denominations of origin.


Regulatory Council


Consejo Regulador de la DOCa Rioja
Estambrera, 52
26006 Logroño
La Rioja
Tel: (+34) 941 500 400
consejo@riojawine.com
www.riojawine.com


Sources:
 
- Spanish Ministry of Agriculture

- Regulatory Council, Qualified Protected Designation of Origin Rioja

Rioja is now one of the five best-known and most prestigious wine-producing regions of the world.
DOCa Rioja
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Vineyards
Area under vine
63,137 ha.
Altitude of vineyards
350-650 m.
Soil types
Rioja Alavesa: calcareous clay; Rioja Alta: calcareous clay, some ferruginous clay and alluvial soils; Rioja Baja: ferruginous clay and alluvial soils
Principal grapes (w)
Viura, Malvasía Riojana, Garnacha Blanca, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Verdejo, Maturana Blanca, Tempranillo Blanco, Torrontés
Principal grapes (r)
Tempranillo, Graciano, Garnacha, Mazuela, Maturana Tinta
Production:
Maximum crop
9,000 kg/ha white; 6,500 kg/ha red
Yield
70-72%
Production 2013
2,534,000 hl
Production 2014
2,952,000 hl
Production 2015
2,988,000 hl
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