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Rioja

Spain

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Rioja is a wine region identified as “Denominación de Origen Calificada” (D.O.Ca.) – Qualified Designation of Origin – spread within part of the territory of La Rioja, Basque Country and Navarra, in Spain. It is a small region situated in the north along the River Ebro. Meeting at the confluence of Atlantic and Mediterranean climates, the region’s vineyards experience ideal growing conditions with mild temperatures and plentiful rainfall. The balanced structure of Rioja’s various soil types—chalky-clay, ferrous-clay and alluvial—and range of microclimates give each wine its own unique characteristics.

Region

65,841 hectares of growing area

3 zones: Rioja Alta, Rioja Oriental

and Rioja Alavesa

 

People

14,800 vinegrowers

6,286 coops associated

8,514 independent vinegrowers

600 bottling wineries

396 aging wineries

Production

336 million liters produced in 2018

362 million bottles sold in 2018

36.7% of wines exported, generating €486.1 (2016)

Primary Grape Varietals

Tempranillo

Garnacha Tinta

Mazuelo

Graciano

Maturana Tinta

Viura

Malvasía Garnacha Blanca

Tempranillo Blanco

Maturana Blanca

Verdejo

Turruntès

Chardonnay

Sauvignon Blanc

Unique Fact 
The Control Board de D.O.Ca. Rioja has created a system of inimitable back labels guaranteeing consumers the authenticity of a Rioja wine. The “Rioja Trustseal” is manufactured with diffractive optical technology, similar to that used on European banknotes, to prevent forgeries. The seal depicts the Rioja name and logo, allowing consumers to identify the label as genuine. Rioja first started using a seal of guarantee of origin in 1926.

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