La Rioja a land of wines

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An extension of 57,000 hectares of vineyards and an annual output of 250 million liters of wine. This is La Rioja, one of the most famous wine regions of the world. Romans and Phoenicians introduced the cultivation of the vine. The origin denomination was created in 1902.

La Rioja is divided into three divisions:

Rioja Baja. It is the area further east. Bathed by the Cidacos, Linares Añamaza, Alhama and Ebro rivers One of his most important municipalities is Calahorra. The influence of the Mediterranean climate gives the wines a high ranking. This area belong our cellars, we have 1,117 hectares where in we produce annually 4.5 million kilos of grapes.

Rioja Alta. It is the westernmost area. Its main town is Haro. Bathed by both the Atlantic and the Mediterranean climate.

Rioja Alava. With 11,500 hectares of vineyards, is located in a region with a climate of Álava Mediterranean or Atlantic influence. Their wines are medium graduation. The Ebro River is its southern border.

The grape varieties grown in La Rioja are Tempranillo, Mazuelo, Grenache and Graciano for reds. And white grenache, Viura and Malvasia for whites. As for the types of wine, find young, crianza, reserva and gran reserva.
Crianza wines must spend a minimum of one year in barrel and another tank or bottle. They are wines that should not be stored for a long time, they would lose their qualities. The reds Reserve not come to market until three years after harvest: They stay a minimum of one year in barrel. They are darker than those of rearing and nuanced wines. Meanwhile the large reservoir often come from higher quality crops. They have a two year minimum aging in oak barrels and aging in bottle other three.

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