Nature is key in Rioja and vine growing and wine making have been a local tradition since medieval times.
Rioja is a beautiful scenic region, offering varied and often rugged landscape. Rolling hills and gentle plains are crossed by the River Ebro under the watchful gaze of the Sierra Cantabria mountains.
The climate in the region of Rioja is excellent for grape-growing. Hot summers and cold winters with relatively high rainfall are all perfect for producing top quality grapes which go into producing quality Rioja wines.
Harvesters appear in the vineyards late September each year and begin picking the soft plump grapes which continue to ripen throughout long, golden autumns. It is then up to the skill and devotion of all those involved in the winemaking process to create and nurture the young wines to maturity.
Rioja's winemaking history goes back centuries reaping the awards of countless generations of experience and innovation.
North Central Spain, 120 Miles south of Bilbao
Visit the Rioja tourist board: www.lariojaturismo.com
Rolling hills and gentle plains dissected by the River Ebro
Continental with hot summers and cold winters
Rioja Alta, Rioja Alavesa and Rioja Baja
Harvest in Rioja starts late September
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