Rioja Alta Wine Region Guide

Discover the rich flavors of Rioja Alta: where tradition meets innovation


Last updated: March 21, 2024


Welcome to the beating heart of the great Rioja region. It’s all here: beautiful countryside, glistening wineries, cobweb-filled cellars, superlative restaurants, and, of course, a sea of vines. It is also the historic center of wine production in the appellation, established by the Romans in the 3rd century BC. And yet, few other Spanish vineyards have undergone such a radical change of direction as Rioja Alta. Over the past three decades, tradition and modernity have repeatedly clashed as new ideas challenged the hegemony of large corporations and their commitment to regional blending. But classical Rioja is still very popular with many consumers, despite the onward march of progress. The net result is a mosaic of styles to please everyone: long-aged reds, sparkling wines, barrel-fermented whites, and luxurious, single-vineyard icon wines. It’s a cliché, to be sure, but Rioja Alta truly is a land of diversity.

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