Rioja Oriental Wine Region Guide

Experience the bold flavors of Spain's Rioja Oriental wine region, where rich history meets exquisite taste


Last updated: February 15, 2024


Spain’s most famous wine producer has been forced to adapt to many pressures in recent years, not least the demands for greater terroir segmentation and a renewed focus on site-specific wines. Rioja Oriental, formerly known as Rioja Baja, has been at the center of this ongoing debate. The region is a microcosm of the struggle to define Rioja’s contemporary soul after a century and a half of tradition.

For decades, the largest sub-region in Rioja was derided as the area’s poor relation; the local industry was primarily dominated by co-operatives who supplied bulk wine to the major blenders in Rioja Alta. The name ‘Rioja Baja’ refers to the generally lower altitudes of the vineyards when compared to their neighbors: in hot vintages, some local wines are undeniably alcoholic and occasionally quite rustic. But, pioneers like Alvaro Palacios have demonstrated the Rioja Oriental can produce some of Spain’s finest Grenache: rich, spicy, aromatic, and immensely concentrated. Poor relation? ¡Qué va!, as they say in the bars of Logroño.

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