The second most popular wine region in Spain, this wine industry is defined as a force to be reckoned with. Although it has a small population, the La Rioja wine region is home to over 16,000 vineyards and 600 wineries. Spain is nothing if not meticulous in its winemaking practices and the region has been awarded a DOCa status.
This article looks at the history of wine in La Rioja which dates back several thousand years and the few grape varieties that are approved by the wine regulatory council for cultivation and production into the high-quality wines that Spain exports and are rivaled by none.
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