Rioja has a long history of wine cultivation stretching back thousands of years to the Ancient Roman times. Rioja´s vineyards were founded by the Roman Empire to tend to the Roman troops, whose sites you can still find clues of around Rioja today. Medieval Christian monks became the primary producers of wine during the middle ages, and Rioja Wines received official recognition by the King of Navarre and Aragon in 1102.

Rioja is one of the most famous wine regions in Spain, and indeed the world. It is well-known for its high quality wines, 85% of which are red. It most famously produces Rioja, Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva wines, from over 57,000 hectares of cultivated vineyards.

In 1926, the Consejo Regulador governing Council demarcated Rioja wines as the first Denomination of Origin (DO), restricting the use of the term "Rioja" to protect the region's wine production. Today wine shapes the region in a plethora of ways: through the landscapes, architecture, gastronomy, tradition and people.


Rioja - An introduction

History and geography of La Rioja and its wine region. La Rioja is one of the most amazing sites of Spain. Camino de Santiago goes through it, crossing the famous Santo Domingo de la Calzada town.

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The Region

The most interesting locations to be visited in both La Rioja and Rioja Alavesa: San Millán de la Cogolla, Calahorra and Laguardia. There are many things to do in Rioja.

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