Rioja Oriental

The Rioja Oriental, Spain’s largest sub-region is also its newest wine appellation and has been undergoing a winemaking transformation the past several years as a new generation of winemakers have reclaimed the long abandoned higher ground, bringing about a rebirth of the native Garnacha grape.  Known as the Rioja Baja until 2018, the Rioja Oriental…

Wine Touring – The Najerilla Valley

The Najerilla river flows from the mountains of the Sierra de la Demanda to the Ebro River making this a special corner of La Rioja, with a unique style of wine, the lower part of the valley yielding the region’s most balanced wines.  The valley, considered by many to be central to La Rioja vineyards,…

New Winemakers In The Rioja

There has been a number of new projects happening in the Rioja the past few years as a crop of new winemakers have emerged. A few belong to some of the oldest families in the Rioja, while others are newcomers who are changing the landscape of wine making in Spain. Roberto Oliván is a determined…

The Wines & Gastronomy of Spain – The Rioja

Rioja Alta, Alavesa & Baja No adventure in Spain would be complete without a visit to Spain’s oldest and best known wine region, considered the “benchmark” of Spanish winemaking.  Stunningly beautiful year around, the Rioja is an ancient region dating from the Neolithic era, where you’ll find atmospheric fortress towns on a hill, some with…

Wine Touring in the Rioja Alta – Haro

Haro We usually start our wine touring in the Rioja in Haro, the wine capital of the Rioja Alta, a town of 12,000 inhabitants, where you’ll find a fairly large concentration of wineries that can be visited, both highly traditional and new generation, most all requiring a prior appointment.  Most of the notable wineries are…

Wine Touring in the Rioja Alta – Briones

After a visit to Haro, with a possible detour to a winery in Ollauri, my next suggested stop on the wine trail comes about 5 km down the N-124 / N-232.  You should exit at Briones for a visit of several hours and lunch.  Briones, coupled with neighboring San Vicente, are the two most interesting…