Rioja wines are made from grapes grown in parts of Navarre and the Basque province of Álava, as well as in La Rioja itself. The three wine regions of Rioja are Rioja Alta, known for its “old world” style of wine; Rioja Alavesa, producing wines with a fuller body and higher acidity; and Rioja Baja, whose wines are deeply coloured and often highly alcoholic.
La Rioja produces red, white and rosé wines which are usually a blend of various grape varieties. The most widely-used grape variety in La Rioja’s red wines is Tempranillo, which contributes the main flavours and ageing potential. Other popular grape varieties include Garnacha Tinta, Graciano and Mazuelo. For the region’s white wines, Viura is the most prominent grape and is typically blended with Malvasía and Garnacha Blanca.
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