Land of centuries-old
The largest concentration of century-old wineries in the world can be found in the westernmost area of the QDO Rioja, which, together with other heritage sites, make it a world reference point for wine tourism.
From the La Estación quarter in Haro, a mandatory stop to enjoy the architecture of wine, to the monasteries of San Millán de la Cogolla, Suso and Yuso, listed by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites where first written texts of both the Castillian and Basque language are found.
In Rioja alta we have the representation of the history of our land and wine united hand in hand.
The terroir of Rioja Alta is made by a variety of soils, contrasts and its Atlantic profile.
At higher altitudes, the ripening of the grapes is delayed and has a higher degree of acidity, freshness, lower alcohol content and a great ageing potential. At lower altitudes, the fruit profile is riper and perfect for softer wines ready to be enjoyed.
Soils are a mixture of clay-limestone, clay-ferrous and alluvial. This mosaic of soils is perfect for the most classic blends, but also for terroir wines.
In Rioja Alta the Atlantic climate prevails, with mild temperatures in the winter (min. 4º C,) and an average 15ºC to 22ºC in the summer, with moderate rainfall.
With a high amount of calcium for wines with ‘body’.
As it is a balance soil, it favours the strenght in the growth of the vines, gives greater quality to the wine and is ideal for growing the Tempranillo grape variety.
With a classic red tone with a strongest iron component and lower limestone amounts. This soils produce fresh wines with balanced body and acidity.
Their fluvial origin means that their main characteristic is the accumulation of soil moisture. These soils are permeable and rich in nutrients, perfect for the production of lighter and fruitier wines.