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The red wines of the DO Rioja are one of the fundamental pillars of Spanish viticulture and enjoy great recognition worldwide. Side. Rioja is in the north of Spain, in the autonomous communities of La Rioja, the Basque Country and Navarra.

What red grape varieties are there in the DO Rioja?

In the DO Rioja, the most important red grape varieties used in the production of red wines are Tempranillo, which is the predominant grape and provides elegance and structure to the wine with notes of red fruits and spices; Garnacha, which provides fruitiness and body; the Graciano, which adds freshness, acidity and complexity; and Mazuelo (also known as Cariñena), which contributes tannins and flavor. These varieties, skillfully combined by the region's oenologists, give rise to balanced and expressive red wines that reflect the richness and diversity of Rioja's terroir, consolidating its prestige worldwide.

  • How are the red wines of DO Rioja?

    The production of the red wines of the DO Rioja follows a specific process that guarantees the quality and distinctive character of these wines. The harvest of the grapes is done manually or with specialized machinery, ensuring that the grapes are harvested at their optimum point of ripeness. The grapes are separated from the bunch (stemmed) and then squeezed to extract the must. The must ferments in stainless steel tanks or oak vats, where the yeasts transform the sugars into alcohol. During fermentation, the skins of the grapes are in contact with the must, allowing the extraction of colour, tannins, and aromas.

    Rioja red wines are known for their aging in oak barrels. After fermentation, the wines are transferred to American or French oak barrels to continue their development. The aging time may vary depending on the category of wine (Young, Crianza, Reserva or Gran Reserva). After aging in barrels, the wines can be blended to obtain the desired profile. Then, they are stabilized and filtered before bottling. Before being released to the market, some wines continue their evolution in the bottle, developing even more complexity and refining their character. It should be noted that aging times and techniques vary according to the category of wine: young wines are released quickly, while Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva spend more time aging to reach different levels of complexity and elegance. This careful and traditional process is what has made the red wines of DO Rioja are recognized and appreciated throughout the world.

  • How can DO Rioja red wines be paired?

    The red wines of the DO Rioja are very versatile and can be accompanied with a wide variety of dishes. Their richness of flavors and balance make them an excellent option to pair with roasted meats, stews, and stews. They also harmonize very well with cold meats, cured cheeses and dishes from Spanish cuisine, such as paella and tapas. In addition, its structure and soft tannins make it ideal to combine with game dishes, such as venison or wild boar. In summary, the red wines of DO Rioja are the perfect partner to enjoy a wide variety of gastronomic delights, enhancing the flavors of each dish and providing an exceptional culinary experience.

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