La Rioja Wine

La Rioja, not to be confused with the Spanish wine region, is a wine region within the Cuyo in Argentina. It is much hotter and drier than its more prolific neighboring regions, Mendoza and San Juan. Since most of the area is so hot and dry, it’s necessary for its vineyards to be situated in the few places where water is available. Its main appellation is Famatina, in the valley between the Velasco mountains and Famatina hills. The grapes are grown at high elevations, allowing cool nights to balance hot days and for the grapes to retain vital acid balance.

While red grapes are grown here, it’s the whites it is known for, mainly aromatic Torrontes and Muscat. Reds are made with Malbec, Bonarda, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah, as varietal releases and blends.

– Description from Amanda Schuster

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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Tempranillo

    History of the grape: Origins of Tempranillo are murky. It could be indigenous to the Spanish countryside, or it coul...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Torrontes

    Torrontes is really three closely related grape varieties -- Torrontés Riojano, the most common, Torrontés Sanjuanino...

  • Macabeo

    Macabeo is Spain’s most widely planted grape. From there, it has made its way to southern France’s Roussillon region,...

  • Malbec

    History of the grape: Some believe Malbec is named after a Hungarian peasant who spread plantings along the French co...

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