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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.
 

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  • 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...

  • Torrontes

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

  • Syrah

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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Tempranillo

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

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  • Zolo Torrontés Famatina Valley Gaucho Select 2010

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    Wine review by smuratore


  • Off to Northern Spain on Monday morning, starting in Madrid and Spending some time in Lerma, Burgos, Leon, La Coruna and ending in Santiago de Compostela but more importantly travelling through the heart of Rioja.Looking forward to sampling as much wine as I can and reporting back to you guys. Hopefully I can find some surprises. Tried a  Bierzo... Read More

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  • More and more tastings I've been to recentley have tended to feature a lot of Spanish Whites. Although generally a big fan of Rioja I must admit i'm  being slowly seduced by these Fresh, crisp and refreshing Spanish beauties Verdejo, Albarino, Viura and even Fino, Manzanilla Sherry, which I'm drinking more of now thanks to dmcker encouraging me.... Read More

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  • Ichanka Bonarda

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    Wine review by elaschukj


  • Pircas Negras Torrontés Famatina Valley NV

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  • So anyway, here I am in Spain, and its a good thing because I never wouldve come to this country if our cruise hadnt been originating here. Of course, I wouldve visited Rioja but my wife wouldve never gone for that, but I digress...its a lovely city and the beach today was a far greater scene than so cal. could ever hope for.  short lived howeve... Read More

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  • Andes Shiraz Famatina Valley 2008

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    I LIKE THE STRONG FINISH Read More

    Wine review by BLAKEFLO


  • Valle de la Puerta Torrontés Famatina Valley la Puerta 2008

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    Wine review by covides


  • Santa Florentina Malbec Blend Famatina Valley 2010

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    Wine review by anstett


  • Valle de la Puerta Torrontés Famatina Valley la Puerta 2008

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    Tested in 2011, I found it simply gorgeous ! Exceptional rich taste, for this 100% Grenache. Main drawback : the label that looks a little bit old fashion... Read More

    Wine review by gfleury


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