Wine Spectator’s Map of the Wine Regions in Spain

The three principal regions of the Rioja are t...

The three principal regions of the Rioja are the Rioja Alavesa/Arabako Errioxa, Rioja Alta and Rioja Baja. Most of the territory subjected to the Rioja Protected designation of origin is in La Rioja region, a part of the territory is in Alava and another part is located in Navarre (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Español: Mapa de regiones de La Rioja (España)

Español: Mapa de regiones de La Rioja (España) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Wine barrels kept on a cellar in Haro...

English: Bottles of wine in a cellar in Haro (... English: Wine barrels kept on a cellar in Haro, La Rioja (Spain) Español: Barricas de vino almacenadas en un bodega de Haro, La Rioja (España) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Spain topography

Spain topography (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I found these maps of the Spanish Wine Regions on Wine Spectator.

There are three sub-regions of the Rioja: Rioja Alavesa/Arabako Errioxa, Rioja Alta and Rioja Baja.

Rioja Baja is further east, where the temperature is hotter and the land is more arid.

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Barricas de Bodegas de Haro - La Rioja - España

Barricas de Bodegas de Haro – La Rioja – España (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

English: Flag of La Rioja (Spain), with coat o...

English: Flag of La Rioja (Spain), with coat of arms. Español: Bandera de La Rioja (España) con escudo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Tempranillo is the principle grape of red Rioja.  Ribera del Duero is Southwest of Rioja. This region’s wines  are also Tempranillo-based and oak-aged.

The words Reserva and Gran Reserva on Rioja labels have strict legal meaning:

“Reservas must be aged for at least 3 years before release, including a minimum of 1 year in oak. Gran Reservas can be  released only after 5 years, including a minimum of 2 years in oak.  Many traditional Riojas actually spend much more time than this. In recent years there has been a definite  split in the Rioja camp, with many bodegas aiming for much more vividly fruity wines, where oak plays only a supporting role. Many  more wines are appearing at Crianzalevel, with minimum oak and bottle age. Names to look out for include:   La Rioja Alta, Marqués de Murrieta, Marqués de Riscal, Bodegas Montecillo, CVNE, Martínez-Bujanda and Bodegas Palacio.” Wine Spectator

Wine regions of Spain with denominación de ori...

Wine regions of Spain with denominación de origen (DO & DOCa) in 2008. The map is based in municipalities’ borders. The DO Catalunya and the DO Cava are not shown, as their zones of production are superimposed on other DO regions. The Vino de Calidad Valles de Benavente (QWpsr), which had not reached DO status yet, and the Vinos de Pago, are not shown either. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Official seal of the Ribera del Duero Denomina...

Official seal of the Ribera del Duero Denominación de Origen (DO) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Some interesting white wines are produced in the Northwestern area of Galicia that are made from Albarino grapes.

Vino con Denominación de Origen de La Rioja

Vino con Denominación de Origen de La Rioja (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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