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Rioja Alavesa Wine

Rioja Alavesa is the smallest of the three wine-producing sub-regions in Rioja, Spain. It is situated to the north of the River Ebro, straddling the La Rioja region and the Alava province within the autonomous community of the Pais Vasco (Basque Country).

The name Alavesa is derived from the host province. Rioja Alavesa is the northernmost of the three sub-regions, bordering Rioja Alta to the southwest and Rioja Baja to the southeast. Rioja Alavesa is most similar to Rioja Alta in terms of climate, soil and style, and together they are considered to produce the best wines of the region. A space-age 'wine city' and ultra-modern wineries sit side by side with stately bodegas and more modest wineries.

Castillo de Davalillo, Rioja, Spain

The ash-colored Cantabrian mountains dominate the landscape here, towering over the zone to the north. Rioja Alavesa is the closest of the three sub-zones to the Atlantic Ocean and thus the one most influenced by its cooling effects.

Two geographical features determine the quality of the wine produced in Rioja Alavesa: Firstly, its vineyards lie at high altitudes (1300–3930ft/400–1200m), resulting in cooler temperatures that help the grapes to acquire and retain moderate acid levels and good color. Secondly, the soil on the slopes and terraces where most of the vines are grown is rich in chalky clay and limestone, resulting in wines that are characterful and rich in extract.

Annual rainfall is around 20 inches (500mm) on average, which forces the roots to burrow deep into the soil in search of water.

Tempranillo is the main grape variety here, as in all parts of the Rioja, and Garnacha, Mazuelo and Graciano are used as blending partners. These wines are often prized for their aging potential. A very small quantity of white wine is also produced in Rioja Alavesa, from Viura (Macabeo) grapes.

Notable producers include Marqués de Riscal, Domecq Bodegas, Bodegas Palacio and Remelluri.

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We found 94 wines produced in this region.
Wine Name
Grape 
Popularity
Artadi Pagos Viejos, Rioja DOCa, Spain Tempranillo $85 994
CVNE Compania Vinicola del Norte de Espana Vina Real Gran Reserva, Rioja DOCa, Spain Rioja Blend Red $52 1762
CVNE Compania Vinicola del Norte de Espana Contino Reserva, Rioja DOCa, Spain Rioja Blend Red $33 2275
Artadi Vinas de Gain, Rioja DOCa, Spain Tempranillo $25 2616
Finca Allende, Rioja DOCa, Spain Tempranillo $23 3712
CVNE Compania Vinicola del Norte de Espana Vina Real 'Plata' Crianza, Rioja DOCa, Spain Rioja Blend Red $13 3770
CVNE Compania Vinicola del Norte de Espana Vina Real Reserva, Rioja DOCa, Spain Rioja Blend Red $23 5061
Finca Allende Calvario, Rioja DOCa, Spain Tempranillo $99 5119
Finca Allende Aurus, Rioja DOCa, Spain Tempranillo $156 5173
Artadi Grandes Anadas, Rioja DOCa, Spain Tempranillo $162 6130
Telmo Rodriguez LZ, Rioja DOCa, Spain Tempranillo $13 11015
Telmo Rodriguez Altos de Lanzaga, Rioja DOCa, Spain Rioja Blend Red $78 11136
CVNE Compania Vinicola del Norte de Espana Contino Vina del Olivo, Rioja DOCa, Spain Tempranillo $75 11463
Telmo Rodriguez Lanzaga, Rioja DOCa, Spain Rioja Blend Red $26 15097
CVNE Compania Vinicola del Norte de Espana Contino Graciano, Rioja DOCa, Spain Graciano $70 15578
CVNE Compania Vinicola del Norte de Espana Contino Gran Reserva, Rioja DOCa, Spain Rioja Blend Red $70 16796
Finca Allende Blanco, Rioja DOCa, Spain Macabeo (Viura) $25 17435
Remelluri Granja Nuestra Senora de Remulleri Gran Reserva, Rioja DOCa, Spain Tempranillo $58 17602
Bodegas Ostatu Gloria de Ostatu, Rioja DOCa, Spain Tempranillo $50 19772
Bodegas Ostatu Blanco, Rioja DOCa, Spain Rioja Blend White $13 22060
CVNE Compania Vinicola del Norte de Espana Vina Real Oro Reserva, Rioja DOCa, Spain Rioja Blend Red $25 24837
Bodegas Valdelana Agnus Vino de Autor Reserva, Rioja DOCa, Spain Rioja Blend Red $36 27996
Bodegas Ostatu Crianza, Rioja DOCa, Spain Rioja Blend Red $13 28699
CVNE Compania Vinicola del Norte de Espana Pagos de Vina Real, Rioja DOCa, Spain Tempranillo $70 28699
Solar de Samaniego Crianza, Rioja DOCa, Spain Rioja Blend Red $13 31123
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