For more than a century, Rioja has been considered Spain’s preeminent wine region. The vineyards, running for 75 miles along both banks of the Ebro River, cover more than 157,000 acres in the remote interior of northern Spain.
Rivera del Duero
A two-hour drive north of Madrid, Rivera del Duero is in the province of Castilla y Leon, a severe, dramatic land of rough mesas and rocky plateaus that stretch as far as the eye can see. Massive stone castles stand as fortresses atop the highest ridges.
Poised between the regions Ribera del Duero to the northeast and Toro to the west, Rueda is one of the important, if small, white wine regions of Spain. Indeed, verdejo, the leading white wine of the region is, in terms of the volume produced, Spain’s leading fin white wine.
Winemaking in Rías Baixas dates back thousands of years, but only during the past few decades has the region established a global reputation as a producer of top quality wines from its signature grape, Albariño.