Spain – Rioja
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. Behind them, craggy mountains stand in desolation. While white and rose wines are made here, the region’s fabled reputation is built almost exclusively on reds, all of which are based primarily on tempranillo grapes. Rioja is often referred to as Spain’s Bordeaux.