Chateauneuf-du-Pape is the king of the southern Rhone AOCs. It's full-bodied red and white blends express the varieties, but also personalities of the complex mix of terroirs.
Rioja is the most famous of all Spanish wine regions. In 1560 Rioja established regulations to ensure the purity of their wines and to prevent other regions from hijacking its “brand.” In 1925, Rioja became Spain’s first, legally recognized Denomination of Origin for wine. When new classifications were introduced in 1991, Rioja was immediately upgraded to DOCa. It is still one of only two in Spain.