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.
This may be the wine question I’m most frequently asked by consumers. The question is broad, so a simple “yes or no” answer doesn’t work, but the short answer is “usually.” ...In objective terms, wine quality tends to go up with price. ...Some regions are famous for producing wines which offer an excellent quality-price ratio.
by David Derby
Beating out 20,000 wines from 17 countries, this just validates what savvy wine connoisseurs have known for years: The quality and extreme value of Rioja’s wines. Aged in their original Bodega (cellars) and not being released until they start to reveal the depth of their complexity is just the beginning of the Rioja journey. These will continue to develop for decades in the bottle. When the cost/price value ratio is put in place, Rioja leaves the rest behind and stands on a pedestal basking in the light.