Found in southern Spain, near to the Andarax River as it exits out to sea, is the Rioja region. With its traditional red grape varieties of Tempranillo, Garnacha Tinta, Mazuelo (also known as Cariñena) and Graciano, the relatively small region has made itself world famous. Rioja wine is made from grapes grown in the self-sustaining communities of La Rioja and Navarre, and the Basque province of Álava. As of 2019, there are over six hundred wineries in operation. The wines of Rioja are among the most famous of Spain and centuries of diligence and tradition supports their renown.
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