Saturday December 7, 2019

Back to the real source of Spanish wine

Lovers of fine wine are returning to Rioja for its tertiary flavours of earth and spice

17th April, 2016
The vineyards of Rioja in northern Spain Picture; iStock

If Spain had a point of origin upon which all sides could agree, it would probably be the Ebro River Valley in the north-east of the country. The area is now better known through one of its tributaries, the Rio Oja, or Rioja.

The Romans called the Rio Oja the Iber, and it marked the boundary of the Roman world. The Greeks and Phoenicians had beaten the Romans to the other side of the river,...

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