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Rioja Alavesa lives from and for its vineyards.

The link between wineries, tourism, gastronomy, architecture and art is reinventing one of the most attractive regions on the international viticultural scene.

Rioja Alavesa is part of the Rioja QDO (Qualified Designation of Origin), the oldest in Spain and the first to obtain the category of “Qualified”. This guarantees that the wines produced here meet strict quality standards. Although Tempranillo is the star variety of the region, responsible for most of the full-bodied and structured red wines, other grapes such as Graciano, Mazuelo and Viura (Macabeo) are also common.

These varieties contribute to the diversity and richness of Rioja Alavesa wines.

The region is home to hundreds of wineries, from historical family homes to modern facilities designed by renowned architects.

Guided tours, tastings and wine tourism experiences are common and allow visitors to explore ancient underground cellars, innovative wine-making processes and impressive architecture.

If you are a wine lover you should not miss the Harvest Festival, which is held in mid-September and changes from one town to another.

You can find a complete itinerary of activities related to the world of wine on the Rioja Alavesa Wine Route.