History and Culture
Oriental Rioja owes much of its popularity to an excellent wine, highly appreciated in the region. Tradition and technology join together to create an excellent wine with unique features and the strictest standards of quality.
Over time, a fascinating culture has been created around the vine-growing and wine-making processes in Oriental Rioja. One of its most emblematic towns is Aldeanueva de Ebro, with a captivating Wine Museum, where we learn about wine heritage, state-of-the-art winemaking plus the nuances of Rioja wine appreciation.
Yet, visitors who want to sightsee in this wine region must cover much more. The towns Alfaro, Autol, Quel, Tudelilla, Arnedo, Alcanadre or Grávalos are without a doubt worth visiting. This is a journey where the past comes to life: Lovely places to admire the coexistence of family winemakers and industrial wineries.
In Roman times vineyards were established at different settlements and bodegas soon sprang up in order to supply the Roman troops. Thus, Ancient Rome played a pivotal role in the history of Rioja wine and the vine-growing. Later, it was the religious communities that were in charge of traditional wine-making processes.
Phylloxera reached La Rioja in the 19th century. This is one of the main diseases that affect grapevines and sadly devastated most vineyards. Once these challenges were overcome, in 1920 the name "Rioja" was protected, and a few years later, in 1925, the first D.O. Ca in Spain “Qualified Designation of Origin” was established, DOCa Rioja.