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La Rioja by the numbers

La Rioja by the numbers

Explore this magnificent Spanish winemaking region—whose prestigious reputation precedes it.

Production (by colour):

89% red
5% rosé
6% white

31%

Percentage of Spanish wine exports from La Rioja (in volume).

40%

Percentage of Spanish wine exports from La Rioja (in value).

The average cost of La Rioja appellation wines is 49% higher than those of all other Spanish appellation wines, and four times that of the average Spanish wine, including local wine and bulk wine. Global exportation of La Rioja wine has increased 4% between 2016 and 2017, with a 6.7% increase in export to Canada.

Number of hectares in production:

1990: 43,100 hectares
2017: 64,200 hectares

La Rioja is one of Europe’s winemaking regions that has experienced the most significant growth over the past three decades. This contrasts the overall European trend of declining vineyard acreage. Approximately a third of La Rioja’s regional production is made for export.

Main cépages

Red
Tempranillo
Grenache
Mazuelo (Carignan)
Graciano

White
Viura
Tempranillo Blanco
Verdejo
Grenache blanc

Tempranillo and Viura cepages dominate the region. Tempranillo represents 87% of all red wine production, while Viura represents 70% of the region’s planted white varieties. Overall, red cépages are La Rioja’s most planted: in fact, Tempranillo accounts for 80% of La Rioja vineyards, compared to Viura’s more humble 6.5%.

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