Rioja’s red vines

Autumn in La Rioja and the cool temperatures turn vine leaves the color of a young red wine. Some of these vineyards belong to the famous Bodegas Muga. Mostly, they are the Tempranillo varietal, which researchers have concluded is roughly 1000 years old, and can be traced to the Ebro Valley in La Rioja and Aragón. The origin of winemaking in the region, however, goes back many centuries before that to Phoenician and Celtiberian cultures. Today, Rioja is Spain’s best-known wine internationally, and most Spanish wine drinkers consider it the best choice when if comes to getting good quality at a reasonable price.

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7 Responses to Rioja’s red vines

  1. Derek October 11, 2012 at 14:23 #

    Awesome pics, Mike!

  2. Nygil Murrell November 9, 2012 at 19:27 #

    Theses are beautiful shots Mike. I just came across your website and I’m really impressed with the photos. Keep them coming!

  3. alex kronis September 7, 2019 at 05:27 #

    Hey Mike, when did you take those gorgeous photographs ? planning to visit the region in October, i hope to see the colors

    • Mike Randolph September 14, 2019 at 22:26 #

      Thanks Alex. I took those shots at the very end of October, which was late for the best colors that year except in a few small areas. There are lots of small microclimates in La Rioja, so you should be in luck. Buen viaje!


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