Rioja Vega tinto is an old favourite of mine and it's one of those wines that just does exactly what it says on the tin. Rioja Vega blanco however is incredibly new and also represents the innovation that keeps this producer at the forefront of Spanish wine production. Rioja Vega has kept the name of the region in it's title for good reason, they can date production in Spain's most famous wine-producing areas back to when viticulture first started in this part of the world.Read More
When we were first presented with this white wine and told that it was derived from the Tempranillo grape variety I'm sure that you will be able to understand our confusion. Tempranillo is the well known red varietal which makes up the majority of the blends produced in Rioja. The variety of Tempranillo used to make this wine is actually a mutation of the original red strain of the species and was discovered in a Tempranillo vineyard in the Rioja region by a wine grower in the late 20th century. In 2007, the regulatory body of Rioja officially sanctioned the use of Tempranillo blanco in the DOC wines of Rioja.
The red wines of the Rioja region are subject to a strict set of laws which govern how long a wine must be aged both in oak barrels and in the bottle before they can be released. They are then assigned into one of the following categories, Joven, Crianza, Reserva or Gran Reserva. This particular expression falls under the Crianza categorisation and mys spend a minimum of 12 months in oak and a further 6 months in the bottle.