La Rioja Alta
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To speak of the wine-making group of La Rioja Alta is to evoke one of the best wines from a land closely linked to the vine and its fruit. The oldest preserved document that refers to the existence of vineyards in this region dates from the year 873. Data from the Ministry of Agriculture, referring to 2012, affirm that the vine represents 30.6% of the cultivated lands of La Rioja, consolidating as the Region with the largest area of vineyards with respect to the cultivated area and being one of those that most contributes wine production to the State, despite being the penultimate in territorial extension. La Rioja smells of wine.
At the end of the 19th century, several French winemakers came to La Rioja in search of areas suitable for planting grapes, since most of their crops had been destroyed by phylloxera, the devastating plague that emerged in 1870 in Bordeaux. They find in La Rioja a thousand-year-old winemaking tradition, although with certain technical deficiencies that they are responsible for transmitting to the region's winemakers, thus producing a prolific advance in the quantity and quality of the area's wines.