La Rioja Grape Varietals

This video was made at  Castillo de Maetierra located within the physical region of La Rioja- Rioja Baja, yet considered outside of the Denomination of La Rioja. It is located in Calahorra, a region predominantly known for vegetables and fruit production.

Video 1 of 2, Special thanks to Raul Acha, Enologist and Technical Director of Castillo de Maetierra at Vintae.

Because this vineyard is located outside of the denomination scope, it is allowed to cultivate any variety it desires.  They have made some very interesting wines recently, such as Gewürztraminer and Riesling.

The Enologist for Maetierra explains the morphological differences between each of the varieties this bodega grows.

Here are some interesting facts for you about La Rioja.
Within the Control Board of the Rioja Designation of Origin (D.O.Ca Rioja), there were seven traditional varietals allowed until recently, when in 2007 they allowed a total of nine new varieties to be cultivated within La Rioja. The seven traditional varietals are four red: Tempranillo, Garnacha, Graciano, Mazuelo; and three white: Viura, Garnacha Blanca, Malvasía.

Of these nine new varieties, there are three non-native white: Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Verdejo; three native white: Maturana Blanca, Tempranillo Blanco and Turruntes (Albillo); and three native reds: Maturana Tinta, Maturano (Maturana Parda) and Monastel.

This was first time since 1925 that varietals outside of the seven traditional ones were allowed into La Rioja for cultivation and wine making.

Video 2 of 2, Special thanks to Raul Acha, Enologist and Technical Director of Castillo de Maetierra at Vintae.