The Rioja region in northern central Spain produces many of the country’s finest wines, typically reds made from the Tempranillo grape blended with other varieties such as Garnacha (Grenache), Mazuelo (Carignan) and Graciano.  Traditionally the wines are matured in oak barrels and are classified accordingly – Crianza must spend one year in oak whilst Reserva is aged for three years, including at least one in oak.  The region also produces younger Tempranillo wines with light and fruity characteristics.

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