The Chosen Land

Bordered by the Cantabrian mountains to the north, which protect the region from the cool northerly winds, and the Sierra de la Demanda in the south, the Rioja region runs east to west for 120 kilometres. Covering 3 distinct sub regions, Alta, Alavesa and Baja, the region is dominated by the geographic and cultural influence of the mighty Río Ebro.

 

Our home is in the Rioja Baja, the region that lies in the east of Rioja and shares borders with Navarra. Rioja Baja is lower lying than its neighbours and benefits from higher temperatures and more regular ripening. Though Tempranillo dominates, as it does in the other sub regions, deAlto believes that Rioja Baja's greatest strength is with the wonderful Garnacha and the enigmatic Graciano.

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