Rioja is a wine region in North Central Spain, 120 Miles south of Bilbao. The wine region produces 280 to 300m litres of wine annually, the majority of which is red. Grapes used include:Tempranillo, and
The region benefits from a mix of Atlantic, Continental and Mediterranean climates. Hot summers and cold winters, with relatively high rainfall, are perfect for producing the top quality grapes needed to make Rioja wines.
Rioja is almost always matured in American or European oak casks. Whisky which is matured or finished in a Rioja cask takes on the characteristics of the wine, usually through a deeper colour and a sweetness to the whisky, with red berries and plum notes.