Spain Rioja

Spain Rioja

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2009 vintage guide for Spain Rioja

Weather Conditions Rioja enjoyed a very hot summer after a wet and cold winter and spring, although the lack of rain in August and first half of September caused worries…

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2008 vintage guide for Spain Rioja

Weather Conditions Like elsewhere in the northern hemisphere, Rioja enjoyed favourable weather in the final stages of the growth cycle. In a season of irregular ripening the long Indian summer…

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2007 vintage guide for Spain Rioja

Weather Conditions A particularly long growing season characterised the 2007 vintage in Rioja, which was punctuated by some difficult weather conditions including spring hail and a summer attack of mildew.…

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2006 vintage guide for Spain Rioja

Weather Conditions A wettish winter ensured good water reserves and there was good canopy development early spring, with even and sufficient rainfall to cover bud-burst and setting. But with rainfall…

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2005 vintage guide for Spain Rioja

Weather Conditions Negligible rainfall and the absence of frost ended the previous growth cycle and continued through the dormant period coupled with moderate snow. Budburst was good and occurred 7-10…

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2004 vintage guide for Spain Rioja

Weather Conditions Abundant rain and snow during the winter months ensured ample water supplies to the vines for the remainder of the year. Although there was no frost in Rioja,…

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2003 vintage guide for Spain Rioja

Weather Conditions The first part of the growing cycle was dominated by rain and snow which helped to build up the water table. Absence of spring frosts and excellent bud…

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2002 vintage guide for Spain Rioja

Weather Conditions Very cold temperatures in December 2001 and drought conditions during the latter part of 2001 affected the start of the growing season. With reduced water reserves, the vines…

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2001 vintage guide for Spain Rioja

Weather Conditions The total 2001 harvest in Spain is expected to be down 20% on 2001 at around 35 million hectolitres, although this is still about 10% higher than recent…

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2000 vintage guide for Spain Rioja

Weather Conditions The rain started at the end of February and there floods in the eastern part of the region. Low temperatures in March slowed the development of the vines…

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1999 vintage guide for Spain Rioja

Weather Conditions The winter of 1998/9 provided plentiful rainfall and the vines budded early and well. However, a frost on the 16th April hit lower vineyards in the Rioja Alta…

Village-of-San-Asensio

1998 vintage guide for Spain Rioja

Weather Conditions This looked to be a textbook year throughout Rioja after a mild, wet winter; in a frost-free spring the flowering went without a hitch and the summer provided…

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1997 vintage guide for Spain Rioja

Weather Conditions This was a mild, wet winter with healthy growth in the vines early on and budding was copious, offering the prospect of a large harvest. However, the summer…

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1996 vintage guide for Spain Rioja

Weather Conditions After two ‘Grade 5′ years there were high hopes that 1996 would provide the same level of quality at a higher quantity, but this was not to be.…

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1995 vintage guide for Spain Rioja

Weather Conditions This was the impossible dream – an ‘Excelente’ vintage with what was (then – superseded in 1996 and again in 1997 and 1998) the biggest harvest of all…

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1994 vintage guide for Spain Rioja

Weather Conditions This was the ‘Aaah!’ vintage, after three years of drought and indifferent quality, nature relented and provided one of the best vintages of the century (compared by many…

SAMANIEGO-BAIGORRI

1993 vintage guide for Spain Rioja

Weather Conditions This was a mid-drought vintage, although there had been unwanted rains in October 1992 during the vintage, there was no rain at all for 55 days from 16th…

Viedo-Via-Ardanza

1992 vintage guide for Spain Rioja

Weather Conditions Best Appellations Best Producers Remírez de Ganuza, Amézola de la Mora, Marqués de Vargas, Olarra, Roda and Ondarre all reported better results than the norm, although Contino, Luís…

Village-of-San-Asensio

1991 vintage guide for Spain Rioja

Weather Conditions This was the year in which Rioja was ‘promoted’ from DO to DOCa, and the growers really wanted a blockbusting vintage to show off their new rating, but…

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1990 vintage guide for Spain Rioja

Weather Conditions The winter of 1989/90 was warm and possibly the driest of the century, with no frost even in January and February. At the beginning of March the vineyard…