When you look at the numbers, white Rioja really has very little going for it.
White varieties don’t even make up 10% of the total Rioja vineyard, while the leading variety, Viura, has acquired a depressing reputation for dullness and unappealing flab. Surely there is little chance of these wines holding their own among the great whites of the world?
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To be frank, it all depends. Rioja’s whites fall into three distinct categories.