Top 100 sparkling wines of La Rioja

Discover the top 100 best sparkling wines of La Rioja as well as the best winemakers in the region. Explore the varietals of the sparkling wines that are popular in La Rioja and the best vintages to taste in this region.

Discovering the wine region of La Rioja

La Rioja is a wine region in the foothills of the Andes Mountains in western Argentina, North of Mendoza and San Juan. Unlike its Spanish namesake, it has traditionally been associated most closely with white wines. The mountainous Terroir of the region is particularly suited to the Torrontés Riojano variety, which produces Fruity, Soft, Aromatic whites. Bonarda, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec can also be found growing throughout the region.

Locals argue that La Rioja was one of the first Argentinian regions to have vines Planted in it, and Spanish settlers in the late 16th Century are widely credited with being the first to plant grapes here. La Rioja was named for the northern Spanish region by Juan Ramirez de Velasco, a native of the latter. This has caused some animosity between the two regions. In 2011, the Argentinian province won a court case allowing it to continue to label its wines as 'La Rioja Argentina'.

Vineyard conditions in La Rioja La Rioja's position in the rain shadow of the Andes range means that wine-producing areas are strictly governed by access to water. As a result, vineyard distribution is scattered. There is a single main production area in the Famatina Valley, which sits in the mesoclimate formed by the Sierra de Velasco and the Sierra de Famatina mountain ranges. Some small vineyard areas can also be found around the towns of Nonogasta and Villa Union.

News from the vineyard of La Rioja

Leading wine families award business prize to Europe’s oldest luthier

At a lunch in Brussels, the 2021 PFV ‘Family is Sustainability’ prize was presented to Jan Strick and his son Matthijs of Maison Bernard, who triumphed over more than 100 applicants from around the world to win the €100,000 (£84,000) award. ‘Selection was difficult,’ said Matthieu Perrin, president of the PFV, ‘but ultimately the jury felt that Maison Bernard is a brilliant example of exquisite handicraft and the maintenance of an ancient artisanal tradition in family hands, exactly as we fight ...

Best wine gifts for Christmas 2021: A Decanter guide

If you’re still on the hunt for presents, see these great wine gifts selected by the Decanter team for Christmas 2021, covering a wide range of budgets and options. Best wine gifts for Christmas 2021  Waste Cork Wine Cooler Price: £75 Available at: Very Good & Proper  During the production of wine corks, some 25% of the raw material is wasted. This innovative wine cooler, designed in collaboration with London-based architecture practice Mowat & Company, repurposes the cork waste by ...

Rare Napa Cabernet sells for $1m at US charity auction

A six-litre bottle of The Setting Wines’ ‘Glass Slipper Vineyard’ Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 2019 fetched $1m during the Carnivale du Vin auction and gala dinner held during the Emeril Lagasse Foundation’s annual fundraising weekend this month. The sale makes the 100% Cabernet Sauvignon one of the most expensive wines ever sold at auction. ‘We are humbled to be able to offer $1 million to the Emeril Lagasse Foundation and its efforts to support youth,’ said Don Steiner, who bought the six-litre Nap ...

Top wines in regions and sub-regions of La Rioja