La Rioja bets for its own Ruta del Torrontés Riojano, boasting not only its flagship strain but the technological modernity that runs through the heart of wineries distributed in different productive areas that, in addition, are backed by high-impact landscapes, allowing them not only to position themselves between the eligible circuits throughout the year, but also drive the wine sector into new markets.
Although it is associated with other provinces, the Torrontés grape is native and absolutely Riojana, such is registered in the INV (National Institute of Viticulture), and has won the highest award in Vinexpo France for the best wine in the world with the Nacari Frosted and continued to obtain distinctions at national and international level.
This instrument of local development will allow positioning its flagship variety in new domestic and foreign markets as with its other Rioja wines. The Ruta del Torrontés Riojano is a strategy of revaluation and differentiation in a journey through the heart of 19 wineries now in operation, where 7,455 hectares of vineyards allow the province to be the largest producer of organic wines in the country, with 700 hectares of vineyards with the certification that supports it.
The Minister of Planning and Industry, Rubén Galleguillo, coinciding with Javier Collovati -president of the Bodegueros Chamber, described this Route as “an important challenge that will position wine production from the collection of fruits, production processes, fractionation and accompaniment of the producer “, but also” next to each winery there is a natural and scenic reservoir of great beauty in each area and a historical and cultural heritage “.
The viticulture of La Rioja is mainly concentrated in small valleys irrigated to the west of the province, between the Sierras de Velasco on the east and the Sierra de Famatina on the west. The productive valleys are located in the Departments Chilecito, Famatina, General Felipe Varela, Lamadrid, Vinchina, Sanagasta, Castro Barros and San Blas de los Sauces.
The province has an important variety of microclimates which makes it very rich in the diversity of the wines obtained, excellent concentration and good fruit in the higher altitude areas, and more fruity and with a little less concentration in the lower areas. This is due to the management of the vineyards, the dosage of water and fertilizers that each producer wisely gives to their vineyards.
Over the years, Rioja wines have secured a distinguished name among the best exportable beverages, a trajectory that has earned them international awards and which positions them for their distinctive qualities in an increasingly demanding market.