Andorra to Santiago de Compostelle we rode through the Rioja. We even visited one of the vineries near Logrono, see previous postings.
Rioja wines are found in four different categories:
Young Wines:Wines in their first or second year, which maintain their initial freshness and fruitiness.
Crianza Wines: Wines which are at least in their third year, which have spent at least one year in barrel and few month in the bottle.
Reserva Wines: Select wines are from the best vintages which, given their excellent characteristics, have been aged for three years, with at least one year in barrels.
Gran Reserva Wines: Wines selected from exceptional vintages, which have spent at least two years in barrels followed by a further three years in the bottle.