Rioja Region Wine Experience

Taste some of the finest wines from the Rioja Region of Spain in the Liberty Park Plaza Wine Experience, sponsored by Gaylord Texan Resort.

Tickets:   $12 per person until September 13 at 10 a.m.
                $14 per person after September 13 at 10 a.m.
                Ticket does not include festival admission

Tasting hours are as follows:
Thursday, September 13:  10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Friday, Septrmber. 14:  10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Saturday, September 15:  10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Sunday, September 16:  Noon to 6 p.m.

Rioja Region of Spain Wine Experience

 

ABOUT THE RIOJA REGION OF SPAIN

Rioja Map

 

Composed of more than 600 wineries, Rioja can refer to the region or the wine made in that region.  Located in north-central Spain, along the Ebro River, Rioja Is about 210 square miles in size and is a one-hour drive southeast of Bilbao. 

The region benefits from the confluence of two distinctly opposed climates, Atlantic and Mediterranean, which provide ideal conditions for growing grapes. The most commonly used grape in Rioja wines is Tempranillo.   Tempranillo is It Is indigenous to Spain, but most experts would agree that Temparnillo finds its finest expression in the Rioja Region, much like Pinot Noir in Burgundy.  Other grapes commonly used in red winemaking are Garancha, Graciano, Mazuelo and Matura Tinta, a varietal not grown anywhere else in the world. Common white grapes in Rioja include Viura, Malvasia and even Tempranillo Blanco.   Although the character of Tempranillo is influenced by the conditions in which it’s grown, Rioja wines can be elegant and ethereally subtle or powerful and lush.  Across the board, you can expect vibrant red and black fruit accompanied by toasty spice.

Source: Rioja Wine Council

 

PARTICIPATING WINERIES

Check back regularly for announcements of participating wineries from the Rioja Region of Spain, soon!