Beronia Rioja Classification
Beronia Rioja Classification

Welcome to Beronia’s Guide To The Wines Of Rioja. In this guide, you can learn more about how Rioja wines are classified and how this plays such a crucial role in producing these world-class wines.

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After a prolonged period of rebuilding, in 1925 the first regulatory classification system, known as the Denominación de Origen (D.O, later upgraded to the Denominación de Origen Calificada (D.O.C.a.)) was born. This set out where Rioja wines could come from, how they were to be made and aged, and generally acted as an assurance of quality for lovers of Rioja’s wines.

Like most of Europe, Spain, as a country, endured a difficult period during the 1930s and 1940s and this affected the wine industry.  In the 1970s, however, significant positive developments occurred, including the introduction of an ageing warranty which tells you if a wine has qualified for Crianza, Reserva, or Gran Reserva status. These warranties were extended in 1980 to cover vintages, and in 1991 the Qualified Designation of Origin was introduced, further tightening the laws regarding the wine’s origin, production, and ageing. Rioja now has some of the strictest wine laws in the world, with everything from grape varieties to the type of oak you can use, being heavily restricted.

Proving itself to be a progressive wine region yet again, in 2017 the concept of enhancing the origins of Viñedo Singular – single vineyard wines – was introduced.  Single vineyard Riojas such as the Vareia Beronia can be extraordinary wines that offer yet another expression of the wines of Rioja. 2017 also saw the introduction of rules around Vinos Espumosos de Calidad (quality sparkling wines) allowing this style of wine to be labelled as Rioja.

So, as you can see, Rioja is a dynamic, forwarding looking region populated by producers who are passionate about quality and innovation. Not least here at Beronia Rioja, which since its founding in 1973, has become a multi-award winning, pioneering producer of exceptional wines. You can find out more about the exciting things happening with Beronia Rioja’s wines by exploring Beronia’s range of exciting, rare and single variety Riojas here.