Barrel ageing: The key to Rioja’s success?24th February, 2014 by db_staff
French? American? Or both? Drop into any Rioja producer’s cellar and among the miles of barrels it would seem every winery is hedging bets, depending on customer preferences and house styles.
But how important is barrel ageing to the success of Rioja?
And are winemakers changing their approach to oak use in recent vintages to suit changing tastes?
Here, seven industry experts give their opinions on barrel ageing and its role in the success of Rioja.