Barrel ageing: The key to Rioja’s success?

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.

Rioja Barrels

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.


One Response to “Barrel ageing: The key to Rioja’s success?”

  1. paul White says:

    Rioja gave up its authenticity, typicity, heritage and terroir expression when it turned its back on traditional aging in large, air dried, locally made American oak tanks. What is left, apart from Tondonia and a few others, is little more than a suburban shadow of 1980s Californian style driven by French wine technology and techniques. What it gained in $$$$ it lost in soul.

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