The Spanish Ambassador held a cocktail to launch a five day business visit of the Chamber of Commerce of the Rioja region which accompanied various Spanish companies that deal in food, olive oil and wine. The wine companies that visited included almazara Ecologica de la Rioja S.L, Bodegas Enanzo, Champdore Distribuciones S.A., Bodegas Dinastia Vivanco, S.A, Bordegas Franco – Espanolas, S.A, Luis Gurpegui Muga, Marques de Reinosa S Coop, Bodegas Roda S.A and Vina Iljalba S.A.
Rioja has a total of 57,000 hectares cultivated, yielding 250 million litres of wine annually, of which 85% is red. Tempranillo is the most popular grape used in Rioja red wine followed by Garnacha Tinta, Graciano, and Mazuelo. Wine harvesting in the region dates back to the Phoenicians and the Celtiberians. The monks were the main practitioners of winemaking in the Rioja and great advocates of its virtues.
Spain is the third largest producer of wine in the world. And the largest Spanish wine producer (and importer into India) is Torres wine which comes from the Penedes region.