An early ripening and productive grape that originated in France and which is now grown widely in many areas including California and Northern Italy. The grape produces a rich fruity non-astringent wine that, because of its softness, is often blended with many of the world’s finest red wines.
The Rioja valley in Spain produces excellent red wines (where Beaverdale get their grapes from). To be called a Rioja they have to be made in this area. About a dozen different varieties of grapes go into the making of Rioja wines. All commercially produced Riojas will spend a year in fermenting tanks