A chameleon of white wines, with a foot on both sides of the river
White Rioja or Rioja Blanco is another one of those wines which is making a bit of a comeback. It has two faces, and is on the same side of the line to Chenin Blanc for that reason. On one hand it can be fresh and crisp, made for light food, or easy drinking. On the other it can be barrel aged, sometimes for a really long time, and take on a much richer and more savoury flavour. The lighter style is often made with the traditional grape Viura and some Sauvignon Blanc, the richer style is more likely to just be Viura. The richer style is also a great food wine.The wines can only come from the Rioja area, like its red relation.