Friday, October 10, 2008

Spain - La Rioja (ES-29587)

Hurray! :)) A map card! :)) And a very nice one :)
It's a map of La Rioja region, which is very famous for the good wine, mdae in the regional capital Logroño.

The harvesting of wine in the Rioja has an ancient lineage with origins dating back to the Phoenicians and the Celtiberians. The earliest written evidence of the existence of the grape in Rioja dates to 873, in the form of a document from the Public Notary of San Millán dealing with a donation to the San Andrés de Trepeana (Treviana) Monastery. As was the case in many Mediterranean lands in mediaeval times, monks were the main practitioners of winemaking in the Rioja and great advocates of its virtues. In the thirteenth century, Gonzalo de Berceo, clergyman of the Suso Monastery in San Millán de la Cogolla (Rioja) and Spain's earliest known poet, mentions the wine in some of his works.


1 comment:

Ana said...

a truly beautiful map indeed!