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La Rioja (Spain)

Autonomous Community of La Rioja, Comunidad Autónoma de La Rioja

Last modified: 2006-02-25 by santiago dotor
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[La Rioja (Spain)]
Colours according to the 1985 Manual de Identidad Corporativa (Corporate Identity Handbook)
image by António Martins

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Official Flag

[La Rioja, official flag (Spain)] 2:3
image by Antonio Gutiérrez, taken with permission from the S.E.V. website, 27 November 2002


[Coat-of-Arms (La Rioja, Spain)]
image by Antonio Gutiérrez, taken with permission from the S.E.V. website, 27 November 2002

Discussion on the top stripe colour

I recall having read something about the upper stripe standing for the famous Rioja wine.

António Martins, 2 October 1998

According to Calvo and Grávalos 1983, the red stripe certainly intends to be Rioja red wine coloured, ie. dark red.

Santiago Dotor, 5 October 1998

According to the Act of adoption of Rioja's flag passed by the Diputación Provincial (provincial council) on 14th August 1979, the meaning of the colours is the following:

  • white: light
  • yellow: fertility
  • red: vineyard
  • green: vegetable garden
When the flag bears a coat-of-arms, this has a blue background representative of the provincial rivers.

Jaume Ollé, 19 December 1998

Colours of the flag as they appear in the Manual de Identidad Corporativa (Corporate Identity Handbook) of 1985:

  • Red: Pantone Warm Red
  • Green: Pantone 354
  • Yellow: Pantone 109
I hope this sheds light on the controversy about the colour of the upper stripe of this flag.

Antonio Gutiérrez, 20 July 1999

Former Province of Logroño

Even though in Spanish monoprovincial regions the provincial and regional competences are merged into one and the same entity, the former flag of Logroño province was not that of nowadays La Rioja. The province of Logroño changed officially its name to province of La Rioja several years ago (as did Oviedo to Asturias and Santander to Cantabria). Prior to the establishment of Autonomous Communities, the province of Logroño had another flag (rather it was the flag of the Diputación Provincial de Logroño [provincial council]). Once the Autonomous Community of La Rioja was established, the Diputación Provincial ceased to exist [early 1980s] and its competences were assumed by the Autonomous Community, and the provincial flag was substituted with the current one.

Antonio Gutiérrez, 16 September 1999

The former province of Logroño's flag was vertically yellow-red bordered in all sides in blue, with, in the upper fly corner and upper fly corner [sic — "upper hoist"?], a golden fleur-de-lys, and in center of the lower border another golden fleur-de-lys. As far I know this flag was never officially adopted — but it was certainly officially used.

Jaume Ollé, 27 November 1999