La Rioja Wine

La Rioja, not to be confused with the Spanish wine region, is a wine region within the Cuyo in Argentina. It is much hotter and drier than its more prolific neighboring regions, Mendoza and San Juan. Since most of the area is so hot and dry, it’s necessary for its vineyards to be situated in the few places where water is available. Its main appellation is Famatina, in the valley between the Velasco mountains and Famatina hills. The grapes are grown at high elevations, allowing cool nights to balance hot days and for the grapes to retain vital acid balance.

While red grapes are grown here, it’s the whites it is known for, mainly aromatic Torrontes and Muscat. Reds are made with Malbec, Bonarda, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah, as varietal releases and blends.

– Description from Amanda Schuster

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  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Tempranillo

    History of the grape: Origins of Tempranillo are murky. It could be indigenous to the Spanish countryside, or it coul...

  • Malbec

    History of the grape: Some believe Malbec is named after a Hungarian peasant who spread plantings along the French co...

  • Torrontes

    Torrontes is really three closely related grape varieties -- Torrontés Riojano, the most common, Torrontés Sanjuanino...

  • Macabeo

    Macabeo is Spain’s most widely planted grape. From there, it has made its way to southern France’s Roussillon region,...

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  • I met with a semi-regular Sunday tasting group last week for the usual ... ... from Aldo to boot!The 1970 La Rioja Alt 890 Gran Reserva came from a bottle with only a high shoulder fill but it none-the-less was classic mature Rioja, a little funky but complex and pure. I had hoped to pair this with grilled octopus but that dish was not on our ... Read More

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  • Zolo Torrontés Famatina Valley 2006


    i've recently had this a second time and noted a nose of Fruit Loops with a lingering taste in the mouth of lemon-lime zest; still amazingly elegant and dry with white peaches on the nose also. so yummy, soft, and easy drinking. so far the best i've had. Read More

    Wine review by barri0s1872

  • Zolo Torrontés Famatina Valley 2007


    a wonderful nose remeniscent of fruit loops; so tropical and citrus notes on the nose with a soft, elegant, long, and dry finish that will leave you coming back again and again. Read More

    Wine review by barri0s1872

  • Pircas Negras Torrontés Famatina Valley 2006


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    Wine review by gigglyb

  • Zolo Torrontés Famatina Valley 2006


    Perfectly balanced, great with light dishes. MMMM... Read More

    Wine review by Keeks

  • La Puerta Malbec 2008


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    Wine review by resQme

  • Zolo Torrontés Famatina Valley 2006


    Very good wine for the price. Refreshing and fruity, but not too sweet. Read More

    Wine review by Melchior138

  • La Yunta Torrontés Famatina Valley 2007


    Excellent value for summer! I found this for $8 at a local wine shop. While not as overtly floral as some Argentinian Torrontes, this has a little melon on the nose. It's nicely acidic, with a little oak and a nice crisp finish. Great for summer sipping, or with lighter seafood/poultry dishes. Read More

    Wine review by cookypuss1

  • Zolo Torrontés Famatina Valley 2007


    Very interesting with lime hints that continues into a long finish. Perfect for summer. Read More

    Wine review by sa scully

  • Estampilla Torrontés Sauvignon Blanc 2006


    Smooth, sweet pear, apple taste. Not bad at all considering the price. Read More

    Wine review by colinrchorley

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