Rioja Wine

The Rioja region of Spain produces one of the world’s finest, and most long lived wines: Rioja. Rioja's renaissance, in the latter half of the 19th century, was a direct result of the phyloxera bug that decimated vineyards around the globe. While English merchants came to Rioja to replace their French imports, the wines here actually have much more in common with Chianti. Both wines are blend relying heavily on one grape, in this case Tempranillo. Like Chianti’s Sangiovese, Tempranillo usually produces a relatively high acid wine of medium to medium-full body. Tempranillo tends to produce wines with a dusty, leathery edge to their raspberry and blackberry fruit tones. With additions of Graciano, Mazuela and Grancha the wines of Rioja can take on additional layers of flavor and aroma but the tradition of extended oak aging for Rioja's great wines contributes an even more obvious imprint. While the Spaniards have traditionally been a fan of the strong vanilla and coconut component that American oak Read more »

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  • Macabeo

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

  • Graciano

    Though it is easily the most interesting and unique red grape in Rioja, its yields are low, it is prone to downy mild...

  • Grenache

    You’re a member of the ‘Rhône Ranger’ band. Your groupies think you’re ‘hot’, even when you're boozy and "strung out"...

  • Torrontes

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

  • 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...

Subregions of Rioja

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  • Viña Valoria

    It is an old wine cellar, whose background dates from 1860, that decided to expand and modify its...

  • Bodegas Marques de Caceres

    The name of this wine. Marques de Caceres was lent by D. Vicente Noguera y Espinosa de los Monter...

  • Bodegas Baron de Ley

    A dream come true, BARÓN DE LEY is a winery which was devised and founded in 1985 by a small grou...

  • Herederos Del Marques de Riscal

    Wines of the Herederos de Marqués de Riscal has always been a leading and pioneering company in t...

  • Bodegas Muriel

    Bodegas Muriel markets the brands Muriel, Vina Muriel, Baron de Barbon, Solariego, El Somo and Mo...

  • Bodegas Ramón Bilbao

    Bodegas Ramón Bilbao was established in 1924 by wine trader Ramón Bilbao Murga in the Rioja re...

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Rioja on Snooth

  • Hi!, Best regards from Spain. I like overall Rioja Luis Cañas. Its taste really good. Taste it friends!.

    Comment by 460403ivanvi 460403 ivanvi


  • Guys anyone had a 2000 Murrieta Castillo y Ygay Rioja Gran Reserva ? If you love Rioja wines this is a sensual seductress that you do not want to pass up - she is as intoxicating as she is enchanting - with the first sip she will entice you in a world of pleasure and passion that will leave you wanting for another last kiss.... ;P http://sho...

    Comment by 255446neale1 255446 neale1


  • Campo Viejo Tempranillo Blend Rioja Gran Reserva 2005

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    Wine review by NealS


  • I have to agree with D about CdP. Back in the 70s and before, people called ... reward aging. For me, after Rioja, if you're talking about a wine with some years on it, those are some of the best wines you can have. Like I said, I wish I had been smart enough to collect a lot of them when I was younger. And Sangiovese-based wines too.Alas. Too... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Epic Barolo


  • Hot water or just put it over the burner on your stove for a few seconds. Even ... those capsules. However, in Rioja, Maria Jose said they use them to prevent infiltration by cork worms. I never heard that before and if it's true, I'll accept it. But nobody in the US keeps wines like they d Read More

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  • Not a horrible analogy; there's a reason why the Perrin family is down ... ... from three continents and Rioja and [even] Super Tuscans and ... Read More

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  • "However, that's exactly the thing that's to me unique about ... ... ... complexity - Tuscany, Rioja, the N. Rhone all produce such wines, but none really seem to actually grow while in the bottle."Greg, I've found a few others. Latour in Bordeaux is the first to pop to mind. It not only balances out when aged properly, but grows into somethi... Read More

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  • There's definitely something to be said about older Barolo and Barbaresco. ... ... complexity - Tuscany, Rioja, the N. Rhone all produce such wines, but none really seem to actually grow while in the bottle. Seems like you had some really nice wines! Good job.Wish I had been smart enough to buy a bunch of them back in the day.&nbs Read More

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  • La Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza Rioja Riserva 2004

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    Wine review by avandoski


  • Carlos Serres Rioja Serres 2012

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    Wine review by Vespertius


  • Vina Eguia Tempranillo 2010

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    Wine review by Vespertius


  • Bodegas Ondarre Rioja Reserva 2005

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    I liked this one because of low acid easy yet rich and quite affordable. We had it with snapper tacos and it worked excellently with the spiciness. The bottle I bought was 17$ though. Read More

    Wine review by perfectlywright


  • I spent over 20 years travelling throughout all of Spain. Their wines are tremendous and, not to mention, their people, their rich culture, their unbelievable foods. I am presently trying to locate a Distributors in the USA who would be able to send me ETXEKO PATXARANA DESTILERIAS VIANA, S.A. I am also trying to obtain a vintage chart coveri...

    Comment by 925520ABIERTO 925520 ABIERTO


  • why i can't find rioja olagosa reserva 2005 in Marbella whole sale

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