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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Varietals Produced in Rioja View all

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Graciano

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

  • Macabeo

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

  • 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...

  • 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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  • Marqués de Riscal

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

  • Bodegas LAN

    Year… 1972. Bodegas LAN is founded and named after the initials of the 3 provinces in the Rioja D...

  • 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 Ondarre,S.A.

    Bodegas Ondarre, founded in 1986, belongs to the Bodegas Olarra Group, one of the most famous nam...

  • Bodegas Marques de Caceres

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

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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

  • Lopez de Haro Rioja Crianza 2008


    Interesting wine. Very complex . Bright at the beginning and smooth at the end. Very enjoyable. Read More

    Wine review by sammy2co

  • I posted a Washington Tempranillo & Rioja in the Watcha Drinkin thread a couple of weeks ago in celebration of the Vuelta Espans.  DVogler wanted to know how the Washington Tempranillo tasted.  Here is my answer! Read More

    Forum post in the topic DVogler Asked...

  • Shipping wine to CR is not an option, the regulatory hurdles are ... very ... very limited selection. With Rioja the selection of reds is OK and pricy.Bring what you can in your luggage and then go into the duty-free shop and buy all you can carry. You are allowed 4 bottles in your luggage but the customs people are pretty liberal with tourist... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Help in Costa Rica

  • The Vuelta Espana is racing through Northern Spain.  I am tracking the action with a Rioja and Washington State Tempranillo. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?

  • Bodegas Olarra Cerro Anon Rioja Reserva Red 2006


    Oaky and not too fruity, not tart at all, and weighty without too much tannin. Looovely. Read More

    Wine review by andrewlevitt257

  • Bodegas Benito Urbina Crianza Case of 6 Bottles 2007


    No written review

    Wine review by gntop1

  • Bodegas Pedro Martínez Alesanco Rioja Reserva 2000


    2008 Read More

    Wine review by gntop1

  • Not necessarily worth a trip back. I just stopped at the supermarket and ... a ... a good iteration of an older Rioja. I'd almost be tempted to give it a shot but I'm going to try to find out a bit more this weekend in NY before I pull the trigge Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?

  • Thanks Greg, I also texted you on a weird looking Rioja I saw there from '82Too bad, my old man probably would've liked that Lodi styled wine. Isn't Mega Purple a requirement of "The Lodi Appelation"? Already left the store but can always swing back when convenient. Read More

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  • Bodegas Muriel Rioja Gran Reserva 2004


    No written review

    Wine review by gntop1

  • 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

    Comment by 740029a a n 740029 a a n

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