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

  • 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"...

  • Malbec

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

  • Graciano

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

  • Tempranillo

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

Subregions of Rioja

Popular Wineries in Rioja View all

  • Bodegas Marques de Caceres

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

  • Bodegas Baigorri

    "Bodegas Baigorri bases its work on a value of duality and on the xcellence of its products and ...

  • Bodegas LAN

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

  • Bodegas Primicia

    Casa Primicia, the oldest building in the town of Laguardia, is the place where, from the 15th ce...

  • Viña Valoria

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

  • Bodegas Palacios Remondo

    Palacios focused his efforts on the Crianza, La Montesa, a Garnacha-based blend from south-faci...

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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


  • MJET - I'm happy you are enjoying it - I originally bought 6 and have 3 ... - The Hazana Vinas Viejas Rioja 2014 is wonderful if you can find it - it drinks better than the hype and I ended up with 3 bottles - down to one no Read More

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  • Oh, I almost forgot about Saturday, the day before yesterday.  We ran ... ... ...  We brought a 2008 Rioja Gran Reserva bottle that was very, very tasty.  We awarded two wines for first and second place when it was all done.  Our previous co-worker Bill was the big winner.  One interesting aspect was the wine goblets that Kathleen and Sally m... Read More

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  • La Tercera Reserva Rioja 2010

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    Overly dry for a tempranillo. Nice fruit with some spice. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • Marques de Caceres Excellens Cuvee Especial Rioja Doca 2012

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    Had this with Lunch the other day at Perry's Steakhouse in Dallas. Very soft, fragrant with spice, earth, mineral, dark ripe fruit and cocoa and tobacco. Low Tannins & Acidity, but good, but simple complexity. Not bad pricing by the glass. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Bodegas Muga Rioja Seleccion Especial 2010

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    No written review

    Wine review by gntop1


  • Montana Reserva Spain la Rioja Sugar Content 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by hansen01


  • Montebuena Rioja 2014

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    Wine Sellers of Saugatuck, 8/2016. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Some more dailies -                ... ...       2014 Rioja TempDon't know anything about any of the Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Vina Equia Tempranillo Reserva Rioja 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by eaglebass


  • Vallobera Javier San Pedro Randez Rioja Spain 2013

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    Very impressed with this wine. Rioja is not always my favorite, it is surpassed by Tempernillo. However, this had a medium mouth feel, black fruit and was well balanced without many tannins. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • 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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