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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Wine writer (and HR exec). I write a weekly column for Huffington Post, wine book reviews for NY Journal of Books, and my blog is http://www.RJonWine.com. I have over 38,000 tasting notes on CellarTracker, where I'm the most "favorited" TN author.

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Varietals Produced in Rioja View all

  • 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...

  • 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"...

  • Malbec

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

  • Macabeo

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

Subregions of Rioja

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  • Bodegas Palacios Remondo

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

  • Castillo Labastida

    Labastida Wineries and Vineyards combines the traditional wine-making ethos with the latest techn...

  • Viña Ijalba

    Built in 1991, with a modernist style, it is provided with the best existing technology in the ma...

  • Señorío de San Vicente

    One winery, one wine, one vineyard and one variety. Respecting the tradition which has been p...

  • Herederos Del Marques de Riscal

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

  • Bodegas Sierra Cantabria

    The Eguren family, generation after generation since 1870, have been dedicated to grape growing a...

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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...

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  • I forgot one:The 2011 Finca de la Villa Muriel Rioja Reserva106 Read More

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  • Here are 3 Spanish, mature Spanish wines, that I recently purchased - all under ... ... - 2008 Bodega Puelles Rioja Reserva;  2010 La Rioja "Vina Alberta" Reserva Rioja;  2011 Bodegas Muriel Reserva Rioja.  Of these I'm most interested in the 2010.Here's something else that came in:The NV Crab Wine Vinho Verde is just nice, fun relaxing wine t... Read More

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  • Campillo Finca Cuesta Clara Reserva Raro Rioja 2005

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Baron de Ley Reserva Rioja 2011

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    Very bright fruity nose. On the tongue there certainly is bright fruit but, wow, is it ever tart. There is some herbaciousness, but again, the, pretty much in your face, characteristic seems to be lemon pith. If this was a light-bodied white wine I would say refreshing. In a full-bodied red, though, I am just perplexed. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • RC - I remember liking the Muga Rioja Reserva, but I don't remember the vintage I drank.  Spanish wines usually don't disappoint.   Read More

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  • A couple of tasty wines from Spain joined up today:The 2013 Muga Rioja Reserva and the 2014 Numanthia "Termes" Read More

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  • Senorio de Ondarre Tempranillo Blanco Rioja 2015

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • A couple more arrived today - expecting a couple more tomorrow.  For now - ... - ... is the 2010 Anares Rioja Reserva from Bodega Olarr Read More

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  • I'm starting to think that I should go visit Stephen down under; the wines ... cellar - the 2006 Beronia Rioja Grand Reserva.  We got the last bottle from their current stock and boy was it nice with my rack of lamb and Sandra's hanger steak.  Very nice da Read More

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  • Cune Reserva 2012

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    Decidedly modern when first opened with dark fruits, moderate acidity and very ... good but not your fathers Rioj Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • 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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