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

  • 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...

  • 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,...

  • Grenache

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

  • Graciano

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

Subregions of Rioja

Popular Wineries in Rioja View all

  • Castillo Labastida

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

  • Bodegas Muriel

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

  • Marqués de Riscal

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

  • 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...

  • Bodegas Ondarre,S.A.

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

  • Señorío de San Vicente

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

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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


  • Baron de Ley Reserva Rioja 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • La Puerta Alta Red Blend Argentina 2016

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    a wonderful organic wine. Here's hoping that more estates will embrace the organic community. this Blend was just perfect, very hard to not drink the whole bottle in one siting. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Rioja Olivier Riviere Rayos Uva Red Vintage Rioja Spain 2007

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    Very good willow Read More

    Wine review by carden911


  • Indeed so!  In fact, I tried a wine from the Luberon (mostly for parties ... The same holds true for many Rioja Crianza since you get a 5 year old wine for about 10-15 dollars US.  Why pay mor Read More

    Forum post in the topic What's your Choice of Wine...


  • I'm having a low-dollar ($12) 2011 Rioja Riserva tonight.  You just cannot beat the QPR. Read More

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  • Zintzo Rioja Crianza 2015

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    Wine review by Silvia Exitalia


  • Altos Ibericos Reserva Rioja Torres 2012

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Kirkland Signature Rioja Reserva 2013

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    Brick red in the glass with lots of red fruit on the nose. Medium weight and fruit forward with good acidity finishing with light tannins to a really long fruity finish. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Lol, that’s better than what I drank this weekend. Not at home much but ... share a bottle of Kirkland Rioja Reserva with my son in law.  It was an easy wine to enjo Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Zintzo Rioja Crianza 2015

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    Warm strawberry and light straw notes with some earthy, chalky notes and hints of cranberry. Dry and earthy on the palate, strong, drying tannins and notes of blackberry, chocolatey earth and a touch of medicine. Nice acidity with a balanced fruit and earth palate. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • 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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