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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Popular wines made in Rioja under $20

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Varietals Produced in Rioja View all

  • 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,...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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

Popular Wineries in Rioja View all

  • Bodegas El Coto

    It is located in Oyón (Álava), with a total surface of 110.000 m2, more than 50.000 of which are ...

  • 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 Muriel

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

  • Bodegas Olarra, S.A,

    Bodegas Olarra is located on the outskirts of Logroño, right in the heart of the Denominación de ...

  • Bodegas Marques de Caceres

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

  • Marqués de Riscal

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

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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

  • Palacios Remondo La Montesa Rioja 2012 2012


    No written review

    Wine review by puhnner

  • Lopez de Haro Rioja Reserva 2005


    Bouquet of dried fruits and tobacco, hint of spice, dry, silky smooth and lingering tannins. Very drinkable and great value. Read More

    Wine review by Blinky

  • Well, most of those were from Cali, and I've had and liked most. I ordered ... ... Asimov praised a rioja (2004 Vina Ardanza Reserva) in a tasting column and it got top honors.  I already had a bottle given to me as a gift for under $20.  The price went to $24 same day, and eventually to $29.  When the 2010 Donjon CdP got high marks from RP, ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Your fave Cab under $20?!

  • Well, we can list lots of under or near to $20 cabs, and I think many have been ... well aged Gran Reserva from Rioja for $20 on Friday.  I also bought a bunch of Monsanto CCR for less than $18.  I bought a Cali Graciano (Rioja's better grape, but hard to grow) for $16. I've got tons of recos for under $20 wines that get 90 of whoever's points.... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Your fave Cab under $20?!

  • Senorio de P. Pecina Rioja Crianza O 2007


    This wine is classic Rioja that in 2014 still needs aeration to get the full earthy and leathery tones out of it. Not for casual sipping but perfect with red sauces and fat to be really appreciated. Bargain in my mind. Read More

    Wine review by listmanj

  • Sounds really exciting, Rioja is one of the destinations in my bucket list, great wines, enjoy! Read More

    Forum post in the topic Traveling to Ribera and Rioja

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  • Marques de Caceres Rioja Blanco 2012


    White Rioja - 12% alcohol, Light Straw color, very bright and fresh, an initial white pepper/basil with pear and green apple. Dry but rather silky with a long finish of lemon and a hint of cedar. Great balanced acidity. Goes very well alone or with food - and at this price point, a steal. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

  • No suggestions of a particular nature, just enjoy the beauty of the region and, of course (but never least) the great wines of each region.  I admit to loving Spain though I have not travelled there as much as I would like... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Traveling to Ribera and Rioja

  • Have a good time Manny...of course the Greg's would know best here.Riscal ... smaller to medium Bodegas in Rioja...have had good bottles from Roda and Luberr Read More

    Forum post in the topic Traveling to Ribera and Rioja

  • 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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