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

  • Grenache

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

Subregions of Rioja

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  • Bodegas Ramón Bilbao

    Bodegas Ramón Bilbao was established in 1924 by wine trader Ramón Bilbao Murga in the Rioja re...

  • Señorío de San Vicente

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

  • Bodegas Beronia

    Bodegas Beronia is a winery in Rioja founded in 1973 by a group from the local gastronomic soci...

  • Bodegas LAN

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

  • Bodegas Sierra Cantabria

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

  • 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...

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  • MJ - What's the price of that 2012 Buoncristiani? Can you still find ... bottles of my favorite 2006 Rioja wine ($30 each); this is around $55 at The Wine House when we dine there.  I'm grilling lamb chops in a few minutes and Sandra will be grilling her Mahi Mahi fish.  Perhaps not the best food / wine pairing but I really wanted to taste it ... Read More

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  • Agreed Amour. There's no harm to it and often a nice upside.D - I ... ... which they called Hermitage, Rioja was getting hit by the phylloxera that had hit the other countries, Chianti was not much lauded and Brunello didn't get beyond the confines of the producer's vineyard, and the world's most prized wines were the sweet ones from Germany, ... Read More

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  • EM - Great job figuring that out.  Yes, it makes sense now and he grabbed ... wine was the 2014 Faustino Rioja that you see below.  Quite decent with my meat dishes, but it didn't get good review from what I can find.  Oh, my flatbread was a nice beef short rib and cheddar item. &nbs Read More

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  • D - thanks for the adviceI found some a reasonably cheap temp blend from Rioja - might go with  Oranges as plenty around and nice and sweet at the moment and throw in either plums or peachesI presume a generous dash of brandy with either ginger ale or soda water [thoughts?] Read More

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  • Mindiarte Tempranillo Rioja 2012

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    Way too dry for tempranillo. Price was nice, but there are better wines on the market for this price point. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • Just a note to add.  The bartender gave me that glass and he was not one ... up with a glass of red wine (Rioja for me, Chianti for Sandra), along with a pizza nearby before we rode the Metro back home.  Nice evening after watching the grand kids for 5 hours earlier in the da Read More

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  • Carlos Serres Rioja Old Vines Tempranillo 2015

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    Soft blackberry and cherry aromas with light flowers and a touch of black pepper on the nose. Light fruit notes of cranberry and cherry with a concentrated tar and spicy earth finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Valserrano Mazuelo 2009

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    Very much an earthy nose. Quite big under the palate. Some black fuitsurprisingly similar to the currant of Cabernet Sauvignonon entry. Still some very serious tannin mid-palate. A very pleasant suggestion of vanilla (oak?) towards the rear palate. Interestingly, enough, after a few sips, the tannin is less noticeable and the wine seems to ... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • True to my word (in another thread), here is the non-tempranillo from Rioja. I don't normally post pictures of the back label, but this one is a bit interesting. Acccording to Wikepedia, Mazuelo is more than similar to Carignane.  It is Carignane.  Interesting.I think this one is much easier to drink than most California versions that I have tri... Read More

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  • Continue the research. May be some dark horses from areas that are ordinarily ... ... and Gran Reservas from Rioja are also good for that vintage. GregT can provide more detailed info about other Spanish alternatives. I've had tasty Vega Sicilia Unicos from that year but that vintage is now nearly twice the price of the LaLas.I'd also conside... Read More

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  • 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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