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

  • 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...

  • Macabeo

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

  • Torrontes

    Torrontes is really three closely related grape varieties -- Torrontés Riojano, the most common, Torrontés Sanjuanino...

  • Grenache

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

Subregions of Rioja

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  • Bodegas Primicia

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

  • Bodegas Ramón Bilbao

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

  • Bodegas Muriel

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

  • Viña Ijalba

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

  • Bodegas Baigorri

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

  • 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...

    Comment by 255446neale1 255446 neale1


  • Rioja Crianza. Ramon Bilbao 2011

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    love this: soft tannins, black cherries/berries, light oak Read More

    Wine review by noaer


  • Vina Ijalba Rioja Livor Tempranillo 2012

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    This seemed like an unusual rioja to me. It is pretty sweet and heavy, with some complexity. Fruit syrup, a dash of yeast, a little citrus. Good. Read More

    Wine review by Slipstream


  • Campo Viejo Rioja Tempranillo 2013

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    Grate! Read More

    Wine review by oldhare


  • Casado Morales Rioja Eme Graciano 2009

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    Dark almost black plum color in the glass. Musty, smoky nose with hints of black fruit. Almost cabernet-like flavors on the tonguecassiswith some spiciness. Since the Cabernet Sauvignon comparison has been made, this is not as full-bodied as thatmore in the range of a Syrah. Some hints of anise flavor, and some black cherry. Moderate acid an... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Can't believe I missed this thread.  I think of life as a series of ... ... habits from Bordeaux to Rioja or sherry or whatever.)I believe all they say about tea, but as an American, the violent and quick effects of coffee seem more appropriate to my morning than the finesse and delicacy of tea.&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Coffee & Tea


  • Simple and inexpensive is the theme tonight, but also plenty tasty. Reminds me ... more bright fruit.2013 CVNE Rioja Blanco, mainly from the Viura grap Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • I don't think I have anything prior to the turn of the century.  We ... 2005.Good to hear the 1960 Rioja was pretty good, G Read More

    Forum post in the topic German Wine Law


  • Well, 2005 was a good or great year in many parts of the world so that was a ... ... 60 years, some of those Riojas will be better than that 1960. But for most of Spain, both north and South and much of France, 2005 was a great vintage. Pretty good in Germany, Austria, and much of Italy too, as well as CA and WA. So 2005s from Rioja and Riber... Read More

    Forum post in the topic German Wine Law


  • Day 2 update:I think the biggest takeaway from this trip is going to be...It ... as a blending grape in the Rioja, the varietal really stands up on its own here in Lodi. The tannins keep a white-knuckle grip on the palate. This helps underscore the anthocyanidin-rich fruits (think blueberries and blackberries.) Rose and oat permeate the finish... Read More

    Forum post in the topic A Journey through Lodi


  • Somehow I don't think that 1960 Rioja wine will be at it's prime.  How did it turn out? Read More

    Forum post in the topic German Wine Law


  • 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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