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...

  • Grenache

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Tempranillo

    History of the grape: Origins of Tempranillo are murky. It could be indigenous to the Spanish countryside, or it coul...

  • 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

Popular Wineries in Rioja View all

  • 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...

  • Señorío de San Vicente

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

  • Bodegas Palacios Remondo

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

  • Bodegas Roda

    At this particular moment, Mario Rotllant and Carmen Daurella came to La Rioja, with the passiona...

  • 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 Marques de Caceres

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

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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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  • Antano Rioja Reserva 2009

    Snoothrank:

    Quite darkpretty much, opaquein the glass. Modest barnyard nose. On the tongue I am surprised at the lack of fruitthere is some dark berry fruit there, but it is very light and pretty sour. Lots of dustiness which gives a puckery sensation. What do you expect for Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Had a small BBQ with another couple tonight - sort of a smallish celebration. ... Vina Equia tempranillo based Rioja Reserva.  Beautiful, rich and ladened with dark berry fruits, anise, spice and solid tannins accompanied with juicy acidit Read More

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  • Vina Equia Tempranillo Reserva Rioja 2009

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    In a word rich. Loads of dark berry fruits, anise, earthy notes, green herbals lead to a palate that echos with additional vanilla, red currant and solid framing tannins with great acidity. 90 points - drink now - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • That I would like to try before I die that I have not already had?There are ... Unico, although I've had Rioja wines going back many decades, and I never had the 1982 or 1989 Haut Brion or Petru Read More

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  • Marqués de Riscal Reserva 2011

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    Light fruit on the nose, but, also, some fungal notes. Light red fruit, maybe, plum. on the tip of the tongue. VERY sedate tannins. This one is so easy to drink--no harshness no bitterness. A (minty?) herbal suggestion on the rear palalte. Excellent QPR. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Shelf price:  $16.99.  With my 20% off coupon: $13.59 Is it ... ... for it.Do I hear $20 for my Rioja Reserva?Too late.  I've popped it.A very pleasant wine.  Light red fruit on entry.  Very mellow on the tannin.  So, it goes down pretty easily--no harshness or bitterness.  I bit of an herbal hint on the rear palate--mint?&nbs Read More

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  • The words 'higher quality' seem a little subjective to me. In Rioja in Spain or Chianti in Italy the words 'reserva' or Grande reserva' indicate time the wine has spent in oak barrels which is a matter of fact rather than opinion Read More

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  • Al - it means nothing legally in the US. Jess Jackson made himself a ... ... nothing to do with a reserve Rioja. And because the requirement in Rioja has to do with aging, people are making non-reserve wines and selling them at higher prices than the reserves, calling them things like Vendimia Seleccionada, Roble, Viñas Viejas, or something of... Read More

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  • Emark - you're right to a large extent, and there's a LOT of swill in ... from Marques de Riscal in Rioja, you can get the reserve for around $15. They've been making wine since the 1800s and aren't amortizing any of their acquisition costs any more. And that cheap wine can age for years. We don't have anything comparable.Yet. Maybe in time we... Read More

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  • Great time with my "Somm Ladies" tasting a good variety of ... Conte ... ... Conte Valdemar '15 - Rioja Rosé• Château d'Aqueria '14 - Tavel Rosé• Domaine Queylus '13 - Pinot Noir• Reif Estates '14 - Pinot Noir• Domaine Queylus '12 - Merlot/Cabinet Franc• Casal Garcia Duoro '15Honorable mentions: • River Road ' 15 - Cabernet• River Road ' 16 - ... 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...

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  • why i can't find rioja olagosa reserva 2005 in Marbella whole sale

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