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

  • 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"...

  • Tempranillo

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

  • Graciano

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

  • 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 Beronia

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

  • Marqués de Vargas

    Winery The winery Marqués de Vargas was built in 1989 on the Hacienda Pradolagar Estate in Lo...

  • Viña Ijalba

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

  • Bodegas Primicia

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

  • Bodegas Marques de Caceres

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

  • Bodegas Roda

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

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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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  • Bodegas Lan Rioja Crianza 2005

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    Wine review by WineyChrissy


  • Castillo de Albai Rioja Reserva 2013

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    I got given this bottle of wine at Christmas and have no idea where my ... it ... it from or any monies paid.Rioja is a prestigious Spanish DO created in 1926. although the history of winemaking in the region goes back to before the Romans,for red,rose and white wines from an area in the north of the country.The region is subdivided into three... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Montecillo Crianza 2011

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    Easy drinking red wine. Would go well with spicy foods or curries. Definitely open early to let it breath. Read More

    Wine review by mrsrhampton


  • Javier San Pedro Randez Viura 2016

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    Trust the back label - it is indeed fresh and loaded. Amazing wine on it's own! Read More

    Wine review by ApelsecS


  • A couple of new ones from Australia:Two Hands Sexy Beast 2015 and - 2016 ... were talking about?The 2011 Rioja Reser Read More

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  • Mark, we've really enjoyed everything Robin Akhurst has produced with his ... ... to share regarding that Rioj Read More

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  • Wow. You guys are drinking well, I'm envious. There was a Super Bowl ... night. I took this Riscal Rioja Reserva and thought it might appeal to a broad range of palate Read More

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  • Randy - The Willamette Valley wines (which includes Dundee Hills) are most ... ... a 2014 Malbec and a 2008 LAN Rioja Grand Reserva.  We really loved the Rioja.&nbs Read More

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  • Coto de Imaz Reserva Rioja 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • A few days ago I was in a Whole Foods market picking up stuff on Sandra's ... ... was about $17 and the Rioja was about $2 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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