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

  • 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...

  • 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"...

  • 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,...

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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...

  • Castillo Labastida

    Labastida Wineries and Vineyards combines the traditional wine-making ethos with the latest techn...

  • Señorío de San Vicente

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

  • Bodegas LAN

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

  • 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...

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Rioja on Snooth

  • I'm starting to think that I should go visit Stephen down under; the wines ... cellar - the 2006 Beronia Rioja Grand Reserva.  We got the last bottle from their current stock and boy was it nice with my rack of lamb and Sandra's hanger steak.  Very nice da Read More

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  • Cune Reserva 2012

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    Decidedly modern when first opened with dark fruits, moderate acidity and very ... good but not your fathers Rioj Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Stephen, any comments on the Aussie wines and their prices towards the top of ... top of ... de Heredia 1976 Rioja Gran Reserva Tondonia Blanco  |  1 in stock  |  $199.99 Lopez de Heredia 1984 Rioja Gravonia Blanco  |  1 in stock  |  $84.99 López de Heredia 1994 Rioja Gran Reserva Tondonia 75% Tempranillo, 15% Garnacha, and 10% Mazuelo and Gr... Read More

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  • Definitely recognizing the Togni as on the younger side, even the CT notes ... ... etc.CVNE! Finally some older Rioja in my possession. 2019 would also put this one at 25, old enough to get a rate drop on auto insuranc Read More

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  • I stopped by my favorite wine shop today, which isn't my normal Cat ... ... 2009 Nucerro Reserva from Rioja for under $20 and although I haven't opened it yet, I sure hope it's decent.  They don't identify the varietal(s) on the label other than saying it's a red blend, but the review I linked identified it as Tempranillo (as expected).  That ... Read More

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  • Marques de Caceres Rioja Crianza 2012

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    Gift? Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Lan Rioja Reserva 2010

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    Not your classical Rioja. Ripe with median acid with some rather biting tannin. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Bodegas Urbina Reserva Especial 2001

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    No written review

    Wine review by jazie


  • Antano Rioja Reserva 2009

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    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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