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...

  • Graciano

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

  • Macabeo

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

  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

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...

  • Bodegas Baigorri

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

  • Viña Ijalba

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

  • Bodegas Ramón Bilbao

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

  • 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 ...

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Rioja on Snooth

  • I think I'm set on a Rioja but am having a hard time choosing between these two. Which one do you think would be more approachable Al?1996 R. López de Heredia Rioja Blanco Reserva Viña Tondonia1994 R. López de Heredia Rioja Gran Reserva Viña Tondonia Read More

    Forum post in the topic Secret Santa 2015

  • R. Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia Reserva Rioja 2003


    There's a bit of age on this now and it's starting to show beautifully with fine fruit notes of bright cherry and strawberry with cinnamon spice and more savory worcestershire and black molasses as well. This is quite soft in the mouth, with plenty of fruit left to fill the palate, mostly cherry and strawberry with lots of loamy clay and earth f... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Drinking a Lake Chelan Tempranillo.  Barrel treatment make the character ... to a Reserva or Gran Reserva Rioj Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?

  • Hello DMCKER,Thanks for your message. I can absolutely understand that you ... ... not only restricted to La Rioja, Bordeaux, the Loire Valley, or even Napa.What is travelling the Douro Valley all about?The Quintas (estates)I am here to speak about what makes the Douro Valley unique, showing you what it is like to travel through the oldest dem... Read More

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  • Martín Códax Tempranillo Rioja Ergo 2010


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    Wine review by smuratore

  • Campo Viejo Tempranillo Rioja Crianza 2007


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    Wine review by smuratore

  • La Rioja Alta S.A. Rioja Gran Reserva Cosecha 1994


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    Wine review by smuratore

  • Conde de Valdemar Rioja Rosado 2013


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    Wine review by martins2002

  • Bodegas Martin Codax Ergo Tempranillo 2012


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    Wine review by higdog

  • Lan Crianza 2010


    Upon initial bottle opening, the nose was off. When it sat for a while, the flavor blended and it had some good staying power in the fridge. Decant. Would buy again. Red and black fruit, nice tannin. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899

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