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...

  • Tempranillo

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

  • Torrontes

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

  • Macabeo

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

  • 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"...

Subregions of Rioja

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  • Herederos Del Marques de Riscal

    Wines of the Herederos de Marqués de Riscal has always been a leading and pioneering company in t...

  • Bodegas Palacios Remondo

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

  • Bodegas Olarra, S.A,

    Bodegas Olarra is located on the outskirts of Logroño, right in the heart of the Denominación de ...

  • Viña Ijalba

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

  • Marques de Murrieta Ygay

    Marques de Murrieta is a family business in an almost "romantic" sense of the world. This project...

  • Bodegas Ramón Bilbao

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

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Rioja on Snooth

  • Al,First off, I recommend NOT eating hot dogs.  Ever.  If you do eat ... eat ... No wine.As for the Rioja, in Spain they have laws about how old certain wines have to be before being released (Greg can chime in if I spew misinformation here).  Tempranillo is often aged for at least six years.  Lots of it, for some weird reason, has this gold ... Read More

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  • DV - good eyes, the botle with the wire is a 2002 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva. Not an overly expensive bottle (~$35) but one of my older ones, so it gets a seat on the special shelf.  Read More

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  • This is just me, and I'm a weirdo, but I doubt I'd go see a game with ... shelf.  Maybe a 2000 Rioj Read More

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  • DV - How did you guess on that Rioja?Can anyone recommend a wine pairing with hot dogs?  Read More

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  • "I'm now contemplating turning our bonus room into a wine ... yourself.)Or you can buy Rioja, where they have the decency to age the stuff for your.  Latour has promised to do the same gong forward, but the price is kind of prohibitive Read More

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  • Hazana Rioja Reserva Bodegas Abanico 2008


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    Wine review by martins2002

  • Inspiracion Valdemar Maturana 2008


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    Wine review by martins2002

  • Well, I really wanted to take it down to Florida, but no visit is in the cards ... ... side as compared to say, Rioja. Opened up nicely over a few hours. It was slightly more acidic and less herbal than the Cab, which is exactly what you'd expect, but it had similar body. If I'd had wines like these in the tasting, I'd have done much better. A... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Very very nice... Wanna Share??

  • Torres Ibericos Rioja 2011


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    Wine review by gmb468

  • Marques de Riscal Tempranillo Frank Gehry Selection 2009


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    Wine review by doublefantasy

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