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

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  • Bodegas Muriel

    Bodegas Muriel markets the brands Muriel, Vina Muriel, Baron de Barbon, Solariego, El Somo and Mo...

  • Bodegas Primicia

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

  • 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 Roda

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

  • 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...

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Rioja on Snooth

  • Paul, I'd like your thoughts on the La Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza and the Alberdi too if you have tried it. Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?

  • A couple of Zins:A Cotes du Rousillon:A Chilean Pinot Noir:And lastly a 2008 Rioja Reserva:A fairly nice haul Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?

  • El Belisario Tempranillo Rioja 2010


    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002

  • Marques de Caceres Rioja Blanco Joven 2014


    Pale gold color. Green apple in the nose. Read More

    Wine review by rkeeler440

  • La Yunta Torrontes Famatina Valley Argentina 2015


    Perfumed wildflower aromas with notes of peach, apple and pear. A bit simple on the palate, but light and clean with notes of pear and apple, juicy and fresh and pleasant with a bit of an earthy finish. Easy and breezy. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • I enjoyed a few movies yesterday while Sandra took the Metro into the district ... 6 PM, was this old favorite Rioja and grilled pork chops.  Very tasty.  Our oldest kitty Julieanne joined me once I built a fire.  She loves the warmth of a nice fir Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines - Post Pictures...

  • Rio Madre Rioja Tempranillo 2014


    Good amount of sediment. Full bodied. Missing tempranillo sweetness. It got buried in the complexity. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899

  • La Puerta Famatina Valley Argentina 'Classico' Torrontes 2016


    it was relatively pleasant notwithstanding something seemed to be missing but insignificant enough to be ignored Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor

  • We dined at The Wine House again this evening, but it didn't turn out too ... our favorite bottle (2006 Rioja Grand Reserva).  We had her meal boxed up and headed home, with a half-bottle of wine along for the ride.  We have tickets for a dance performance at George Mason University that are now wasted, so that's $86 out the window.  Oh well. ... Read More

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  • I see where the black slate comes from.  I recently tried a red from ... ... ... body than the wines from Rioj Read More

    Forum post in the topic The 2018 "UNDER 20" Tasting.....

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