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...

  • 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"...

  • 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...

  • Malbec

    History of the grape: Some believe Malbec is named after a Hungarian peasant who spread plantings along the French co...

Subregions of Rioja

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  • 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...

  • Marqués de Riscal

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

  • Viña Valoria

    It is an old wine cellar, whose background dates from 1860, that decided to expand and modify its...

  • Viña Ijalba

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

  • 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...

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Rioja on Snooth

  • Vina Pomal Rioja Reserva 2010


    No written review

    Wine review by Teppo

  • So I can't open mine till everyone gets theirs, right?  This is going ... ... drinks great young) or Rioja (which gets released late).  That's why it was so great when that '98 Fontanafredda Paiagallo landed.  It was perfect for what I wanted to put together for Lucha/Marty.I guess there's BPWines or Benchmark or Winebid. Read More

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  • Do you have muleys over there or is that a behemoth black or whitetail? ... ... and a C9dP or Syrah, too. Rioja calling. Want balance and not too much oak, as always, though some OK. Grilling them over wood? Depending on how you sauce the ribs plenty of other wines, too. If a Burg I'd go for a Pommard. Hell, maybe one of Turley's CA PNs, too. ... Read More

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  • Whitetail, buck,  8 points, a little chewy now as pictured (but still ... ... going to try Syrah and maybe Rioja on this one. No Oz, no hind ti Read More

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  • I stopped at Total Wine in the middle of my Cat Tuesday to use a $10 coupon (on ... ... love this 2006 Beronia Rioja Gran Reserva - had it in a restaurant twice for around $5 Read More

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  • Very nice price for what appears to be a decent cab.  Last night we ... ... up with this 2008 Vina Real Rioja Grand Reserva for about $67.  We liked it very muc Read More

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  • Vega Roja Rioja Spain Viura Blanco 2015


    one of the smoothest whites I have tried with a pleasant ride across the palate Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor

  • Rioja Vega S. A. Tempranillo Blend Rioja Crianza 2008


    rich plummy fruits and slight spices Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim

  • Montecillo Rioja Reserva 2010


    No written review

    Wine review by tcrobin

  • Montecillo Rioja Reserva 2010


    Gift from Jessica. 10/2016. Read More

    Wine review by raindance

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