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...

  • Grenache

    You’re a member of the ‘Rhône Ranger’ band. Your groupies think you’re ‘hot’, even when you're boozy and "strung out"...

  • 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...

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...

  • Bodegas El Coto

    It is located in Oyón (Álava), with a total surface of 110.000 m2, more than 50.000 of which are ...

  • Bodegas Sierra Cantabria

    The Eguren family, generation after generation since 1870, have been dedicated to grape growing a...

  • Bodegas Ondarre,S.A.

    Bodegas Ondarre, founded in 1986, belongs to the Bodegas Olarra Group, one of the most famous nam...

  • Bodegas Marques de Caceres

    The name of this wine. Marques de Caceres was lent by D. Vicente Noguera y Espinosa de los Monter...

  • Marqués de Vargas

    Winery The winery Marqués de Vargas was built in 1989 on the Hacienda Pradolagar Estate in Lo...

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Rioja on Snooth

  • Campo Viejo Rioja Tempranillo 2013


    Grate! Read More

    Wine review by oldhare

  • Casado Morales Rioja Eme Graciano 2009


    Dark almost black plum color in the glass. Musty, smoky nose with hints of black fruit. Almost cabernet-like flavors on the tonguecassiswith some spiciness. Since the Cabernet Sauvignon comparison has been made, this is not as full-bodied as thatmore in the range of a Syrah. Some hints of anise flavor, and some black cherry. Moderate acid an... Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Can't believe I missed this thread.  I think of life as a series of ... ... habits from Bordeaux to Rioja or sherry or whatever.)I believe all they say about tea, but as an American, the violent and quick effects of coffee seem more appropriate to my morning than the finesse and delicacy of tea.&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Coffee & Tea

  • Simple and inexpensive is the theme tonight, but also plenty tasty. Reminds me ... more bright fruit.2013 CVNE Rioja Blanco, mainly from the Viura grap Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?

  • I don't think I have anything prior to the turn of the century.  We ... 2005.Good to hear the 1960 Rioja was pretty good, G Read More

    Forum post in the topic German Wine Law

  • Well, 2005 was a good or great year in many parts of the world so that was a ... ... 60 years, some of those Riojas will be better than that 1960. But for most of Spain, both north and South and much of France, 2005 was a great vintage. Pretty good in Germany, Austria, and much of Italy too, as well as CA and WA. So 2005s from Rioja and Riber... Read More

    Forum post in the topic German Wine Law

  • Day 2 update:I think the biggest takeaway from this trip is going to be...It ... as a blending grape in the Rioja, the varietal really stands up on its own here in Lodi. The tannins keep a white-knuckle grip on the palate. This helps underscore the anthocyanidin-rich fruits (think blueberries and blackberries.) Rose and oat permeate the finish... Read More

    Forum post in the topic A Journey through Lodi

  • Somehow I don't think that 1960 Rioja wine will be at it's prime.  How did it turn out? Read More

    Forum post in the topic German Wine Law

  • Yep. It's a charitable donation. Just like the 1960 Rioja I'm going to open in a few hours. Read More

    Forum post in the topic German Wine Law

  • Cune Monopole White Rioja 2014


    Light aromas of white peach and lemon are framed with a petrol edge. Slightly oily in the mouth, yet thin with predominantly citrus flavors of lemon and a nutty hint on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

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