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

  • Graciano

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

  • Tempranillo

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Macabeo

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

  • Torrontes

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

  • 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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  • 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 Palacios Remondo

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

  • Bodegas Beronia

    Bodegas Beronia is a winery in Rioja founded in 1973 by a group from the local gastronomic soci...

  • Bodegas Baigorri

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

  • Castillo Labastida

    Labastida Wineries and Vineyards combines the traditional wine-making ethos with the latest techn...

  • Bodegas Sierra Cantabria

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

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Rioja on Snooth

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

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  • Cune Monopole White Rioja 2014

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    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

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  • Yes, Jon, I am envious.  I have the Quivet, but I have no Carters.Wow, Al, ... up for a tasting/seminar on Rioja wines at my local TW.  So, I already had a plan to visit the store, last night.When the TWs first started appearing in So. Cal. they would ocassionally offer some amazing coupons such as $10 off for every $50 spent.  So, if you were ... Read More

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  • Bodegas del Marqués de Vargas Tempranillo Blend Rioja Reserva 2005

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  • Bodegas del Marqués de Vargas Tempranillo Blend Rioja Reserva 2007

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  • Bodegas del Marqués de Vargas Tempranillo Blend Rioja Reserva 2007

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  • Marqués de Vargas Rioja Reserva 2009

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  • Emark - nice wines. Monbazillac isn't a region to be sneezed at. It's ... requirements, for example in Rioja and Navarra a crianza needs more time in the cask than elsewhere, but the categories are the same, including Cava. In fact, if you like sparkling wine and you shop carefully, a GR Cava can be a great buy as compared to a more expensive ... Read More

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  • Interesting bottle there Mark. I see it says Crianza on the bottle which I ... ... ... I usually associate with Rioja or Ribera del Duero, yet there isn't any Tempranillo in there. May just be alluding to the aging regimen required in Spain for that classification, and yes, cherry Kool-aid does not sound appetizing in a wineI found another int... Read More

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  • OT speaks volumes.  Coincidentally, JD just drank a Barolo that was really ... bottled (joven or crianza) Rioja aren't great candidates even though their regions are famous for age-worthy wines.  (Exceptions exist.) Similarly, some vintage of a Barolo might last 30+ years with ease, while I recently drank one at 15 (still mature, but hardly old... Read More

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