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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  • 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"...

  • 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...

  • Malbec

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

  • 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 Ramón Bilbao

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

  • Herederos Del Marques de Riscal

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

  • Marqués de Vargas

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

  • Bodegas Beronia

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

  • 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 Olarra, S.A,

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

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Rioja on Snooth

  • Some more dailies -                ... ...       2014 Rioja TempDon't know anything about any of the Read More

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  • Vina Equia Tempranillo Reserva Rioja 2009

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    Wine review by eaglebass


  • Vallobera Javier San Pedro Randez Rioja Spain 2013

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    Very impressed with this wine. Rioja is not always my favorite, it is surpassed by Tempernillo. However, this had a medium mouth feel, black fruit and was well balanced without many tannins. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • Rioja in the 21st Century. 11 Top Wines from Spain A Sit Down Tasting with a Selection of Artisanal Cheeses.Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wine-tasting-rioja-in-the-21st-century-10-top-wines-from-spain-tickets-25600109617Meet fellow wine lovers, taste some great wines and learn about the top wines of Spain, all on a quiet Sunday aftern... Read More

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  • Marques de Riscal Rioja Reserva 2009

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    Very nice Spanish red. Was given as a gift will have to see about buying more for another taste. Read More

    Wine review by anstett


  • Sunday, August 7, 2016 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM Sit Down Tasting with a ... ... Rosé, and White Rioja wines and learn about the tempranillo grape, one of the world's greatest expressions of red wine.We are "taking over" the Pierre Loti Union Square wine bar for this sit-down event. Cheese will be served to go with the wines. And our resident wine e... Read More

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  • You guys are on a nice roll there! Tonight we had a nice low budget but good Crianza Rioja! Very well balanced and easy drinking. Some red fruit on entry, nice acidity and low tannins on the medium finish.  Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Baron de Ley Reserva 95de 2010

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    Wine review by dupes


  • Putting all the statistical analysis aside... I like Manchego!If we're ... ... Albarino or Tampranillo from Rioj Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth! Richie


  • Penfolds St. Henri Shiraz 2012Bodegas LAN Rioja Edicion Limitada 2011Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2011Depending on where you go you may be able to puchase items 1&2 or items 2&3 for under $150.  Read More

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