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

  • 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...

  • Graciano

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

  • 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...

  • Tempranillo

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

Subregions of Rioja

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  • Viña Ijalba

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

  • Viña Valoria

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

  • Bodegas Primicia

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

  • Bodegas Roda

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

  • Bodegas Muriel

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

  • Bodegas LAN

    Year… 1972. Bodegas LAN is founded and named after the initials of the 3 provinces in the Rioja D...

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Rioja on Snooth

  • 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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  • Cepas Elegidas la Rioja Torrontes 2010

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    Fermented in stainless steel at low temperatures with native yeasts and the aromatics are incredible! It felt like a perfect mix of Chard, Viognier, and Pinot Grigio, crisp yet full in the mouth, with beautiful stone and tropical fruits. Read More

    Wine review by mark


  • Marques de Riscal Rioja Reserva 2009

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    Another one from a lunch at Marcello's. Big, burly, and just wonderful. Very full, dense, round, and smooth. Great complexity of black fruit, smoke, herb,earth, and soft aged oak.Finish goes on and on. Exceptionally priced for this quality. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


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