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...

  • 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,...

  • 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...

Subregions of Rioja

Popular Wineries in Rioja View all

  • Bodegas Sierra Cantabria

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

  • Herederos Del Marques de Riscal

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

  • 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 Primicia

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

  • Marques de Murrieta Ygay

    Marques de Murrieta is a family business in an almost "romantic" sense of the world. This project...

  • 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

  • Bodegas del Marqués de Vargas Tempranillo Blend Rioja Reserva 2007

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    Wine review by mcrawford2


  • 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


  • DV - Triton Tridente is from Zamora, a little west of Toro. It's dry and ... more rustic than those from Rioja - the idea is to tame the bull (Toro) and Zamora is like the kid brother of Toro. The Termanthia is one of the three or four best wines from Toro, but it's not like Rioja. The producers however, have been making wine in Rioja for a lo... Read More

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  • Have enjoyed several versions over the years, but I always go back to the ... ... ... or tempranillo  [rioja]) and even the likes of sherry and port. Perhaps most often in that sauce have it either with pasta, or serve it as an accompanying side dish to cross-sliced steak malagasy (green and pink pepper and port wine sauce), and at parties ke... Read More

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  • Lindeman,Where are you? (State).http://www.totalwine.com/eng/product/muga-rioja-reserva-unfiltered/59978750check this one out.  For me in BC it's $29, but for you it's only $20.  This is really nice and something I'd recommend versus spending fifty at the moment. Read More

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