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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  • 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,...

  • Malbec

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

  • 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...

  • 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 Baigorri

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

  • Bodegas Primicia

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

  • 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 Marques de Caceres

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

  • 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

  • Hopefully you were just having a moment there Red, as we'd obviously like ... ... in that $10-20 range. Rioja from Spain and Chianti Classico form Italy are two examples of really good and solid red wine you can find in that price range. I've even had some really nice White Rioja by CVNE for about $ Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!

  • Red,I'm just a guy in Canada who knows what he likes.  I drink quite a ... ... what you thought of some Rioja you found at Total Wine.  That kind of thing is predominantly what goes on her Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!

  • I think you have some good wines but it's not because I've had those ... it was so great in Napa and Rioja and Ribera del Duero, which I was more interested in. I'd probably drink that one already. It was a vintage that a lot of restaurants picked up. When those wines actually came on the market after bottling, people already knew that the 199... Read More

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  • Montebuena Rioja 2012


    No written review

    Wine review by doublefantasy

  • Campo Viejo Rioja Tempranillo 2013


    Rough finish. Read More

    Wine review by jrobinson411

  • Antano Rioja Crianza 2012


    These modern Spanish wines continue to impress me for the value and quality combination most sought after by rational consumers (if I may be so bold). This inexpensive Crianza has more forward oak (hence tannin) on the palate, with cranberry and cherry in fair abundance. The nose has similar fruit characteristics. A very popular, every day win... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Pata Negra Reserva Rioja Doca 2010


    Decanter Magazine's over the top score for this modestly priced Rioja seems to have gotten some attention; it certainly got mine. The wine itself is inviting: the bouquet exudes a whiff of oak initially, but is dominated by dark fruit such as ripe cherry, medicinal herbs, cedar and cake spices. The entry is pleasant, with vanilla, cherry on th... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Rio Madre Rioja 2013


    No written review

    Wine review by doublefantasy

  • Wine Pleasures has published the results for its annual wine ... in Empordà, La Rioja & Valencia. Some interesting retail prices too amongst the 50 Greats ranging from 9 Euros to 50 Euros making Cava a luxury you can afford whenever you wish.Those looking to splurge on long aged Cava (Cava Grand Reserva) should try and get their hands on prize ... Read More

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  • Got off work late so I opened a trusty daily drinker. This Rioja has a big flowery nose, good balance of acidity and tannins with a solid medium finish. For $10-11 it's a really good daily drinker.  Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?

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