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

  • Grenache

    You’re a member of the ‘Rhône Ranger’ band. Your groupies think you’re ‘hot’, even when you're boozy and "strung out"...

  • Graciano

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

  • 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...

  • Malbec

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

  • Macabeo

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

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...

  • Señorío de San Vicente

    One winery, one wine, one vineyard and one variety. Respecting the tradition which has been p...

  • 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 Beronia

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

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Rioja on Snooth

  • Okay, I still disagree.  We have a good selection of European wines here, ... Thankfully I found a decent Rioja Reserva, but our hosts literally had ONE bottle of wine in their house, some meh Cali chardonnay.  You still can't buy wine in a grocery store in Massachusetts, and a college town like Cambridge should be teeming with good wine store... Read More

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  • Can't find the wine receipt, must have left in on the table. The Rioja was $90, the Durif $140 and the Côte Rôtie was $240.They don't post their list online. Would probably crash the server! Read More

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  • MY FIRST VISIT TO BERN'S STEAKHOUSE - Tampa (4/8/2017)Like any true ... R. López de Heredia Rioja Blanco Viña Tondonia - Spain, La Rioja, La Rioja Alta, RiojaI had ordered a Tuna Tartar with a toasted sesame drizzle as an appetizer and this paired so well it was seamless. Colorwas pale golden. White flowers and sweet caramel on the nose. It st... Read More

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  • DM - They are hard-core Christians.  They spend most of Sunday in church ... ... along with a glass of Rioja Reserva (Tempranillo) for me and Sandra had a wonderful Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa (Freemark Abbey).  Her wine was exceptional and just the sort of cab we love from Nap Read More

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  • Leza Garcia Rioja Gran Reserva 2004

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • V V - Thank you for the chart.  I guess some white wines are built to ... ... ... in full public view.The Rioja region wine was decent but nothing to write home about.  It was only $45 for the bottle in this restaurant.&nbs Read More

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  • Beronia Rioja Reserva 2011

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    Vanilla cream and strawberry preserves on the nose with a chocolate mousse note and violets. A bit drier on the palate with dark chocolate and black currant notes, strong and firm flavors with medium tannin and a smoky earthy finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Baron de Ley Reserva 95de 2010

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    fairly balanced between fruits and oak, and there is thathint of honey and toffee Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Well favourite Daughters 21st went with out too much troubleThe Sangria was ... ... Grenache/Temp blend from Rioja [$7/bottle] + Brandy + castor sugar + cinnamon + lemonade with Oranges, Lemons, Limes and appleWas a big hit and got the party off and runningWhiteVery Cheap Dry White Wine - bit of everything Blend with Vodka, Dry Ginger Ale, Pin... Read More

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  • Campo Viejo 'Rioja' Tempranillo 2014

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    Entry level wine. OK for an introduction to rioja but not something I would search for. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


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