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 Ondarre,S.A.

    Bodegas Ondarre, founded in 1986, belongs to the Bodegas Olarra Group, one of the most famous nam...

  • Castillo Labastida

    Labastida Wineries and Vineyards combines the traditional wine-making ethos with the latest techn...

  • Marques de Murrieta Ygay

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

  • Marqués de Vargas

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

  • Viña Valoria

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

  • Señorío de San Vicente

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

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Rioja on Snooth

  • 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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  • V V - Glad to hear that 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon was still drinkable.  I am ... too, so those bottles from Rioja look very nice indeed.Here's a few more pictures from our 'Easter Wine' tasting yesterday afternoon at The Wine House in downtown Fairfax, VA.  We had a baguette with a glass of wine after the tasting, then went for a walk and came ba... Read More

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  • RBA - My wife will be happy to hear that other wine enthusiasts share her ... ... QPR wines.  Here is a a Rioja Reserva for 7 bucks.  24 months in American and French Oak Barrels and another year in bottle.  2009 RIoja Reserva for 7 bucks?!  Yep  And it is tasting real nic Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Graciano is thought by some to be the better grape of Rioja, but it's finicky to grow.!By whom?I guess I've had a few, although not many from CA. But I'm interested in those for exactly the reason you mention - sometimes a grape that's not particularly exciting in one place can be very interesting somewhere else. Read More

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  • Bodegas Ondarre Rioja Reserva 2002

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    Wine review by xfer


  • I've had the Graciano (still have a bottle, was bought at slight discount ... to be the better grape of Rioja, but it's finicky to grow.  Interestingly, some problems with grapes like bunch rot and the like (petite sirah's bugbear in France) turn out not to be a big problem in a place where you have low humidity and virtually no rainfall after... Read More

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  • Rio Madre Rioja Graciano 2011

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    From what I read, most rioja's use tempranillo grapes more than graciano, whereas this wine is 100% graciano. I absolutely loved this rioja and it's one of my favorites. Very intense wine, complex, heavy tannins. Would definitely buy again. Read More

    Wine review by alex7ktrc


  • Robo, sounds like your experience with the Rioja was similar to mine, lots of red and black cherry, light tannins and a decent amount of acidity. I was expecting more but wasn't totally disappointed either.RBA, just saw that $60 Malbec on sale on WTSO.com for $20 (minimum 4 bottle purchase) so I think you still got a good deal at $16. Read More

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