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...

  • 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...

  • 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

Popular Wineries in Rioja View all

  • Bodegas Roda

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

  • Señorío de San Vicente

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

  • Bodegas Beronia

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

  • Bodegas Sierra Cantabria

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

  • Marqués de Vargas

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

  • 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

  • Castillo la Bastida Reserva Rioja 1999

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    Wine review by Markus Gruber


  • Marqués de Cáceres Tempranillo Blend Rioja Reserva 2001

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    No written review

    Wine review by LABabble


  • Casa Solar Blanco 2007

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    At the first wiff, it reminded me of a riesling. Soft floral, citrus aroma, maybe picked up on some pineapple. On the tongue, it was definately citrus, soft grapefruit though not pineapple. Would probably be good with something creamy. A little acidic, needed some tums after finishing the bottle. Read More

    Wine review by dkmrd5


  • Labastida Reserva 2001

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    Besides the cherry that dominates the nose, there is a hint of plum and spice. The wine is very fruit forward. The fruit is a mixture of cherry, plum, and fruit jam. The next thing one senses in this medium bodied wine is the spice. This balanced wine has soft tannins, and a rather dry mouth feel. Read More

    Wine review by David Kohl


  • http://www.decanter.com/news/277340.htmlI found this a strange, but fascinating article. "Rioja sales fell by up to 15% in 2008, with Rias Baixas and Castilla-La Mancha reporting marked increases in sales.According to statistics released by DOC Rioja's regulatory board, sales of Gran Reserva in 2008 fell by 14.7%, with Reserva falling 10.4%, and... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Rioja sales plummet,... by 1Philip James 1 Philip James


  • Bodegas Viñedos del Marqués de Vargas Y Rioja Hacienda Pradolagar 2001

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    Amazing wine, worth the price. Goes great with any meal. Perfectly balanced on the palate. If you can find it, try it. Its an experience. Read More

    Wine review by YEYO787


  • Bodegas Saenz de Santamaria Rioja Rondan Crianza Reserva 2001

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    Wine review by Strumerika


  • Marqués de Cáceres Tempranillo Blend Rioja Reserva 2004

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    A relative shared this one afternoon, and it has become a favorite.Just a great red, lends itself to many occasions. Mixed fruits, quick finish and satiny. Read More

    Wine review by mannycorks


  • Listen to me bitch about having to drink delicious RRV pinot and Chard or Dry ... whites, Burgundy, Bordeaux, Rioja's, super tuscans etc.Again, I am looking for high quality in the 20 -50 dollar range, can this be done, I am sure the wines are out there I just don't know where to find them. Any advice would be appreciate Read More

    Forum post in the topic Where to find moderately...


  • Marqués de Cáceres Tempranillo Blend Rioja Reserva 2004

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    Decently good with food. Nothing standing out to make me crave the same wine again... Read More

    Wine review by icefisher85


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