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"...

  • Malbec

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Graciano

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

  • Tempranillo

    History of the grape: Origins of Tempranillo are murky. It could be indigenous to the Spanish countryside, or it coul...

  • 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 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 El Coto

    It is located in Oyón (Álava), with a total surface of 110.000 m2, more than 50.000 of which are ...

  • Marqués de Vargas

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

  • 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...

  • Bodegas Marques de Caceres

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

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Rioja on Snooth

  • Deobriga Rioja 2004


    No written review

    Wine review by bunchie

  • Zolo Torrontés Famatina Valley 2007


    Found this bargain white a delightful surprise with its fresh floral bright tones, ever-so-slight sweet edge, undertones of a herb garden in May, and a delicate pleasing mouthfeel. It was in my upscale supermarket's single row of chilled whites and I took a chance for $10. Glad I did; pair with appertizers for the beginning of a party or a fruit... Read More

    Wine review by rare primitivo

  • Orobio Tinto 2005


    very nice, medium body, Dry finish Read More

    Wine review by B Fry

  • Martín Códax Tempranillo Rioja Ergo 2005


    No written review

    Wine review by Alleigh

  • Bodegas Muga Tempranillo Blend Rioja Reserva 2004


    No written review

    Wine review by espiers

  • Artadi Viñas de Gain # 2005


    No written review

    Wine review by BrandonA

  • Bodegas Bilbaínas Vicuana 2003


    Gorgeous dark garnet in color, this Rioja is a bit thin across the palette; however, it is very tastey, lively and fresh - pomegranate, cameo apple, blackberry. Light tannins. Read More

    Wine review by anneliese

  • Viña Villabuena Rioja Viña Izadi Reserva 2001


    No written review

    Wine review by monikamcd

  • Martín Códax Tempranillo Rioja Ergo 2005


    Lots of fruit up front but finishes less sweet. It didn't really show as a sipping wine but was a dead on match for hot dogs. I suspect it will go nicely with sausage or cured meats. Read More

    Wine review by JamesR

  • Sonsierra Joven Rioja 2006


    Acentone on the nose, doesnt bode well, but for a wine this cheap its fairly drinkable - simple, fruity, light and easy drinking. There's some earth on the finish, and while its a little hot, licoricey, and tart its ok. Again, fine for the price. Read More

    Wine review by 1Philip James 1 Philip James

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