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"...

  • 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...

  • 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 Beronia

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

  • Bodegas Muriel

    Bodegas Muriel markets the brands Muriel, Vina Muriel, Baron de Barbon, Solariego, El Somo and Mo...

  • 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...

  • Castillo Labastida

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

  • 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...

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Rioja on Snooth

  • Campo Viejo Tempranillo Blend Rioja Crianza 2004

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    An earthy, herbal, lightly tannic nose, leading to a dry, leathery yet fruity wine. Its pretty predictable, but alright. Mainly the dry tannins and cedar come through, but there are some plums and licorice notes too. Read More

    Wine review by 1Philip James 1 Philip James


  • Bodegas Palacio El Portico 2004

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    No written review

    Wine review by shot2pieces


  • Montecillo Gran Riserva 2001

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    This wine is a medium-full bodied wine, but packs a bite. It comes across a little sour after a few seconds, but makes for a very interesting flavor and finish. Paired very well with beef filets and asparagus from the grill. Great mouth feel without the 'film' of some European wines. Read More

    Wine review by coryhwhite357


  • Marques de Caceres Crianza Carte Blanca Rioja Doca 2005

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    No written review

    Wine review by mtafc


  • Telmo Rodriguez M2 Red 2004

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    I really like this wine. It is warm and velvety, with dark inviting fruit. It has that spanish flair that adds to any meal involving a perfectly prepared red meat. Not so heavy as to linger in your mouth, but stays long enough to allow the flavor to open up on your tongue with a sip and inhalation. I try to keep one of these on hand, but we keep... Read More

    Wine review by HB Carter


  • Deobriga Rioja 2004

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    No written review

    Wine review by bunchie


  • Zolo Torrontés Famatina Valley 2007

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    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

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    very nice, medium body, Dry finish Read More

    Wine review by B Fry


  • Martín Códax Tempranillo Rioja Ergo 2005

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    No written review

    Wine review by Alleigh


  • Bodegas Muga Tempranillo Blend Rioja Reserva 2004

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    No written review

    Wine review by espiers


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