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

  • 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...

  • Torrontes

    Torrontes is really three closely related grape varieties -- Torrontés Riojano, the most common, Torrontés Sanjuanino...

  • Grenache

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

  • Macabeo

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

  • Graciano

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

Subregions of Rioja

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  • Bodegas Roda

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

  • Marques de Murrieta Ygay

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

  • Viña Ijalba

    Built in 1991, with a modernist style, it is provided with the best existing technology in the ma...

  • Bodegas Palacios Remondo

    Palacios focused his efforts on the Crianza, La Montesa, a Garnacha-based blend from south-faci...

  • Bodegas Olarra, S.A,

    Bodegas Olarra is located on the outskirts of Logroño, right in the heart of the Denominación de ...

  • Marqués de Riscal

    Wines of the Herederos de Marqués de Riscal has always been a leading and pioneering company i...

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Rioja on Snooth

  • Baigorri Reserva 2004


    Incredibly dark, ruby red in color in with an aromatic and floral nose showing rich red roses, bright dark cherries and just a touch of tanned leather. Really a lovely, dense and layered nose that is not mimicked in the same way on the palate. Although lovely in texture, with smooth fine tannins and great acidity, flavors are more demure showing... Read More

    Wine review by 40433gabriellaopaz 40433 gabriellaopaz

  • Bai Gorri Maceracioc Carbonica 2007


    Dark and clean mulberry red in color with a medium cherry rim. Big aromatic nose with lush dark berry aromas wrapped in a fresh notes of clove and red rose. Beware as this wine shows a definite bite in the mouth, like chewing on a raw black peppers. This slowly chills to show more mineral and slate notes with a nice lingering mulberry and stewed... Read More

    Wine review by 40433gabriellaopaz 40433 gabriellaopaz

  • Baigorri Reserva 2004


    Darker color to this reserva and a nose that makes me think I'm in bordeaux with a spanish mistress. Pencil lead, and anise spice with an undercurrent of dark fruit. Really bold and walking with a foot in today and a foot in the yesterday. Lush in the mouth at first I feel like I'm old spain with rusitc flavors and yet as I swallow a bright note... Read More

    Wine review by 27831ryanopaz 27831 ryanopaz

  • Bai Gorri Maceracioc Carbonica 2007


    Bright red color on this wine with a nose that fresh and alive. Really enjoy it when a wine opens like this right away with some complexity. Sour cherry with a bit of funk, and a lightly stewed quality. In the mouth that freshness carries through with a great big acidty. Light acridness on the finish combines with a ton of minerals, while the fr... Read More

    Wine review by 27831ryanopaz 27831 ryanopaz

  • Bodegas Muga Tempranillo Blend Rioja Reserva 2004


    No written review

    Wine review by ecord

  • Compañía Bodeguera de Valenciso Rioja Reserva 2001


    No written review

    Wine review by popujulian

  • Zolo Torrontés Famatina Valley 2007


    Lovely floral and herbaceous nose. Bright acidity with a wonderful long finish. Most excellent value! Read More

    Wine review by cookypuss1

  • Campo Viejo Tempranillo Blend Rioja Crianza 1999


    No written review

    Wine review by diablo58

  • Marqués de Riscal Tempranillo Blend Rioja Reserva 1999


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    Wine review by diablo58

  • Marques de Arienzo Gran Reserve Rioja 1995


    When I first drank it, I thought a bottle of this wine would cost $50 up. For my surprise, even the price is awesome...The best wine around! I just love it Read More

    Wine review by crisloveswine

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