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

  • 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,...

  • 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...

  • Graciano

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

  • Malbec

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

Subregions of Rioja

Popular Wineries in Rioja View all

  • Señorío de San Vicente

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

  • 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 LAN

    Year… 1972. Bodegas LAN is founded and named after the initials of the 3 provinces in the Rioja D...

  • Bodegas Beronia

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

  • 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

  • Baigorri Reserva 2004

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    No written review

    Wine review by ecord


  • Compañía Bodeguera de Valenciso Rioja Reserva 2001

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    No written review

    Wine review by popujulian


  • Zolo Torrontés Famatina Valley 2007

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    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

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    No written review

    Wine review by diablo58


  • Marqués de Riscal Tempranillo Blend Rioja Reserva 1999

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    No written review

    Wine review by diablo58


  • Marques de Arienzo Gran Reserve Rioja 1995

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    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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