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 Sierra Cantabria

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

  • Bodegas Baigorri

    "Bodegas Baigorri bases its work on a value of duality and on the xcellence of its products and ...

  • Bodegas Beronia

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

  • Bodegas El Coto

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

  • Herederos Del Marques de Riscal

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

  • Bodegas Palacios Remondo

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

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Rioja on Snooth

  • Mindiarte Tempranillo Rioja 2012

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    Way too dry for tempranillo. Price was nice, but there are better wines on the market for this price point. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • Just a note to add.  The bartender gave me that glass and he was not one ... up with a glass of red wine (Rioja for me, Chianti for Sandra), along with a pizza nearby before we rode the Metro back home.  Nice evening after watching the grand kids for 5 hours earlier in the da Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines - Post Pictures...


  • Carlos Serres Rioja Old Vines Tempranillo 2015

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    Soft blackberry and cherry aromas with light flowers and a touch of black pepper on the nose. Light fruit notes of cranberry and cherry with a concentrated tar and spicy earth finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Valserrano Mazuelo 2009

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    Very much an earthy nose. Quite big under the palate. Some black fuitsurprisingly similar to the currant of Cabernet Sauvignonon entry. Still some very serious tannin mid-palate. A very pleasant suggestion of vanilla (oak?) towards the rear palate. Interestingly, enough, after a few sips, the tannin is less noticeable and the wine seems to ... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Continue the research. May be some dark horses from areas that are ordinarily ... ... and Gran Reservas from Rioja are also good for that vintage. GregT can provide more detailed info about other Spanish alternatives. I've had tasty Vega Sicilia Unicos from that year but that vintage is now nearly twice the price of the LaLas.I'd also conside... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Need Help


  • The debate around ideal time to drink wine is interesting and the views are ... ... is a bunch from Napa and Rioja the sameThe risks that a bottle will be in good condition are high as the age increasesHaving said that doing verticals is great fun because you can see vintage variation and developme Read More

    Forum post in the topic Searching for a Resonable...


  • You're in my wheelhouse right now (Actually $10-$25) and there are tons of ... and any number of wines from Rioja, Jumilla, and the Duoro River area (Stick with Monastrell and Tempranillo), Chile - Montes, Concho Y Toro (Their Ribers series series is good), Primus and other and you already know Argentina I gathe Read More

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  • Marques de Riscal Rioja Reserva 2011

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    Balance. Nice bit of red fruitiness with good acidity and finishes with drying tannins and a bit of vanilla. Nothing overpowering. Good by itself. Good with food. What more can you ask from a wine. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Cvne Vina Real Crianza 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by grahamford


  • Luis Canas Rioja Crianza 2014

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    Deep cherry color. Tastes of strawberries, cherries, a bit of vegetal/herbaceous notes, plus tobacco and oak. Slight grippy texture. Fresh and tasty flavours. Leathery, black-fruit, berry flavors that taste roasted and come with a little burn. The finish drops of a little. Read More

    Wine review by sipsamplestroll


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