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...

  • 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"...

  • Torrontes

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

  • 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...

Subregions of Rioja

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  • Bodegas Beronia

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

  • Bodegas Sierra Cantabria

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

  • Bodegas Palacios Remondo

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

  • Castillo Labastida

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

  • Marques de Murrieta Ygay

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

  • Bodegas Olarra, S.A,

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

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Rioja on Snooth

  • Hot water or just put it over the burner on your stove for a few seconds. Even ... those capsules. However, in Rioja, Maria Jose said they use them to prevent infiltration by cork worms. I never heard that before and if it's true, I'll accept it. But nobody in the US keeps wines like they d Read More

    Forum post in the topic GRIPE ALERT: What's the Deal...

  • Not a horrible analogy; there's a reason why the Perrin family is down ... ... from three continents and Rioja and [even] Super Tuscans and ... Read More

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  • "However, that's exactly the thing that's to me unique about ... ... ... complexity - Tuscany, Rioja, the N. Rhone all produce such wines, but none really seem to actually grow while in the bottle."Greg, I've found a few others. Latour in Bordeaux is the first to pop to mind. It not only balances out when aged properly, but grows into somethi... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Epic Barolo

  • There's definitely something to be said about older Barolo and Barbaresco. ... ... complexity - Tuscany, Rioja, the N. Rhone all produce such wines, but none really seem to actually grow while in the bottle. Seems like you had some really nice wines! Good job.Wish I had been smart enough to buy a bunch of them back in the day.&nbs Read More

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  • La Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza Rioja Riserva 2004


    No written review

    Wine review by avandoski

  • Carlos Serres Rioja Serres 2012


    No written review

    Wine review by Vespertius

  • Vina Eguia Tempranillo 2010


    No written review

    Wine review by Vespertius

  • Bodegas Ondarre Rioja Reserva 2005


    I liked this one because of low acid easy yet rich and quite affordable. We had it with snapper tacos and it worked excellently with the spiciness. The bottle I bought was 17$ though. Read More

    Wine review by perfectlywright

  • Finca Nueva Rioja Crianza 2010


    Dusty leather, cinnamon, oak, dry dark berry. I like this wine for the price. $12.99 Read More

    Wine review by Planitadams

  • Martin Codax Ergo Tempranillo Rioja 2011


    No written review

    Wine review by gntop1

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