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 Ramón Bilbao

    Bodegas Ramón Bilbao was established in 1924 by wine trader Ramón Bilbao Murga in the Rioja re...

  • Bodegas El Coto

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

  • Bodegas Primicia

    Casa Primicia, the oldest building in the town of Laguardia, is the place where, from the 15th ce...

  • Bodegas Palacios Remondo

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

  • Bodegas Sierra Cantabria

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

  • 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

  • Leza Garcia Rioja Gran Reserva 2004

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • V V - Thank you for the chart.  I guess some white wines are built to ... ... ... in full public view.The Rioja region wine was decent but nothing to write home about.  It was only $45 for the bottle in this restaurant.&nbs Read More

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  • Beronia Rioja Reserva 2011

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    Vanilla cream and strawberry preserves on the nose with a chocolate mousse note and violets. A bit drier on the palate with dark chocolate and black currant notes, strong and firm flavors with medium tannin and a smoky earthy finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Baron de Ley Reserva 95de 2010

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    fairly balanced between fruits and oak, and there is thathint of honey and toffee Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Well favourite Daughters 21st went with out too much troubleThe Sangria was ... ... Grenache/Temp blend from Rioja [$7/bottle] + Brandy + castor sugar + cinnamon + lemonade with Oranges, Lemons, Limes and appleWas a big hit and got the party off and runningWhiteVery Cheap Dry White Wine - bit of everything Blend with Vodka, Dry Ginger Ale, Pin... Read More

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  • Campo Viejo 'Rioja' Tempranillo 2014

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    Entry level wine. OK for an introduction to rioja but not something I would search for. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • MJ - What's the price of that 2012 Buoncristiani? Can you still find ... bottles of my favorite 2006 Rioja wine ($30 each); this is around $55 at The Wine House when we dine there.  I'm grilling lamb chops in a few minutes and Sandra will be grilling her Mahi Mahi fish.  Perhaps not the best food / wine pairing but I really wanted to taste it ... Read More

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  • Agreed Amour. There's no harm to it and often a nice upside.D - I ... ... which they called Hermitage, Rioja was getting hit by the phylloxera that had hit the other countries, Chianti was not much lauded and Brunello didn't get beyond the confines of the producer's vineyard, and the world's most prized wines were the sweet ones from Germany, ... Read More

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  • EM - Great job figuring that out.  Yes, it makes sense now and he grabbed ... wine was the 2014 Faustino Rioja that you see below.  Quite decent with my meat dishes, but it didn't get good review from what I can find.  Oh, my flatbread was a nice beef short rib and cheddar item. &nbs Read More

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  • D - thanks for the adviceI found some a reasonably cheap temp blend from Rioja - might go with  Oranges as plenty around and nice and sweet at the moment and throw in either plums or peachesI presume a generous dash of brandy with either ginger ale or soda water [thoughts?] Read More

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