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

  • 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"...

  • Malbec

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

  • Graciano

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

  • 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...

Subregions of Rioja

Popular Wineries in Rioja View all

  • Bodegas Primicia

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

  • Marqués de Vargas

    Winery The winery Marqués de Vargas was built in 1989 on the Hacienda Pradolagar Estate in Lo...

  • Bodegas Roda

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

  • 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 Muriel

    Bodegas Muriel markets the brands Muriel, Vina Muriel, Baron de Barbon, Solariego, El Somo and Mo...

  • Viña Ijalba

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

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Rioja on Snooth

  • Martin Codax Rioja Ergo 2012

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    A little to dry for me but well balanced. Red fruit flavors. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • Just to follow up on this topic, I tasted the 3 yesterday evening:1) Porca de ... joven. A bit like a joven Rioja, but with less acidity and higher tannins. It shows notes of red fruit and herbs. It is a balanced wine, not very fruity wine for a joven, what I personally prefer.2) Porca de Murca, Reserva 2013A lot more going on here. Red fruit,... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Bitter finish


  • Kirkland Signature Rioja Reserva 2010

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    Somewhat murky prune color. Berry nose. Bit of a hit of cherry on entry, ... ... I am accustomed to for a Rioja Tempranillo. Bone dry. Medium-bodied. A reasonable experience for $6.99, but, otherwise, not memorabl Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • "DIfferent" because you don't see too many posts about ... was ... ... was better than the $18 Rioja Reserva one that I had a couple weeks ago.  Murky prune color in the glass.  Light hit of cherry on entry but, thankfully, not couugh syrupy sweet.  In fact, this one is fairly tart.  Really serious tannin--I don't normally notice that in Rioj... Read More

    Forum post in the topic And now for something...


  • Dios Ares Reserva Rioja 2008

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    Wow, very nondescript. Just the lightest hit of blueberry fruit on the tip of the tongue. A kinduva cinnamon thing going on at the back of the palate. Very light-bodied for a red. Nothing really offensive, though, and it is low-dollar. I will drink the whole bottle. So, all is not lost. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Bodegas Lopez de Haro Rioja Crianza 2010

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    Binny's 3/2016. Mary loved it. I am neutral, it was not offensive in any way, ... to warm up to (really enjoy) Rioja (Tempranillo) wine Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • For the fourth day in a row, we were out again Sunday evening.  This time ... of the 2009 Tempranillo from Rioja.  Sandra did a flight of Italian wines followed by a glass of the 2014 Gamay.  We walked over to The Kennedy Center in 50 F weather, where two days ago it was 80 F.  Go figure.  The performance was only 90 minutes and I actually wis... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • Ah, my first weekend following that wonderful vacation in Oregon.  So what ... Beronia Rioja Gran Reserva 2006Tempranillo wine, but the play had me wanting to leave at the intermission (Sandra would not hear of it).  Two hours and forty-five minutes of my life lost.  Oh well.  We have a ballet performance tonight.... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • We had a fun Friday evening on the 8th of April.  Started with a wine ... ... ... really loved the LAN Rioja wine at the shop, but we didn't buy any bottles this evening since we were not going back to our car for a while.   For dinner Sandra ordered a flight of Italian wines while I had a glass of Bordeaux wine.  Dinner included this wonderf... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • Bodegas Valdemar Conde de Valdemar Viura 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


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