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

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  • Bodegas Baigorri

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

  • 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 Ondarre,S.A.

    Bodegas Ondarre, founded in 1986, belongs to the Bodegas Olarra Group, one of the most famous nam...

  • Bodegas LAN

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

  • 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...

  • Bodegas Sierra Cantabria

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

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Rioja on Snooth

  • Bodegas Lopez de Haro Rioja Crianza 2010


    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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    Wine review by martins2002

  • Senior de P. Pecina Rioja Joven


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    Wine review by hstudio

  • Ramirez de Ganuza Reserva-Spain Rioja Proprietary Blend 2007


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    Wine review by Teppo

  • Valenciso Rioja Reserva 2007


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    Wine review by Teppo

  • Luis Cañas Reserva Rioja 2010


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    Wine review by Teppo

  • Trasnocho Tinto Cosecha 2007


    No written review

    Wine review by Teppo

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