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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • 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...

  • Graciano

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

  • 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

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  • 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 Baigorri

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

  • Bodegas LAN

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

  • Bodegas Marques de Caceres

    The name of this wine. Marques de Caceres was lent by D. Vicente Noguera y Espinosa de los Monter...

  • Señorío de San Vicente

    One winery, one wine, one vineyard and one variety. Respecting the tradition which has been p...

  • Herederos Del Marques de Riscal

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

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Rioja on Snooth

  • I stopped by my favorite wine shop today, which isn't my normal Cat ... ... 2009 Nucerro Reserva from Rioja for under $20 and although I haven't opened it yet, I sure hope it's decent.  They don't identify the varietal(s) on the label other than saying it's a red blend, but the review I linked identified it as Tempranillo (as expected).  That ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Value Wines - under $20 USD...


  • Marques de Caceres Rioja Crianza 2012

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    Wine review by raindance


  • Lan Rioja Reserva 2010

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    Not your classical Rioja. Ripe with median acid with some rather biting tannin. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Bodegas Urbina Reserva Especial 2001

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    Wine review by jazie


  • Vina Herminia Crianza 2013

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    Wine review by effell


  • Antano Rioja Reserva 2009

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    Quite darkpretty much, opaquein the glass. Modest barnyard nose. On the tongue I am surprised at the lack of fruitthere is some dark berry fruit there, but it is very light and pretty sour. Lots of dustiness which gives a puckery sensation. What do you expect for Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Had a small BBQ with another couple tonight - sort of a smallish celebration. ... Vina Equia tempranillo based Rioja Reserva.  Beautiful, rich and ladened with dark berry fruits, anise, spice and solid tannins accompanied with juicy acidit Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Vina Equia Tempranillo Reserva Rioja 2009

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    In a word rich. Loads of dark berry fruits, anise, earthy notes, green herbals lead to a palate that echos with additional vanilla, red currant and solid framing tannins with great acidity. 90 points - drink now - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • That I would like to try before I die that I have not already had?There are ... Unico, although I've had Rioja wines going back many decades, and I never had the 1982 or 1989 Haut Brion or Petru Read More

    Forum post in the topic 5 wines to try before you die


  • Marqués de Riscal Reserva 2011

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    Light fruit on the nose, but, also, some fungal notes. Light red fruit, maybe, plum. on the tip of the tongue. VERY sedate tannins. This one is so easy to drink--no harshness no bitterness. A (minty?) herbal suggestion on the rear palalte. Excellent QPR. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


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