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

  • Tempranillo

    History of the grape: Origins of Tempranillo are murky. It could be indigenous to the Spanish countryside, or it coul...

  • 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"...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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...

Subregions of Rioja

Popular Wineries in Rioja View all

  • Bodegas Beronia

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

  • Bodegas Marques de Caceres

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

  • Marqués de Riscal

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

  • Castillo Labastida

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

  • 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 Muriel

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

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Rioja on Snooth

  • Rioja in the 21st Century. 11 Top Wines from Spain A Sit Down Tasting with a Selection of Artisanal Cheeses.Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wine-tasting-rioja-in-the-21st-century-10-top-wines-from-spain-tickets-25600109617Meet fellow wine lovers, taste some great wines and learn about the top wines of Spain, all on a quiet Sunday aftern... Read More

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  • Marques de Riscal Rioja Reserva 2009

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    Very nice Spanish red. Was given as a gift will have to see about buying more for another taste. Read More

    Wine review by anstett


  • Sunday, August 7, 2016 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM Sit Down Tasting with a ... ... Rosé, and White Rioja wines and learn about the tempranillo grape, one of the world's greatest expressions of red wine.We are "taking over" the Pierre Loti Union Square wine bar for this sit-down event. Cheese will be served to go with the wines. And our resident wine e... Read More

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  • You guys are on a nice roll there! Tonight we had a nice low budget but good Crianza Rioja! Very well balanced and easy drinking. Some red fruit on entry, nice acidity and low tannins on the medium finish.  Read More

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  • Baron de Ley Reserva 95de 2010

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    No written review

    Wine review by dupes


  • Putting all the statistical analysis aside... I like Manchego!If we're ... ... Albarino or Tampranillo from Rioj Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth! Richie


  • Penfolds St. Henri Shiraz 2012Bodegas LAN Rioja Edicion Limitada 2011Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2011Depending on where you go you may be able to puchase items 1&2 or items 2&3 for under $150.  Read More

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  • EM - You seem to have quite an assortment of Bedrock wines in your cellar. ... ... their Lar De Paula Crianza Rioja Tempranillo at $16.99 a bottle and drank one last night while watching a rerun of SNL; very tasty for the pric Read More

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  • GregT, agree with you completely.  Matthews isn't saying there's ... ... between subzones of Rioja.  All of those areas are large enough that there are some big differences. I think I could tell, in a few cases, the difference between Cannubi and Bussia because they are pretty far apart in geology and exposures--Barolo has that stark dividing... Read More

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  • I'm still recovering from all the activities of Memorial Day weekend, so ... was the 2010 Vina Lanciano Rioja Reserva which was drunk Wednesday evening with Sandra's father.  The Zinfandel was too young (2014) and actually a cheap wine, but the 2010 Petite Sirah was tasty if you like that varieta Read More

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