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

  • Malbec

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

  • 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"...

  • Macabeo

    Macabeo is Spain’s most widely planted grape. From there, it has made its way to southern France’s Roussillon region,...

  • 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...

Subregions of Rioja

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  • Bodegas Muriel

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

  • 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 Olarra, S.A,

    Bodegas Olarra is located on the outskirts of Logroño, right in the heart of the Denominación de ...

  • Señorío de San Vicente

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

  • Marqués de Vargas

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

  • 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

  • Bodegas Lan Rioja Reserva 2010

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    Gift from Jessica, 10/2016. Not as good as I had hoped. Duty free come on? Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Santa was generous this year wasn't he? You guys are better at this than I ... Fernando Remirez de Ganuza Rioja Reserva - from GregTMJet - 2009 Domaine Charvin Châteauneuf-du-Pape - from JonDerryDVogler - 2011 Marcarini Barolo Brunate - from Rckr Dmcker - 2011 Agricola Rivella Silva Barbaresco - from LuchavinoGregT - 2005 Bodegas Muga Rioja Gr... Read More

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  • Thanks Rocker.I don't necessarily love or agree with articles, but if ... ... although I love some pricey Rioja, Spain is my bargain aisle for weekday drinkers.  Few have been ones I wouldn't buy again.Having dinner at my boss' place tonight and I'm bringing the 2012 Ridge Cab Sav (Monte Bello vineyard), not to be confused with THE Monte Bello... Read More

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  • Hazaña Viñas Viejas Rioja 2014

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    I just think that average American wine drinker doesn't understand Spanish winemaking at this level. This was very good, very,very good. Dark currant, earth, herbs, spice and smooth tannins with matching acidity lead to a even finish that is succulent and inviting. Drink now or hold - decant for now - 90 points Pauk Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Hazaña Viñas Viejas Rioja 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by boglebogle


  • Hazaña Viñas Viejas Rioja 2014

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    Wine review by boglebogle


  • RC - The Hazana Vines Viejas Rioja wine would be my choice, followed by the Churchill Estates Douro 2011 bottle.  I do enjoy Spanish and Portuguese wines quite a bit.Last night we attended a big ballet performance at The Kennedy Center.  It was the 40th anniversary celebration of The Washington Ballet and for this single performance they pulled ... Read More

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  • MJET - I'm happy you are enjoying it - I originally bought 6 and have 3 ... - The Hazana Vinas Viejas Rioja 2014 is wonderful if you can find it - it drinks better than the hype and I ended up with 3 bottles - down to one no Read More

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  • Oh, I almost forgot about Saturday, the day before yesterday.  We ran ... ... ...  We brought a 2008 Rioja Gran Reserva bottle that was very, very tasty.  We awarded two wines for first and second place when it was all done.  Our previous co-worker Bill was the big winner.  One interesting aspect was the wine goblets that Kathleen and Sally m... Read More

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  • La Tercera Reserva Rioja 2010

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    Overly dry for a tempranillo. Nice fruit with some spice. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


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