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...

  • Graciano

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

  • 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"...

  • Torrontes

    Torrontes is really three closely related grape varieties -- Torrontés Riojano, the most common, Torrontés Sanjuanino...

  • Tempranillo

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

Subregions of Rioja

Popular Wineries in Rioja View all

  • Viña Valoria

    It is an old wine cellar, whose background dates from 1860, that decided to expand and modify its...

  • Bodegas Palacios Remondo

    Palacios focused his efforts on the Crianza, La Montesa, a Garnacha-based blend from south-faci...

  • Herederos Del Marques de Riscal

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

  • Bodegas El Coto

    It is located in Oyón (Álava), with a total surface of 110.000 m2, more than 50.000 of which are ...

  • Marqués de Riscal

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

  • 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...

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Rioja on Snooth

  • Cvne Imperial Reserva Rioja 2005


    No written review

    Wine review by ryynoo

  • La Rioja Alta Rioja Vina Alberdi Reserva 2007


    Do not walk run away from this, it is some of the worst Spanish wine I have ever had and is a incredibly horrible value. Read More

    Wine review by johnclough

  • Palacios Remondo Rioja Herencia Remondo Crianza la Montesa 2002


    No written review

    Wine review by tpcello7

  • Hazana "Tradicion" Rioja 2011


    This is pretty much what you'd expect for a $10 Rioja. Somewhat light and simple with a nice fruity nose and some red and black cherries. There's a bit of spice on the back end with medium tannins and a short to medium finish. It's not going to blow you away but it is fairly decent for some mid-week quaffing - needs food to go with. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Martin Codax Ergo Tempranillo Rioja 2011


    Aromatic, light tannins, easy to drink. Read More

    Wine review by Tetyana Miroshnichenko

  • Amen to that!And I never believed that there was anything sacred about single ... ... or the Tempranillo in Rioja and Toro.Or so they say. Secretly I believe the local weather and climate conditions have a lot more to do with the differences than anything else does. Although to be fair, it is true that some grapes like Sangiovese or the Pinot... Read More

    Forum post in the topic So, Have You Heard of This?

  • Campo Viejo Tempranillo Blend Rioja Gran Reserva 2005


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    Wine review by NealS

  • I have to agree with D about CdP. Back in the 70s and before, people called ... reward aging. For me, after Rioja, if you're talking about a wine with some years on it, those are some of the best wines you can have. Like I said, I wish I had been smart enough to collect a lot of them when I was younger. And Sangiovese-based wines too.Alas. Too... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Epic Barolo

  • Hot water or just put it over the burner on your stove for a few seconds. Even ... those capsules. However, in Rioja, Maria Jose said they use them to prevent infiltration by cork worms. I never heard that before and if it's true, I'll accept it. But nobody in the US keeps wines like they d Read More

    Forum post in the topic GRIPE ALERT: What's the Deal...

  • Not a horrible analogy; there's a reason why the Perrin family is down ... ... from three continents and Rioja and [even] Super Tuscans and ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Epic Barolo

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