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

  • Graciano

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

  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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

Popular Wineries in Rioja View all

  • Bodegas Ondarre,S.A.

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

  • Bodegas Baigorri

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

  • Bodegas Roda

    At this particular moment, Mario Rotllant and Carmen Daurella came to La Rioja, with the passiona...

  • Bodegas Sierra Cantabria

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

  • Bodegas LAN

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

  • Bodegas Beronia

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

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Rioja on Snooth

  • You're in my wheelhouse right now (Actually $10-$25) and there are tons of ... and any number of wines from Rioja, Jumilla, and the Duoro River area (Stick with Monastrell and Tempranillo), Chile - Montes, Concho Y Toro (Their Ribers series series is good), Primus and other and you already know Argentina I gathe Read More

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  • Marques de Riscal Rioja Reserva 2011


    Balance. Nice bit of red fruitiness with good acidity and finishes with drying tannins and a bit of vanilla. Nothing overpowering. Good by itself. Good with food. What more can you ask from a wine. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher

  • Cvne Vina Real Crianza 2012


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    Wine review by grahamford

  • Luis Canas Rioja Crianza 2014


    Deep cherry color. Tastes of strawberries, cherries, a bit of vegetal/herbaceous notes, plus tobacco and oak. Slight grippy texture. Fresh and tasty flavours. Leathery, black-fruit, berry flavors that taste roasted and come with a little burn. The finish drops of a little. Read More

    Wine review by sipsamplestroll

  • Had some friends over - due to inclement weather not everyone showed - for a ... 3 was the 2010 Montecillo Rioja Reserva - 100% Tempranillo. This needed some time to  allow the alcohol to blow off.  Once that time occurred the the dark berry fruits took over, dusty notes, spices and herbal notes, a linear wine that grabs you with chewy tannins... Read More

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  • Our wine tasing was complete - though with fewer of the individuals that said ... - (No. 2 out of 5)Montecillo Rioja Reserva 2010 - Loads of alc on the nose and it needed time to blow off, when it did - yumm.  Red and black berry fruits, spice and mellow tannins on the finish. (No. 3 out of 5)Just a note - this was a blind tasting, which I don... Read More

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  • DM - Trump is moving fast on cutting back our freedoms.  The next march is ... ... Sierra Cantabria Crianza Rioja (Tempranillo) and it was decent.  Alas, that was not enough wine to get me through both the pear appetizer and the fillet, so I ordered another glass, this time the 2014 Chateau St. Michelle 'Indian Wells' Merlot from Columbia Valle... Read More

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  • Bodegas Palacio Tempranillo Blend Rioja Glorioso Gran Reserva 1982


    nose of red pepper and cherries; sweet and at the same time savoury. great! Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim

  • La Antigua Clasico Rioja Reserva 2006


    Dusty, earthy and smoky with a strong tendril of red fruit pushing out through the minerality, mostly strawberry and raspberry with some molasses and fresh spice. The palate continues the trend of dusty, meaty, earthy salinity warring with bright red fruit notes of strawberry, cranberry and cherry, finishing in a harmonious end that's even a bit... Read More

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  • Valdemadera Gran Reserva 2006


    nice overall, but too much oak... Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim

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