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

  • Actually this was a last weekend wine - just haven't had a chance:Left to ... right - Hazana Vinas Viejas Rioja 2014 - Very good - black and red berry fruits, oak, smooth tannins will well balanced acidity.  Running With Scissirs Cab Sauv 2013 - A gift wine ( I they wouldn't, but it's thought that counts - right?) Thin, red fruits - read plum ... Read More

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  • Marques de Caceres Excellens Cuvee Especial Rioja Doca 2012

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    Had this with Lunch the other day at Perry's Steakhouse in Dallas. Very soft, fragrant with spice, earth, mineral, dark ripe fruit and cocoa and tobacco. Low Tannins & Acidity, but good, but simple complexity. Not bad pricing by the glass. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Bodegas Muga Rioja Seleccion Especial 2010

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    No written review

    Wine review by gntop1


  • Montana Reserva Spain la Rioja Sugar Content 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by hansen01


  • Montebuena Rioja 2014

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    Wine Sellers of Saugatuck, 8/2016. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Some more dailies -                ... ...       2014 Rioja TempDon't know anything about any of the Read More

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  • Vina Equia Tempranillo Reserva Rioja 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by eaglebass


  • Vallobera Javier San Pedro Randez Rioja Spain 2013

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    Very impressed with this wine. Rioja is not always my favorite, it is surpassed by Tempernillo. However, this had a medium mouth feel, black fruit and was well balanced without many tannins. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • 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


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