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

  • Macabeo

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

  • Malbec

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

Subregions of Rioja

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  • Castillo Labastida

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

  • Señorío de San Vicente

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

  • Bodegas Sierra Cantabria

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

  • Bodegas Palacios Remondo

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

  • Bodegas Primicia

    Casa Primicia, the oldest building in the town of Laguardia, is the place where, from the 15th ce...

  • Marqués de Vargas

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

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Rioja on Snooth

  • DMCKER- thanks for the info. You are probably right about Rioja. It looks like I'll use Madrid as a base- just because there are flight options there that work (and are cheap to boot). It seems there are fewer & more expensive flights directly to Valencia. But the hotel is cheap in Madrid, and the train ride to Requena-Utiel looks to be 1.5 hour... Read More

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  • Jumilla, Alicante, Rioja and Ribera del Duero are all within reach of Madrid as well- though Valencia may work better with regards to transportation timing.They seem to all have wine tourism web sites up, with lists of wineries that can be visited. Perhaps that would be better than a packaged tour that stops at 2 wineries.Narrowing it down.Thank... Read More

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  • Didn't bother mentioning Madrid as a base because a) that's talking ... thinking of Barcelona, but Rioja from Madrid? Forgettabout it. Ribera del Duero is much closer but Valencia still seems the smaller, more accessible area and easier to cope with. And it'll likely be warmer, too. I'd start talking first with #3 (intothevineyard) and see how... Read More

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  • Baron de Ley Reserva Rioja 2010

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    Opens with Caramel and Cranberry and some Black Tea leaf, moves on to Oak and Caramel with a bit of Cinnamon. then some 5 spice, Earth, and ripe Mango/Plum. Most of these scents carry over to the palate, but with more Oak, Earth, Mineral, Leather, and Plum. Well balanced but pronounced Tannins and Acidity. A little Alcohol burn and still, it se... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Faustino I Gran Reserva Rioja 2000

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Altanza Edulis Reserva Rioja 2001

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    No written review

    Wine review by Dave Mooty


  • Hopefully you were just having a moment there Red, as we'd obviously like ... ... in that $10-20 range. Rioja from Spain and Chianti Classico form Italy are two examples of really good and solid red wine you can find in that price range. I've even had some really nice White Rioja by CVNE for about $ Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Red,I'm just a guy in Canada who knows what he likes.  I drink quite a ... ... what you thought of some Rioja you found at Total Wine.  That kind of thing is predominantly what goes on her Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • I think you have some good wines but it's not because I've had those ... it was so great in Napa and Rioja and Ribera del Duero, which I was more interested in. I'd probably drink that one already. It was a vintage that a lot of restaurants picked up. When those wines actually came on the market after bottling, people already knew that the 199... Read More

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  • Montebuena Rioja 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by doublefantasy


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