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

  • Torrontes

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

  • 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,...

  • 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...

  • Bodegas Ondarre,S.A.

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

  • 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 Muriel

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

  • Marques de Murrieta Ygay

    Marques de Murrieta is a family business in an almost "romantic" sense of the world. This project...

  • Bodegas Ramón Bilbao

    Bodegas Ramón Bilbao was established in 1924 by wine trader Ramón Bilbao Murga in the Rioja re...

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Rioja on Snooth

  • Bodegas Y Viñedos Heras Cordon Tempranillo Blend Rioja Vendimia Seleccionada 2004

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    We are Broker of Wines, Spirits, Oils of Olive and exportable others. And We have concrete orders for his products. We invite him to know our page www.interexpoweb.com and put to your disposition for any doubt that him could arise. Expecting to be able to extend his turnover we seize the opportunity to greet.Best Regards Sir. ... Read More

    Wine review by INTEREXPO


  •  INTEREXPOWe are Broker of Wines, Spirits, Oils of Olive and exportable others. And We have concrete orders for his products. We invite him to know our page                    www.interexpoweb.com and put to your disposition for any doubt that him could arise. Expecting to be able to extend his turnover we seize the opportunity to greet. Best Re... Read More

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  •  I N T E R E X P O We are Broker of Wines, Spirits, Oils of Olive and exportable others. And We have concrete orders for his products. We invite him to know our page                    www.interexpoweb.com and put to your disposition for any doubt that him could arise. Expecting to be able to extend his turnover we seize the opportunity to greet... Read More

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  • Matsu "El Recio" Toro 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by LetUsTaste


  • Hard to beat Monte Rosso for Cali field blends and Zin. We went nuts ... ... and Murietta (2007) Reserva Rioja, and then,because I'm not working this week and feeling better, some '09 Patassy Springs Pinot, which really seems more like RRV Zin than Pinot, and, thanks to NG for noticing that. Picked up the Luke Lambert Syrah that was meant for ... Read More

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  • Avenida 67 Torrontes 2013

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    Very nice, sweet aroma. Enjoyably light and fruity - pineapple, mineral water, and a little yogurt. A fine summer sipper, and a good bargain. Read More

    Wine review by Slipstream


  • What D said. Rioja. Or Italian and it could be south Italy too. Gruner, Viognier, Chard are likely not to be acidic enough. You want the wine to be more acidic than the dish or it will taste flat.So that leaves your Vouvray and SB and maybe Roussane, but that really depends on producer more than even the others. Or just have it with Pinot Noir. ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wine pairing recommendation


  • "Pork = Pinot"Not with that sauce. Maybe some blowsy CA pinot, but ... even sangiovese) or Spanish (Rioja or even a garnacha fine) red in my household for that dish.  Maaaybe something very southern Rhone or Provencal. The peppers and tomato kill too much of the pinot for me.Whether rose or red depends on the heat and mood. At night, inside an... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wine pairing recommendation


  • The '07 Coudoulet was the biggest disappointment for me, if indeed there ... showed almost like a young Rioja without the flagrant use of American oak. Mike and I speculated that Maggie's success with Lillian (and the same WhiteHawk fruit) may have played a factor, and that it may have been a combination of French and American. I went back for... Read More

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  • Vina Eguia Rioja Reserva 2009

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    High acid - almost bitter. Ok after breathing Read More

    Wine review by wafricke


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