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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Wine writer (and HR exec). I write a weekly column for Huffington Post, wine book reviews for NY Journal of Books, and my blog is http://www.RJonWine.com. I have over 38,000 tasting notes on CellarTracker, where I'm the most "favorited" TN author.

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Varietals Produced in Rioja View all

  • Tempranillo

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

  • 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"...

  • 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...

  • Malbec

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

Subregions of Rioja

Popular Wineries in Rioja View all

  • 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 Vargas

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

  • Bodegas Olarra, S.A,

    Bodegas Olarra is located on the outskirts of Logroño, right in the heart of the Denominación de ...

  • Bodegas Ramón Bilbao

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

  • Bodegas LAN

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

  • 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

  • Hi!, Best regards from Spain. I like overall Rioja Luis Cañas. Its taste really good. Taste it friends!.

    Comment by 460403ivanvi 460403 ivanvi


  • Guys anyone had a 2000 Murrieta Castillo y Ygay Rioja Gran Reserva ? If you love Rioja wines this is a sensual seductress that you do not want to pass up - she is as intoxicating as she is enchanting - with the first sip she will entice you in a world of pleasure and passion that will leave you wanting for another last kiss.... ;P http://sho...

    Comment by 255446neale1 255446 neale1


  • Thanks for the warm welcome! First question: favourite producers is a muddy ... Blaufrankisch.)10. Spain: La Rioja Alta S.A. makes a good news on any day. Vina Ardanza Rioja is my favourite affordable-and-impressive dinner party drink for guests. Re. former Yugoslavia, start with Croatia and Serbia. They are way more advanced in skills and win... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Montecillo Rioja Reserva 2010

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    it was a pleasant wine and was aging well Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Big thanks to GregT for his generous donation to my eventual liver disease. Have not had a Rioja with this many years on it that was not cooked. Looking forward to popping this on a special evening. Now that I have retired Santa for another year I must say it was a challenge running this event from a phone standing in my driveway but worth every... Read More

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  • Interesting group so far...3 x Barolo/Barbaresco2 x CdP2 x California 1 x ... Champagne1 x BC/ Canadian1 x Rioja1 x Brunello (could not read the other wine RCKR rec' Read More

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  • I got some Damilano!It was totally secret except for me seeing the top of the ... ... of it.OT, I like that Rioja Reserva! Exactly what this is all about, getting quality bottles that you'd never think to get for yourself (and that hopefully don't suck).I have no idea who my SS is of course...Fox would be likely to buy me Barolo, but Damilano... Read More

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  • We cooked the main dishes and brought them over to our son Tom's place. ... ... that I opened a 2011 Rioja Reserva that was only about $15.  It was decent enough for footbal Read More

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  • Vina Zaco 2014

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    Bold, fruity and aromatic, this has a fresh nose of cherry, raspberry and strawberry preserves with cinnamon spice. This is restrained and earthy on entry, but develops on the palate releasing ripe cherry and strawberry fruit, sticky tarry earth and a bright, clean finish that delivers a good balance of structure. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Pujanza Norte 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by Teppo


  • Valenciso Reserva 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by Teppo


  • Bodegas Muga Torre Muga 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by Teppo


  • I spent over 20 years travelling throughout all of Spain. Their wines are tremendous and, not to mention, their people, their rich culture, their unbelievable foods. I am presently trying to locate a Distributors in the USA who would be able to send me ETXEKO PATXARANA DESTILERIAS VIANA, S.A. I am also trying to obtain a vintage chart coveri...

    Comment by 925520ABIERTO 925520 ABIERTO


  • why i can't find rioja olagosa reserva 2005 in Marbella whole sale

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