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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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"...

  • 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...

  • 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 Beronia

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

  • 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...

  • Viña Valoria

    It is an old wine cellar, whose background dates from 1860, that decided to expand and modify its...

  • Viña Ijalba

    Built in 1991, with a modernist style, it is provided with the best existing technology in the ma...

  • Bodegas Muriel

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

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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...

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  • Marques de Caceres White 2015

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    Fresh, lively, and somewhat sweet. Easy quaffer!90points Read More

    Wine review by egon klimt


  • La Vallada Olivier Riviere Vinos Arlanza Do 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Been a busy week on this end-Last set of wines for our big zin wine ... for years.The 2011 CUNE Rioja Gran Reserva and the 2017 Kono SB which I bought a case of.  Whew Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Vivanco White Blend Rioja 2016

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    Lightly nutty, honeyed aromas of honeysuckle, melon and peach with hints of lemon. Fruity and juicy on entry with citrus and bold acidity, this turns a bit creamier and releases floral character with a bit of warm heat towards the mid palate, finishing with a cool grassiness and some sea breeze. Intriguing and pleasant. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Bodegas Lan Rioja Crianza 2005

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    No written review

    Wine review by WineyChrissy


  • Castillo de Albai Rioja Reserva 2013

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    I got given this bottle of wine at Christmas and have no idea where my ... it ... it from or any monies paid.Rioja is a prestigious Spanish DO created in 1926. although the history of winemaking in the region goes back to before the Romans,for red,rose and white wines from an area in the north of the country.The region is subdivided into three... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Montecillo Crianza 2011

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    Easy drinking red wine. Would go well with spicy foods or curries. Definitely open early to let it breath. Read More

    Wine review by mrsrhampton


  • Javier San Pedro Randez Viura 2016

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    Trust the back label - it is indeed fresh and loaded. Amazing wine on it's own! Read More

    Wine review by ApelsecS


  • A couple of new ones from Australia:Two Hands Sexy Beast 2015 and - 2016 ... were talking about?The 2011 Rioja Reser Read More

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  • Mark, we've really enjoyed everything Robin Akhurst has produced with his ... ... to share regarding that Rioj Read More

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  • 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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