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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  • 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...

  • 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...

Subregions of Rioja

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  • Bodegas Baigorri

    "Bodegas Baigorri bases its work on a value of duality and on the xcellence of its products and ...

  • Herederos Del Marques de Riscal

    Wines of the Herederos de Marqués de Riscal has always been a leading and pioneering company in t...

  • Marqués de Vargas

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

  • Bodegas Ondarre,S.A.

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

  • 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...

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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 Rocker.I don't necessarily love or agree with articles, but if ... ... although I love some pricey Rioja, Spain is my bargain aisle for weekday drinkers.  Few have been ones I wouldn't buy again.Having dinner at my boss' place tonight and I'm bringing the 2012 Ridge Cab Sav (Monte Bello vineyard), not to be confused with THE Monte Bello... Read More

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  • Hazaña Viñas Viejas Rioja 2014


    I just think that average American wine drinker doesn't understand Spanish winemaking at this level. This was very good, very,very good. Dark currant, earth, herbs, spice and smooth tannins with matching acidity lead to a even finish that is succulent and inviting. Drink now or hold - decant for now - 90 points Pauk Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951

  • Hazaña Viñas Viejas Rioja 2014


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    Wine review by boglebogle

  • RC - The Hazana Vines Viejas Rioja wine would be my choice, followed by the Churchill Estates Douro 2011 bottle.  I do enjoy Spanish and Portuguese wines quite a bit.Last night we attended a big ballet performance at The Kennedy Center.  It was the 40th anniversary celebration of The Washington Ballet and for this single performance they pulled ... Read More

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  • MJET - I'm happy you are enjoying it - I originally bought 6 and have 3 ... - The Hazana Vinas Viejas Rioja 2014 is wonderful if you can find it - it drinks better than the hype and I ended up with 3 bottles - down to one no Read More

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  • Oh, I almost forgot about Saturday, the day before yesterday.  We ran ... ... ...  We brought a 2008 Rioja Gran Reserva bottle that was very, very tasty.  We awarded two wines for first and second place when it was all done.  Our previous co-worker Bill was the big winner.  One interesting aspect was the wine goblets that Kathleen and Sally m... Read More

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  • La Tercera Reserva Rioja 2010


    Overly dry for a tempranillo. Nice fruit with some spice. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899

  • 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


    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

  • 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...

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

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