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...

  • 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,...

  • Grenache

    You’re a member of the ‘Rhône Ranger’ band. Your groupies think you’re ‘hot’, even when you're boozy and "strung out"...

  • Torrontes

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

  • Tempranillo

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

Subregions of Rioja

Popular Wineries in Rioja View all

  • Bodegas Sierra Cantabria

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

  • 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...

  • Viña Ijalba

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

  • Bodegas Beronia

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

  • Bodegas Baigorri

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

  • Castillo Labastida

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

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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


  • Not necessarily worth a trip back. I just stopped at the supermarket and ... a ... a good iteration of an older Rioja. I'd almost be tempted to give it a shot but I'm going to try to find out a bit more this weekend in NY before I pull the trigge Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Thanks Greg, I also texted you on a weird looking Rioja I saw there from '82Too bad, my old man probably would've liked that Lodi styled wine. Isn't Mega Purple a requirement of "The Lodi Appelation"? Already left the store but can always swing back when convenient. Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Bodegas Muriel Rioja Gran Reserva 2004

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    Wine review by gntop1


  • 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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    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


  • 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

    Comment by 740029a a n 740029 a a n


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