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...

  • 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,...

  • 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"...

Subregions of Rioja

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  • Bodegas Muriel

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

  • Bodegas Marques de Caceres

    The name of this wine. Marques de Caceres was lent by D. Vicente Noguera y Espinosa de los Monter...

  • Bodegas Primicia

    Casa Primicia, the oldest building in the town of Laguardia, is the place where, from the 15th ce...

  • Castillo Labastida

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

  • Bodegas Beronia

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

  • Marques de Murrieta Ygay

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

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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


  • Mark - barrels are a whole subject unto themselves. The go-to guy for info ... ... they used American oak in Rioja, and of course in Hungary and Austria they used their native oak. Some of the species are the same - the trees in Tokaj are the same as those in Alliers, and some are different - the oak in Missouri is not the same as that in Fran... Read More

    Forum post in the topic All about Oak


  • Bodegas Bilbainas Vina Zaco Rioja Tempranillo 2011

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    Found on Wine.com - just a wonder! here are some notes from RP - 'The 2011 Vina Zaco changed labels and profile to a more modern style a few years ago and displays a darker shade of cherry color, ripe notes of red and black berries, flowers and a meaty palate where the wood is perfectly integrated with the fruit, which finally feels more classic... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • La Rioja Alta Tempranillo Blend Rioja Viña Arana Reserva 2004

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    Excellent wine Read More

    Wine review by K276HB


  • Hacienda López de Haro Reserva Rioja 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by doublefantasy


  • I don't know where people get those descriptions VV! Don't worry, you ... of Malvasia, typical of a Rioja white. Viura tends to have a slightly bitter finish, not offensive, but distinctive, and Malvasia of course, is one of the world's most aromatic grapes, very floral and on the order of Muscat, Viognier, and Torrontes, which it is often con... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Mature Wines


  • Cosme Palacio Reserva Rioja 2007

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    A Lot 18 Selection; I am sure Dionysus, Bacchus, and even Jim Bacchus would be pleased. This is a beauty. Opens with an earthy roasted ripe grape and plum and a bit of cedar chest. Dry, extremely smooth, and a mouthful. Long, long finish of earth, mocha, cherry preserves and a little bit of pepper and red chile spice and oak. Just a pleasure to... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Manny, it's only been 3 days since your post about Spain and visiting ... ... 2002 López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Tondonia. As I'm enjoying the tasting, the wine store proprietor brings out this bottle of white (López de Heredia Rioja Blanco Gran Reserva Viña Tondonia) that he says is the only bottle making it to the customers since the e... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Mature Wines


  • My conflict at this point is that I am starting to really like vastly different ... ... for Spanish wines, esp Rioja) Some folks buy cases and drink one per year or whatever during the drinking window, but since I drink a serious wine only once or twice a week (that is, a wine over $25 or a Rioja that's Reserva or GR but might be under that), ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Mature Wines


  • I decanted the Remelluri at about 5:30pm central time or 4 hours ago.  My ... a complete stranger. A few Rioja go to's were something we used to drink a lot.  Monticello, Campo Viejo, Marques de Caseres, and Marques de Riscal were common.  Forgot how much I liked them.  I have a 2001 Gran Reserve Campo in the fridge. Read More

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  • Who is it?I received a 1994 Remelluri Rioja.What did you get? 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

    Comment by 740029a a n 740029 a a n


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