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

  • 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"...

  • Graciano

    Though it is easily the most interesting and unique red grape in Rioja, its yields are low, it is prone to downy mild...

  • Tempranillo

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

  • Malbec

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

Subregions of Rioja

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  • Bodegas Ramón Bilbao

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

  • Bodegas Primicia

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

  • Marqués de Vargas

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

  • Bodegas LAN

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

  • Bodegas Marques de Caceres

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

  • Bodegas Roda

    At this particular moment, Mario Rotllant and Carmen Daurella came to La Rioja, with the passiona...

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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


  • Cvne Compania Vinicola del Norte de Espana Monopole Blanco 2017

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    Been purchasing this regularly lately and found the store was down to its' last bottle so I review I shall do!Pours a grassy light yellow color, with very slight pink hues, and shows crystal clear...appears to have some oily character as I swirl this around in my glass and with no legs. Aromas that are acidic, and clean. Citrus zest, floral, m... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


  • Daimon Rioja 2016

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    Cork in Cap 04/2020. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • La Puerta Alta Famatina Valley Argentina Red Blend 2016

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    the blend of Cab-Saub/Malbec is superb which each variety complimenting the other. I'm chasing some more bottles before they get away so as to chill in my cellar. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • La Antigua Clasico Rioja Reserva 2010

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    WOW, what a blend, what a sublime offering !! It starts robust, than slides to mellow and ends with a richness that is indescribable. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Marques de Castillo Vino de Espana Spain Tempranillo 2017

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    this was truly a "tapas" wine and did not demonstrate the quality of tempranillo I have become accustomed to. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • I don't know how Bruce got the wines. I know that we used to drop them off ... aged Bordeaux or Barolo or Rioja, but it was good enough that everyone was happy to drink it. And I wouldn't be ashamed to pour many of the BC wines in good company.But part of the fun is finding wines you haven't heard about forever. So we know that Napa can make g... Read More

    Forum post in the topic More on BC wine


  • La Puerta Alta Famatina Valley Argentina 2017

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    very nice blend, smooth and pleasant.very likely to become sublime with aging. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Orube Crianza Rioja 2015

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • El Guardian 'Reserve' Rioja Spain Tempranillo 2011

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    WOW! what a stunning grape, smooth, sanguine and aloof Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Baron de Ley Finca Monasterio Rioja 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • 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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