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Rioja

Spain
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Region Description

Rioja is Spain's most celebrated wine region, located in the north of the country in the autonomous community of La Rioja. It is bordered by the Basque Country, Navarra and Aragón, and is home to some of the country's most iconic wines. Rioja has a long and storied history of winemaking, with evidence of viticulture dating back to the Roman Empire. The region was officially founded in 1925, and is now one of the most famous and respected wine regions in the world.

Beautiful landscape of Rioja wine region

Grapes & Wine Styles

Rioja is best known for its red wines, which are made from a blend of Tempranillo, Garnacha, Graciano and Mazuelo grapes. White wines are also produced in the region, and are made from a blend of Viura, Malvasía and Garnacha Blanca grapes. The wines of Rioja are known for their complexity and elegance, and are often aged in oak barrels, followed by bottle maturation for several years before being released.

Notable Producers

Rioja is home to some of the most famous and respected wineries in the world, including Bodegas Muga, Bodegas Lopez de Heredia and Bodegas Marques de Riscal.

Fun Fact about Rioja
Bodegas Marques de Riscal won the competition of the worlds best vineyard, confirming its high quality.

Top Wines from Rioja

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Marqués de Riscal Rioja Reserva

Marqués de Riscal

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Marqués de Riscal Rioja Reserva is a highly regarded wine that showcases the expertise of its producer. Hailing from the renowned Rioja region in Spain, this wine is crafted from carefully selected grapes grown in exceptional vineyards. The vineyard features include ideal soil composition and optimal sun exposure, resulting in grapes with excellent flavor and balance. The winemaking process involves traditional techniques combined with modern innovations, resulting in a wine that beautifully captures the essence of Rioja. Marqués de Riscal Rioja Reserva is known for its elegant and complex style, with notes of ripe fruit, spice, and oak seamlessly integrated. It is a wine that truly exemplifies the artistry and quality of Rioja winemaking.
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Ramón Bilbao Crianza Rioja

Ramón Bilbao

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Ramón Bilbao Crianza Rioja is a well-balanced, medium-bodied red wine from Spain’s Rioja region. It has an inviting nose of ripe red fruit, earthy spices and subtle notes of leather. On the palate, the wine is soft and smooth, with pleasant notes of red fruit, mixed spices and a hint of oak. The finish is long and lingering with a pleasant hint of pepper. Overall, this is a well-rounded, pleasing wine that is perfect for sipping on it's own or pairing with grilled meats or pasta dishes.
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Bodegas Faustino I Gran Reserva

Bodegas Faustino

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This renowned Spanish red from the Rioja region is a classic Gran Reserva from Bodegas Faustino I. The blend of Tempranillo, Garnacha, and Graciano grapes creates an intense nose of blackberries, cassis, and a hint of roasted coffee. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied and rich, with flavors of blackberry jam and warm spices, as well as a long finish of dark chocolate and smoky oak. An ideal accompaniment to roast beef, grilled steak, or a rich cheese plate.
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Cune (CVNE) Crianza

Cune (CVNE)

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Cune (CVNE) Crianza is a premium red wine crafted by the renowned Spanish winery Cune (Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España). Hailing from the renowned Rioja appellation in Spain, this wine is made from carefully selected Tempranillo grapes grown in the winery's vineyards, which boast a combination of clay and limestone soils. The winemaking process involves traditional techniques such as fermentation in stainless steel tanks and aging in American oak barrels, followed by bottle aging. The result is a wine with a classic Rioja style, characterized by its red fruit flavors, vanilla notes from oak aging, and balanced tannins. Cune (CVNE) Crianza is a fine example of the winery's commitment to quality and tradition, making it a sought-after choice for wine lovers who appreciate Spanish red wines with depth and complexity.
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La Rioja Alta Viña Ardanza Reserva

La Rioja Alta

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La Rioja Alta Viña Ardanza Reserva is a stunning Spanish Tempranillo blend that is aged for four years in American and French oak barrels. On the nose, it has intense aromas of ripe cherries, sweet spices, licorice, and leather. On the palate, it has a dense, velvet texture with ripe tannins and a long, lingering finish. The complexity of flavors such as blackberries, currants, tobacco, and cloves make this a truly delightful, and elegant wine.
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