Rioja

This is probably the most well known wine region of Spain worldwide. It was established as D.O. (“Denominación de Origen“) in 1932 and has since produced some of the most respectable reds and whites of Spain. This region is located in the North Centre of the Peninsula, about 60 miles away from the Basque Country sea coast. This privileged location means that Rioja receives cold breezes as well as rainfalls from the Northwest (400 to 500 mm. of rainfall a year) but at same time has some Mediterranean climate influence, specially at the Eastern side, with higher temperatures and drier climates in Spring and Summer.

Rioja has 3 sub-regions: Alta, Alavesa and Baja. In the Alta, gravel, clay and sandy soils prevail and it has an Atlantic climate influence. Alavesa is known for some of its limestones soils, and has a mix of Atlantic and Mediterranean climates influence. In Baja, on the Eastern side of the D.O., you can find some alluvial soils and the prevailing climate is Mediterranean.

The ageing classification for wines in Rioja is as follows (needs to be aged only in 225 litres oak barrels): “Crianza” with a minimum period of 2 years of oak and bottle ageing, of which at least a year has to be in oak barrels. “Reserva” with a minimum period of 36 months of oak and bottle ageing, of which at least a year has to be in oak barrels. “Gran Reserva“, with a minimum 24 month period of oak barrel ageing and another 36 months (minimum) in bottle.



Wines from this Region

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Basape Rioja Reserva 2001 de Vinos The Spanish Wine Specialist in London & the UK

Basape Rioja Reserva 2004

Region Rioja

Producer Luis Marín Diez

Variety Tempranillo

Type Red

£14.99

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Vina Ardanza Reserva Rioja de Vinos The Spanish Wine Specialist in London & the UK

Vina Ardanza Reserva 2007 Rioja

Region Rioja

Producer La Rioja Alta

Variety Tempranillo,
Garnacha

Type Red

£21.49

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Finca de los Arandinos Rioja Crianza 2010 de Vinos The Spanish Wine Specialist in London & the UK

Finca de los Arandinos Rioja Crianza 2013

Region Rioja

Producer Finca de los Arandinos

Variety Tempranillo,
Garnacha,
Mazuelo / Cariñena

Type Red

£11.29

inc VAT
Vina Asomante Gran Reserva Rioja 1998 de Vinos The Spanish Wine Specialist in the UK

Vina Asomante Rioja Gran Reserva 1998

Region Rioja

Producer Luis Marín Diez

Variety Tempranillo,
Mazuelo / Cariñena

Type Red

£18.99

inc VAT
Finca de los Arandinos Malacapa Rioja 2012 de Vinos The Spanish Wine Specialist in London & the UK

Finca de los Arandinos Malacapa 2014 Rioja

Region Rioja

Producer Finca de los Arandinos

Variety Tempranillo,
Mazuelo / Cariñena

Type Red

£9.29

inc VAT
Roda Reserva 2003 Rioja

Roda Reserva 2011 Rioja

Region Rioja

Producer Bodegas Roda

Variety Tempranillo,
Garnacha,
Graciano

Type Red

£24.29

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La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 de Vinos The Spanish Wine Specialist in London & the UK

La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 2005 Rioja

Region Rioja

Producer La Rioja Alta

Variety Tempranillo,
Graciano

Type Red

£29.99

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Benjamin Romeo La Cueva del Contador de Vinos The Spanish Wine Specialist in London & the UK

Benjamín Romeo La Cueva del Contador 2010 Rioja

Region Rioja

Producer Benjamín Romeo

Variety Tempranillo

Type Red

£69.90

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Terca Rioja de Vinos The Spanish Wine Specialist in London & the UK

Terca 2010 Rioja

Region Rioja

Producer David Sampedro Gil

Variety Viura / Macabeo,
Garnacha Blanca

Type White

£23.99

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Vuelta de Terca Rioja de Vinos The Spanish Wine Specialist in London & the UK

Vuelta de Terca 2010 Rioja

Region Rioja

Producer David Sampedro Gil

Variety Tempranillo,
Garnacha,
Graciano

Type Red

£23.99

inc VAT
Finca de los Arandinos Viero Rioja de Vinos The Spanish Wine Specialist in London & the UK

Finca de los Arandinos Viero Rioja 2014

Region Rioja

Producer Finca de los Arandinos

Variety Viura / Macabeo

Type White

£10.29

inc VAT