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Rioja Vineyards in the Ebro River Valley Region of Spain

The Rioja wine region is located in northern Spain, on both sides of the River Ebro. It was the first Spanish wine region to obtain DO status in 1925 and in 1991, it was promoted to DOCa (Qualified Designation of Origin), a higher category reserved for wines maintaining a proven consistency and quality over a long period of time.

Geographically, Rioja is divided in to three districts: Rioja Alavesa, Rioja Alta and Rioja Oriental (called Rioja Baja until 2018) and while each district has distinct differences, there is no hierarchy of quality between them. Rioja Alavesa lies in the northwest of the La Rioja region in the Basque province of Álava. Along with Rioja Alta, it is the heartland of the Tempranillo grape.

Rioja Alta, to the north-west and south of the Ebro River in the province of La Rioja, stretches as far as the city of Logroño. Elegance and poise is the hallmark of wines made here. Rioja Oriental, located to the south-east, is the hottest of the three districts and specialises in wines made from the Garnacha grape.

Rioja produces a collection of red, white and rosé wines, but it is the reds that account for the greater part of its fame. Ageing classifications have, until recently, been the primary means for separating one wine from another.

Rioja Joven (‘young’) wines are destined for early drinking and they often see little or no oak and are only aged for one to two years before release.

Rioja labelled as Crianza are aged for two years (one year in oak and one year in bottle) and are best suited for early or mid-term enjoyment.

Rioja Reserva wines are aged for three years, often one year in oak and two years in bottle; however there are producers who go above and beyond this requirement with their Reserva wines. Rioja Reserva wines can be age-worthy or offer serious immediate consumption.

Rioja Gran Reserva wines have been regarded as the region’s pinnacle; they are at least five years old (two years in oak barrel and three years in bottle) and are generally ready to drink. But they can age for years too; their long barrel ageing often renders them gentle and complex, rather than big and rich.

 

 

Bodegas Pujanza Norte 2018

From £53.00 - per bottle
High-scoring, single-vineyard Rioja of breathtaking quality & voted Decanter's Wine of the Year... Read More...

Macán Clásico Rioja | Magnum (150cl)

£120.00
Vega Sicilia & Benjamin de Rothschild's Macán Clásico Rioja in large bottle format... Read More...

Jesús Madrazo Rioja Crianza 2018

From £22.00 - per bottle
A unique expression of Rioja Crianza that uses Merlot as part of its composition... Read More...

Artadi Viñas de Gain Tinto 2019

From £25.50 - per bottle
A fresh & fruit driven juicy Tempranillo with a silky smooth finish... Read More...

Jesús Madrazo Selección Rioja 2018

From £39.00 - per bottle
An elegant, yet powerful expression of Rioja from one of Spain's greatest winemakers... Read More...

Artadi La Hoya 2019

From £58.00 - per bottle
This pure, organic Tempranillo is the perfect expression of a single-vineyard wine... Read More...

Petra de Valpiedra Rioja 2018

From £42.00 - per bottle
An outstanding wine created as a tribute to Garnacha, once the queen of Rioja vineyards... Read More...

Bodegas Pujanza 'Hado' Rioja 2018

From £16.75 - per bottle
Bold, rich & fresh, Hado is the perfect introduction to Pujanza Rioja... Read More...

La Rioja Alta S.A. 904 Rioja Gran Reserva 2011 | Magnum (150cl)

£100.00
Year after year this is one of the best value wines in the world... Read More...

Bodegas Pujanza La Paul Rioja 2017

From £36.00 - per bottle
A Rioja of essence & personality from one of the region's First Growth producers... Read More...

Bodegas Pujanza Valdepoleo Rioja 2017

From £23.00 - per bottle
An impeccable, fresh, vibrant & harmonious Rioja crafted by Carlos San Pedro... Read More...

Finca Martelo Rioja Reserva 2015

From £29.00 - per bottle
An intensely flavoured site specific Rioja Reserva showing great elegance and poise... Read More...

Palacios Remondo Propiedad Viñas Viejas Rioja 2017

From £29.00 - per bottle
The flagship red of Palacios Remondo is a silky smooth Grenache of exceptional finesse... Read More...

Coto de Imaz Rioja Reserva 2016

From £16.50 - per bottle
A velvety smooth Rioja Reserva aged for 18 months in new American oak... Read More...

Coto de Imaz Rioja Gran Reserva 2015

From £24.50 - per bottle
A mature & elegant Rioja Gran Reserva with a concentrated, silky smooth palate & long finish... Read More...

El Coto Rioja Rosado 2020

From £10.50 - per bottle
Spanish rosé bursting with aromas of Strawberry, Raspberry & candied cherries... Read More...

Finca Allende Rioja Rosado 2016

From £23.00 - per bottle
A delicious Rioja Rosado crafted by famed winemaker Miguel Ángel de Gregorio... Read More...

C.V.N.E. Contino Rioja Reserva 2017

From £22.00 - per bottle
A high Graciano content gives incredible freshness to this single estate Riojan legend... Read More...

C.V.N.E Contino Rioja Viña del Olivo 2018

From £62.00 - per bottle
Single Estate Rioja, regarded as one of the best wines of modern Spain... Read More...

C.V.N.E. Imperial Rioja Gran Reserva 2012

From £50.00 - per bottle
One of the finest Rioja's, vintage after vintage Imperial is beautifully elegant & balanced... Read More...

C.V.N.E. Imperial Real de Asúa Rioja 2015

From £48.00 - per bottle
No Reserva or Gran Reserva designation, this is simply Real de Asúa... Read More...

C.V.N.E. Asúa Rioja Reserva 2013

From £16.00 - per bottle
Great value Rioja Reserva from the C.V.N.E stable... Read More...

C.V.N.E. Asúa Rioja Crianza 2018

From £10.00 - per bottle
A fantastic value, super juicy Rioja Crianza from the renowned stable of C.V.N.E... Read More...

C.V.N.E. Rioja Maceración Carbónica 2018

From £11.00 - per bottle
A vibrant, aromatic & juicy beauty of a Rioja made using the Carbonic Maceration process... Read More...

Viña Ardanza Rioja Reserva 2015

From £27.00 - per bottle
An outstanding Rioja of pure pleasure from a superb vintage... Read More...

Viña Ardanza Selección Especial Rioja Reserva 2012 | Magnum (150cl)

£55.00
An outstanding Rioja of pure pleasure from a superb vintage... Read More...

Viña Arana Rioja Gran Reserva 2015

From £34.00 - per bottle
Fantastic value...the only Gran Reserva produced in 2014 by La Rioja Alta... Read More...

Conde Valdemar Rioja Rosé 2020

From £10.00 - per bottle
A fruity, delicate style of rosé from the La Rioja region of Spain... Read More...

Bodegas Ondarre Rioja Gran Reserva 2015

From £16.00 - per bottle
Great value, elegant and velvety Gran Reserva Rioja from an excellent vintage... Read More...

Conde Valdemar Rioja Blanco 2021

From £10.50 - per bottle
A refreshing unoaked white Rioja from the respected family-owned Bodegas Valdemar... Read More...

La Rioja Alta S.A. 904 Rioja Gran Reserva

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Year after year this is one of the best value wines in the world... Read More...

Conde Valdemar Rioja Tempranillo 2021

From £10.50 - per bottle
Pure, juicy unoaked Tempranillo from the Rioja Alavesa... Read More...

Cantos de Valpiedra Rioja 2015

From £16.75 - per bottle
The 2nd wine of Valpiedra; intensely sweet, silky smooth & elegant... Read More...

Finca Valpiedra Rioja Reserva 2014

From £25.00 - per bottle
A single vineyard Rioja of spectacular quality from Familia Martínez Bujanda... Read More...

Conde Valdemar Rioja Reserva 2015

From £18.00 - per bottle
The Conde Valdemar Rioja Reserva is an award winning example made from grapes... Read More...

Conde Valdemar Rioja Gran Reserva 2010

From £28.95 - per bottle
The Conde Valdemar Rioja Gran Reserva is an award winning red wine from... Read More...

Conde Valdemar Rioja Edición Limitada 2015

From £40.00 - per bottle
The Conde Valdemar Rioja Edición Limitada is an exclusive limited bottling of Rioja... Read More...

Valdemar Balcón de Pilatos Maturana 2017

From £26.00 - per bottle
Bodegas Valdemar Balcón de Pilatos Maturana is an exclusive red wine from Spain's... Read More...

Macán Rioja

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The outstanding flagship Rioja of Benjamín de Rothschild & Vega Sicillia... Read More...

Macán Clásico Rioja 2018

From £48.00 - per bottle
Freshness, fruitiness & delicacy are the hallmarks of Macán Clásico... Read More...