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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 Baja 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 Baja, 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.

 

 

Viña Eguía Rioja Tempranillo 2016

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The Viña Eguía Rioja Tempranillo is a cherry red colour with strong intensity.... Read More...
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The Wine Merchants Rioja Crianza by Bodegas Amézola de la Mora 2015

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The Wine Merchants Rioja Crianza is and excellent value red wine made by... Read More...
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Conde Valdemar Rioja Tempranillo 2018

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The Conde Valdemar Rioja Tempranillo is a young style of Rioja sourced from... Read More...
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Belezos 50/50 Rioja 2017

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Bodegas Zugober Belezos 50/50 Rioja is a young style of Tempranillo made by... Read More...
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Bodegas Zugober Belezos Rioja Crianza 2016

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Bodegas Zugober 'Belezos' Rioja Crianza is made from Tempranillo and Graciano grapes. The... Read More...
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Bodegas Ondarre Rioja Reserva 2014

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Bodegas Ondarre Rioja Reserva is a blend of Tempranillo, Mazuelo and Garnacha grapes.... Read More...
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Bodegas Zugober Belezos Rioja Blanco 2016

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Bodegas Zugober 'Belezos' Rioja Blanco is a barrel fermented white wine made from... Read More...
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Bodegas Palacios Remondo La Vendimia 2017

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Bodegas Palacios Remondo La Vendimia is a Rioja red wine that represents the... Read More...
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Conde Valdemar Rioja Crianza 2015

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The Bodegas Valdemar, Conde Valdemar Rioja Crianza is made with a unique blend... Read More...
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Viña Amézola Rioja Crianza 2016

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The Viña Amézola Rioja Crianza is a red wine made from carefully selected... Read More...
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Conde Valdemar Rioja Blanco Finca Alto Cantabria 2017

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Bodegas Valdemar's, Conde Valdemar Finca Alto Cantabria Rioja Blanco, is produced with 100%... Read More...
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Bodegas Palacios Remondo La Montesa Rioja Crianza 2015

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The Bodegas Palacios Remondo La Montesa Rioja Crianza is named after a hillside... Read More...
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Cantos de Valpiedra Rioja 2014

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Adopting the Bordeaux Chateaux concept, Cantos de Valpiedra Rioja, is a 'second wine'... Read More...
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Bodegas Zugober Belezos Rioja Reserva 2013

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The Bodegas Zugober 'Belezos' Rioja Reserva is an award winning and highly rated... Read More...
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Bodegas R. López de Heredia Viña Cubillo Crianza 2009

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The Bodegas R. López de Heredia Viña Cubillo is a Rioja Crianza red... Read More...
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Viña Alberdi Rioja Reserva 2013

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The Viña Alberdi Rioja Reserva, from the La Rioja Alta stable, is 100%... Read More...
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Conde Valdemar Rioja Reserva 2011

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The Conde Valdemar Rioja Reserva is an award winning example made from grapes... Read More...
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Señorío Amézola Rioja Reserva 2012

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The Señorío Amézola Rioja Reserva is a red wine made from carefully selected... Read More...
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Bodegas Palacios Remondo Plácet Valtomelloso 2017

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Bodegas Palacios Remondo Plácet Valtomelloso is a limited-production, estate-grown organic white wine made... Read More...
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Viña Arana Rioja Reserva 2011

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Viña Arana Reserva from La Rioja Alta is made from Tempranillo (95%) and... Read More...
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Finca Allende Rioja Tinto 2012

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Finca Allende, the estate created by the exuberant Miguel Ángel de Gregorio, is... Read More...
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Finca Valpiedra Rioja Reserva 2011

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The unique soils and climate of Rioja Alta give the Finca Piedra Rioja... Read More...
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Bodegas R. López de Heredia Viña Bosconia Reserva 2006

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The Bodegas R.López de Heredia Viña Bosconia Rioja Reserva is a red wine... Read More...
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Valdemar Balcón de Pilatos Maturana 2016

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Bodegas Valdemar Balcón de Pilatos Maturana is an exclusive red wine from Spain's... Read More...
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Bodegas Zugober Belezos Rioja Gran Reserva 2010

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Only produced in exceptional vintages, the Bodegas Zugober Belezos Rioja Gran Reserva is... Read More...
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Viña Ardanza Rioja Reserva 2009

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La Rioja Alta S.A. Viña Ardanza Rioja Reserva is an outstanding style of... Read More...
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Conde Valdemar Rioja Gran Reserva 2010

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The Conde Valdemar Rioja Gran Reserva is an award winning red wine from... Read More...
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Bodegas Palacios Remondo Propiedad 2015

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The Palacios Remondo Propiedad is the estate’s flagship wine and is made from... Read More...
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Bodegas R. López de Heredia Viña Tondonia Reserva 2006

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The Bodegas R. López de Heredia Viña Tondonia Rioja Reserva is a blend... Read More...
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Viña Alberdi Rioja Reserva | Magnum

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The Viña Alberdi Rioja Reserva, from the La Rioja Alta stable, is 100%... Read More...
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Viña Arana Rioja Gran Reserva 2012

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The Viña Arana Rioja Gran Reserva 2012 marks a new beginning for La... Read More...
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Artadi Valdeginés 2016

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The Artadi Valdeginés Rioja comes from an organically farmed, single vineyard, planted in... Read More...
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Macán Clásico Rioja 2014

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Made from 100% Tempranillo Macán Clásico is a wine deeply attached to its... Read More...
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La Rioja Alta 904 Gran Reserva 2007

£39.50
The Gran Reserva 904 from La Rioja Alta is an iconic red wine... Read More...
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Conde Valdemar Rioja Edición Limitada 2015

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The Conde Valdemar Rioja Edición Limitada is an exclusive limited bottling of Rioja... Read More...
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La Rioja Alta 904 Gran Reserva 2009

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The La Rioja Alta, S.A Gran Reserva 904 is an iconic red wine... Read More...
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Viña Ardanza Rioja Reserva 2009 | Magnum

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La Rioja Alta S.A. Viña Ardanza Rioja Reserva is an outstanding style of... Read More...
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Macán Rioja 2014

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Macán is Bodegas Benjamín de Rothschild & Vega Sicilia´s flagship wine. It's elegance,... Read More...
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Bodega Contador La Cueva del Contador

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La Cueva del Contador is named after the centuries-old caves or “cuevas” carved... Read More...
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Bodega Contador La Viña de Andrés Romeo

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Bodega Contador La Viña de Andrés, is a single-vineyard Rioja red wine made... Read More...
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