Rueda, Rioja, Mendoza

Rioja is located in the south of the Cantabrian Mountains along the Ebro river in the north of Spain. The region also has a river called Rio Oja, which is where the region likely gained its name. There are three main regions in Rioja, with each of them producing quite unique expressions of Rioja wines.

To the west is Rioja Alta, in the higher elevated area. This sub-region is renowned for its old-world wines that are often lighter on the palate due to the higher altitude. The wines coming out of Rioja Alavesa on the other hand are fuller bodies, with higher acid levels than those from Rioja Alta. The third area, Rioja Baja is the warmest and driest of all, and can in summer months can be exposed to very high temperatures drought so irrigation is now permitted in the region.

The reds (tinto) wines of Rioja are generally blends of Tempranillo and Garnacha with lesser amounts of Graciano and Mazuelo. Amongst the white (bianco) varieties, Viura is the most common though normally blended with Malvasia or Garnacha Blanc. Plenty of interesting Rosé wines are produced, most commonly from the Garnacha variety. Note that wineries in Spain are commonly referred to as bodegas.
Mendoza is by far the largest wine region in Argentina. Located on a high-altitude plateau at the edge of the Andes Mountains, the province is responsible for roughly 70 percent of the country's annual wine production. The French grape variety Malbec has its New World home in the vineyards of Mendoza, producing red wines of great concentration and intensity.

The province lies on the western edge of Argentina, across the Andes Mountains from Chile. While the province is large (it covers a similar area to the state of New York), its viticultural land is clustered mainly in the northern part, just south of Mendoza City. Here, the regions of Lujan de Cuyo, Maipu and the Uco Valley are home to some of the biggest names in Argentinian wine.

This soil in this region is alluvial with rocky subsoil. It possesses sediments of sand, silt and clay. Its little organic matter restraints the grapevine’s growth and this results in excellent quality grapes suitable for winemaking. Malbec wines from this area hold outstanding features; red and violet tones with great intensity.
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  1. VINA MURIEL RIOJA CRIANZA 2015
    Very bright and cherry red in colour leading to ripe red fruited aromas and flavours combined with subtle vanilla, mocha and liquorice notes. The palate is fleshy and mouth-filling with soft, juicy fruit, soft acidity and supple tannins. A very ... Learn More
  2. ALEGRO RIOJA TINTO TEMPRANILLO 2018
    A fun, fruity wine, perfect to enjoy every day with a snack or any Mediterranean dishes, like rice, vegetable or pasta. This wine is representative of the virtues of the Tempranillo variety: intense floral aromas, very fresh red and dark ... Learn More
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  3. FINCA NUEVA RIOJA ROSADO 2016
    The Finca Nueva Rosado is made for easy and enjoyable drinking. From the creator of Finca Allende, these wines over deliver on expectations. Miguel Ángel de Gregorio, one of the great revolutionaries pushing for modernity in Rioja, is the man ... Learn More
  4. ALEGRO RIOJA CRIANZA 2016
    A representative wine of the new Rioja style, interpreted from modernity. Elegant, balanced and reliable on any occasion, with classic aromas of red fruit and vanilla and subtle hints of liquorice and toffee. Versatile with all kinds of Mediterranean dishes ( ... Learn More
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  5. BODEGAS SALENTEIN PORTILLO MALBEC 2019
    Exclusively imported by United Cellars, this outstanding value Argentinian Malbec is a consistent favourite of staff and our regular customers. Displaying a fresh and fruity nose, enhanced by hints of plums, black berries and a touch of vanilla. The palate ... Learn More
  6. ESQUINAS DE ARGENTO MALBEC 2018
    Nicola Cantena planted his first Malbvec vineyard in Mendoza in 1902! This wine goes through an extensive cold maceration for 5 days at 48ºF (8,8ºC) to extract aromas. The juice is then fermented for 26 days with a post-fermentation maceration of 24 days. Wild ... Learn More
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  7. VINA MURIEL RIOJA RESERVA 2015
    Classic ruby red with a terracotta hue. Lifted aromas of red berries, cola, vanilla and subtle garden herbs. Ripe fruit flavour is pulled elegantly firm with fine sandy tannins and perky, refreshing acidity. This is an expressive yet refined Tempranillo ... Learn More
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  8. ALEGRO RIOJA RESERVA 2014
    A clear example of the elegance and silkiness of Rioja Reservas but with a more modern profile. With the complexity of long ageing in the barrel and bottle, and the delicateness of the Tempranillo. A wine with intense aromas of ... Learn More
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  9. BODEGAS SALENTEIN 'BARREL SELECTION' MALBEC 2018
    Exclusively imported by United Cellars, a multi-award winning Malbec from Argentina that is a real hearty and full-bodied wine. On the nose, it is intense and complex with outstanding aromas of red fruits, black berries, as well as delicate floral ... Learn More
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  10. VALENCISO RESERVA RIOJA 2012
    It's naturally fermented, vinified in concrete vats and aged in low toast French and Russian oak for just 12 months. Forest fruits on the nose with some cherry aromas. There are also some earthy notes and hints of liquorice. Has liquorice, ... Learn More
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  11. BODEGAS SALENTEIN PRIMUS MALBEC 2016
    Exclusively imported by United Cellars - Bodegas Salentein is the heart and soul of the Uco Valley. Aromas of blackberries, raspberries and blueberries, combined with floral hints and delicate notes of vanilla and spices granted by its oak ageing. In ... Learn More
  12. LA RIOJA ALTA RIOJA RESERVA ‘VINA ARDANZA’ 2009
    The Tempranillo grapes (80%) come from the 30-year-old La Cuesta and Montecillo vineyards, located in Fuenmayor y Cenicero. For the first time in the blend of this brand, the Garnacha (20%) comes from La Pedriza vineyard in Tudelilla (Rioja Baja) at an ... Learn More
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  13. BODEGA CATENA ZAPATA ALTA MALBEC 2013
    The Catena Alta wines can usually be drunk starting at three years after harvest and into the following one to two decades. ... Learn More
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  14. CATENA ZAPATA ADRIANNA VINEYARD 'WHITE STONES' CHARDONNAY 2013​
    White Stones Chardonnay comes from a select 27 rows within Block 1 of the Adrianna Vineyard. The name refers to the ground beneath the vines which is covered with gravel - oval white stones. "The 2013 White Stones Chardonnay had penetrating balsamic aromas ... Learn More
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  15. BODEGA CATENA ZAPATA ARGENTINO MALBEC 2012
    No matter what the vintage, this wine is really more than 100 years old. It represents a family's journey to produce an Argentine Malbec that can stand with the great wines of the world. ... Learn More
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  16. LA RIOJA ALTA RIOJA GRAN RESERVA ‘904’ 2009
    90% Tempranillo and 10% Graciano from vines over 60 years old in vineyards in Briñas, Labastida and Villalba. ... Learn More
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  17. BODEGA CATENA ZAPATA ADRIANNA VINEYARD 'WHITE BONES' CHARDONNAY 2013​
    Nicola Cantena planted his first Malbec vineyard in Mendoza in 1902 and today the estate is run by Nicholás Cantena and his daughter Laura. "The superb, elegant and aromatic 2013 White Bones Chardonnay seemed to jump out of the glass with ... Learn More
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  18. BODEGA ​CATENA ZAPATA ADRIANNA VINEYARD 'MUNDUS BACILLUS TERRAE' MALBEC 2011
    The Catena Family is entering its second century of winemaking in Mendoza, Argentina. Named after Nicolás Catena Zapata’s youngest daughter, the Adrianna Vineyard is located at almost 5,000 feet elevation in Mendoza. The soils in this 1.4 hectare parcel are ... Learn More
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