Rioja

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.
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  1. ALEGRO RIOJA CRIANZA 2017
    A representative wine of the new Rioja style- elegant, balanced and reliable on any occasion. 100% Tempranillo, hand harvested from a selection of vines with an average age of 20 years & matured for 12 months in American and French oak barrels. Very bright ... Learn More
  2. VEGA DEL RAYO RIOJA VENDIMIA SELECCIONADA 2017
    Classic in style, it is a delicious modern Rioja with deep colour and ripe plum and cherry fruit aromas. Richly flavoured and substantial with fruit dominant and a smoky, spicy notes like ripe blackberries, tobacco & chocolate. For the money, there ... Learn More
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  3. FAUSTINO VII TEMPRANILLO 2018
    A classic, old school Rioja from a family owned & operated winery. Pleasant, ripe red fruits, smokey blackberries & sweet oak spice on the nose. Elegant & fresh on the palate with strawberry acidity & brambly fruit balancing dried herb & leathery tannins. Silky, friendly ... Learn More
  4. ALEGRO RIOJA RESERVA 2014
    A clear example of the elegance and silkiness of Rioja Reservas but with a more modern profile. 100% Tempranillo at the heart of the D.O.Ca. Rioja, hand harvested from a selection of bush vines with an average age of 35 ... Learn More
  5. VEGA DEL RAYO RIOJA RESERVA 2012
    An intense wine, classically designed and crafted from 30 - 40 year old Rioja Alto vineyards, packed full of lovely leathery black fruit and spice. Aromas of ripe red berries, with a touch of oak, vanilla & cinnamon. The palate is silky and ... Learn More
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    6 Individual Wines; each representative of their terroirs and supremely expressive of the individual varietal.


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  7. SPRING INTO SUMMER- RESERVE RANGE

    Spring Into Summer Mix

    6 Individual Reserve Wines; each representative of their terroirs and supremely expressive of the individual varietal.

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    x1 Hawkes Bay Syrah (New Zealand)
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