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Those from the appellation Rioja are doubtlessly the most internationally acclaimed Spanish wines.  The wine producing area of La Rioja is placed in the middle course of the Ebro River, being a part of its depression. The north limits with the Sierra de Cantabria and the south with Sierra de la Demanda. Rioja wines are grouped in 144 municipalities.

The 63.000 hectares of the DOC Rioja are contained mainly in the autonomous community of La Rioja, the south part of Álava (Basque Country) and some municipalities at the south of Navarra. There are three sub-areas included in the DOC Rioja: Rioja Alta, with 43.000 hectares of vineyards, Rioja Alavesa, with 13.000 hectares and Rioja Baja with 7.000 hectares.

In the continental (Atlantic) extreme climate of Rioja Alta, where vineyards spread over a gentle topography of clay and limestone soils, ferrous and alluvial terrains, Tempranillo variety stands out for the production of balanced red wines, with elegant aromas, stability and high acidity.

The Rioja Alavesa for its side has both Atlantic and Mediterranean influence, short summers and temperate winters, with some frost but little snow. Here the vineyards are arranged facing east, protected by the Sierra de Cantabria, in clay-limestone soils. This sub-area produces Tempranillo red wines, both young and barrel aged, with average alcoholic content and acidity. The production of carbonic maceration wines is common. On a Tempranillo base, with small contributions of Garnacha, Mazuelo and Viura, great Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva from DOC Rioja are produced, wines up to the quality standard of the most famous wines in the world. Some young and oak-barrel aged white wines are produced also. 

Rioja Baja, with Mediterranean climate, is distinguished by the fruitful nature of the terrains, which furnish good harvests with perfectly ripened grapes. In this ferrous-clay soils, Garnacha variety develops particularly well, and is used in the production of red and rosé aromatic wines, low in acidity and with higher extract and alcoholic content. The lots in this area are flat, bigger in size and with deeper soils compared to the other ones, with plenty of boulders that fall from up to 300 metres. 

Varieties used in Rioja wines are: Malvasía, Garnacha Blanca and Viura for white Rioja wines; Tempranillo, Garnacha, Graciano and Mazuelo for the red Rioja wines.

Different category wines are produced in Rioja depending on the ageing process: harvest wine is the wine produced and sold only months after being bottled. It also includes other wines that do not fit in the ranks crianza, reserva or gran reserva, despite having gone through some ageing process. Crianza wine is the one that has rested at least one year in oak-barrel and six months minimum in bottle; reserva wine has a minimum of three years ageing between barrel and bottle, being at least one year in barrel, and finally the gran reserva wine, where wine is at least two years oak-barrel aged and three years ageing in bottle.

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Wine from Rioja

Lecea Blanco 2013
Quantity:
3,24 £
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Type of wine Young White Winery Bodegas Lecea Appellation Rioja Grapes Viura
Lecea Clarete 2013
Quantity:
3,24 £
Charming
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Type of wine Young Rosé Winery Bodegas Lecea Appellation Rioja Grapes Viura, Garnacha
Lecea Tinto 2013
Quantity:
3,33 £
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Type of wine Young Red Winery Bodegas Lecea Appellation Rioja Grapes Tempranillo
Lopez de Haro Tempranillo 2016
Quantity:
4,11 £
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Type of wine Young Crianza Red Winery Bodega Classica Appellation Rioja Grapes Tempranillo
Lopez de Haro Rosado 2016
Quantity:
4,11 £
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Type of wine Young Rosé Winery Bodega Classica Appellation Rioja Grapes Garnacha, Viura
Lopez de Haro Blanco 2016
Quantity:
4,11 £
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Type of wine Barrel Aged White Winery Bodega Classica Appellation Rioja Grapes Viura
Cune Rosado 2016
Quantity:
4,52 £
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Lopez de Haro Crianza 2013
Quantity:
4,93 £
Other Vintages available: 2014
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Type of wine Crianza Red Winery Bodega Classica Appellation Rioja Grapes Tempranillo, Garnacha, Graciano
Lopez de Haro Crianza 2014
Quantity:
4,93 £
bottle x6: 4,71 £/u. (-5%)
Other Vintages available: 2013
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Type of wine Crianza Red Winery Bodega Classica Appellation Rioja Grapes Tempranillo, Garnacha, Graciano
Londoño Tinto 2015
Quantity:
5,07 £
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Type of wine Young Red Winery DSL Bodegas y Viñedos Appellation Rioja Grapes Tempranillo, Garnacha
Cune Blanco Semidulce
Quantity:
5,07 £
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Type of wine Young White Winery Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España Appellation Rioja Grapes Viura
Marqués de Riscal Rosado 2015
Quantity:
5,12 £
Other Vintages available: 2016
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Marqués de Riscal Rosado 2016
Quantity:
5,12 £
Other Vintages available: 2015
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Monopole 2016
Quantity:
5,12 £
PK87
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Type of wine Young White Winery Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España Appellation Rioja Grapes Viura
Glorioso Crianza 2013
Quantity:
5,21 £
Charming
Other Vintages available: 2014
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90
Type of wine Crianza Red Winery Bodegas Palacio Appellation Rioja Grapes Tempranillo
Glorioso Crianza 2014
Quantity:
5,21 £
Charming
Other Vintages available: 2013
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90
Type of wine Crianza Red Winery Bodegas Palacio Appellation Rioja Grapes Tempranillo
Edulis Crianza 2014
Quantity:
5,21 £
bottle x6: 4,93 £/u. (-5%)
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Type of wine Crianza Red Winery Bodegas Altanza Appellation Rioja Grapes Tempranillo
El Guia 2016
Quantity:
5,25 £
PK88
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Type of wine Young Red Winery Finca de la Rica Appellation Rioja Grapes Tempranillo, Viura
Ares Blanco 2011
Quantity:
5,30 £
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Type of wine Young White Winery Bodegas Dios Ares Appellation Rioja Grapes Viura
Urbión Cuvée 2015
Quantity:
5,30 £
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Type of wine Young Crianza Red Winery Hacienda Urbión Appellation Rioja Grapes Tempranillo, Garnacha
Lecea Crianza 2011
Quantity:
5,35 £
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Type of wine Crianza Red Winery Bodegas Lecea Appellation Rioja Grapes Tempranillo
Finca Nueva Viura 2015
Quantity:
5,35 £
PK88
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Type of wine Young White Winery Bodegas Finca Nueva Appellation Rioja Grapes Viura
Finca Nueva Tempranillo 2015
Quantity:
5,35 £
PK88
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Type of wine Young Red Winery Bodegas Finca Nueva Appellation Rioja Grapes Tempranillo
Sierra Cantabria Selección 2015
Quantity:
5,35 £
Other Bottle sizes: Magnum
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Type of wine Young Red Winery Sierra Cantabria Appellation Rioja Grapes Tempranillo
Luberri 2016
Quantity:
5,39 £
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Type of wine Young Red Winery Familia Monje Amestoy Appellation Rioja Grapes Tempranillo, Viura
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