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Rioja

Ever since the 70s, when Brits, bored of package holidays to Blackpool and ‘Jolly Boys Outings’ to Margate, started bothering the folk of Benidorm with yells of “more vino por favour,” Rioja has been a region loved in Britain. Rioja, predominately made from Tempranillo and Garnacha, is so loved that, in the town of Haro there is an annual Rioja festival, where participants conduct a food fight of sorts, except with wine. No doubt at the end of the night, there’s a few partyers ringing their T-shirts out to get one last, delicious drop. In fact, those big, oaky, red fruit, mouth-bombs have become renowned across the globe, as some of the finest wines in the world.

We love that style of Rioja, the wines of Vina Ardanza and La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva have been on our shelves for many a moon because their classic flavours of Intense dark-fruit, coconut, vanilla, leather and dark chocolate make us flamenco across the tapas bar. This is not the be all and end all of Rioja however…

Those shrewd Spaniards have been mixing things up; Rioja is becoming just as renowned for lighter, floral, fruit driven reds as they are for oaky beasts. Wines such as Louis Alegre Koden, might just change your perception if you think you know all there is to know about Rioja. “Muchas gracias camarero!”

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  • La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 - 2009

    La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 - 2009

    £44.00

    £44.00

    This is the Big Papa of Spanish winemaking. There's no messing around with new-fangled methods or bending to fickle fash...
  • Lat 42 Rioja Reserva Spanish Red Wine

    Lat 42 Rioja Reserva 2012

    £14.50

    £14.50

    If you ran around the circle of latitude 42 degrees north of the equator you'd visit some pretty unusual places: Cors...
  • Luis Alegre Crianza 2014 - Rioja Alavesa - Magnum

    Luis Alegre Crianza Tempranillo 2014 - Magnum

    £28.00

    £28.00

    Here at Oddbins, we know when we're on to a good thing. We like this wine, we can see that you like it too, so what d...
  • Luis Alegre Rioja Blanco Viura Spanish White Wine

    Luis Alegre Unoaked Viura Blanco 2016

    £9.50

    £9.50

    And yet another wholly distinctive white from Spain. Such is the diversity and variety available you're unlikely to f...
  • Paternina Rioja Banda Gris Tempranillo 2015 Spanish Red Wine

    Paternina Rioja Banda Gris Tempranillo 2015

    £8.75

    £8.75

    The Marquis' daughter was blessed with extraordinary imagination and spent her days in a make-believe world. But when...
  • Paternina Gran Reserva Paternina Tempranillo Red Wine 2008

    Paternina Rioja Gran Reserva Tempranillo 2008

    £15.00

    £15.00

    These wines are named for Don José Fernando de Abascal y Sousa, 1st Marqués de la Concordia, the 25th Vicer...
  • Viña Alberdi Rioja Reserva, La Rioja Alta 2010

    Viña Alberdi Rioja Reserva La Rioja Alta 2011

    £19.00

    £19.00

    This wine is like falling head over heels in love. It is all encompassing, completely mesmerising and totally distrac...
  • Viña Ardanza Rioja Alta 2009 Red Wine

    Viña Ardanza Rioja Alta 2009

    £27.75

    £27.75

    Alta means 'high' in Spanish and, while this may actually refer to the higher aspect of La Rioja Alta, it is also ver...

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