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few decades. Our goal is to identify the factors that have contributed to the re-emergence of Rioja as one of Spain’s most exciting wine producing regions. After a brief look
at the region and its winemaking history,
the key factors contributing to the improvements in Rioja winemaking in both the vineyard and in the winery. We examine the contributions of Rioja’s Consejo Regulador and its regulatory and classification system We also define the different styles of wine found in Rioja today and how they pair with food. In a final section we analyze how Rioja is positioning itself in export markets and its prospects for export growth especially in the United States market.
What do consumers need to know about purchasing Rioja wines? To help readers make informed choices, our report and website www.i-winereview.com provide tasting notes and ratings for more than 350 Rioja wines. All of these wines are available in the United States but are not all widely available in retail stores. As the shelves of wine stores and/ or supermarkets feature different quality levels and styles of
Rioja wine, these reviews and ratings
are essential to making also provide a list of
Given the wide variety of Rioja
wines of different prices, styles and vintages on the market at any given moment, knowing the most reliable producers is often the single most essential information to making a wise purchase decision.
Many individuals and organizations have contributed to this report, and we would like to thank each and every one of
First and foremost, Ricardo Aguiriano and Rebeca
Gomez of the Consejo Regulador de Rioja for their help in
organizing our visit to Rioja.
Pia Mara Finkell, Lisa Carley,
and Jon Stemel-- The Vibrant Rioja for their encouragement and support
team of all
in CRT/Tanaka aspects of our
work on Rioja. for his advice wine industry.
Tom Perry, Rioja Wine Exporters Association and sharing of information on the Rioja We also can’t say enough about the warm
hospitality and knowledge and information provided us by winemakers and staff of the wineries we visited. We received a great education thanks to all of them. In addition, this report would not have been possible without the complete cooperation of the importers and distributors who provided
Manager Robert Hall team of Jose Andres’
and Chef Ramon Martinez Jaleo Restaurant in Crystal
and the City, VA
for their collaboration on wine and food pairing.
appreciate the help of Jose Guerra, Deputy Director, Wines from Spain in New York who encouraged and supported
express our appreciation to our Contributing Editor,
Ellen Kirsh, and Tasting Coordinator, Roy Wagner, for their inputs and to Miguel Reinares of the La Vineria wine shop in Logroño for his collaboration and professional insights
into the wines of Rioja.
Finally, we wish to acknowledge
with appreciation Hubrecht Duijker and John Bradford, two passionate wine writers who contributed considerably to our understanding of Rioja and its wines.
Michael Potashnik, Publishe , International Wine Review
Donald Winkle , Senior Edito , International Wine Review
Rioja’s 30 Noteworthy Classical And New Wave Producers
On the basis of our extensive tastings, the following producers are noteworthy for crafting some of Rioja’s finest classical (CL) and new wave (NW) wines. These producers are among the many outstanding wineries in Rioja whose wines are reviewed in the Tasting Notes and Rating Section of the report which begins on p. 12
Bodega Abel Mendoza NW Bodegas Altanza CL Bodegas y Viñedos Artadi NW Bodega Baigorri NW Baron de Ley CL Beronia CL Castillo de Cuzcurrita NW Contino CL El Coto CL Cune CL Finca Allende NW Agricola Labastida NW Viñedos Labastida CL Bodegas Lan CL Bodegas Medrano Irazu CL Marques de Murrieta CL/NW Marques de Caceres CL/NW Martinez Lacuesta CL Bodegas Muga CL/NW Bodegas y Viñedos Pujanza NW Remirez de Ganuza NW Bodegas Palacios Remondo NW Granja Nuestra Señora de Remelluri CL Bodegas Roda NW Señorio de San Vicente NW Sierra Cantabria NW Compañia de Vinos Telmo Rodriguez NW Bodegas Valdemar CL/NW Finca Valpiedra CL/NW Viñedos de Paganos NW