Top 100 red wines of La Rioja

Discover the top 100 best red wines of La Rioja as well as the best winemakers in the region. Explore the varietals of the red wines that are popular in La Rioja and the best vintages to taste in this region.

Discovering the wine region of La Rioja

La Rioja is a wine region in the foothills of the Andes Mountains in western Argentina, North of Mendoza and San Juan. Unlike its Spanish namesake, it has traditionally been associated most closely with white wines. The mountainous Terroir of the region is particularly suited to the Torrontés Riojano variety, which produces Fruity, Soft, Aromatic whites. Bonarda, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec can also be found growing throughout the region.

Locals argue that La Rioja was one of the first Argentinian regions to have vines Planted in it, and Spanish settlers in the late 16th Century are widely credited with being the first to plant grapes here. La Rioja was named for the northern Spanish region by Juan Ramirez de Velasco, a native of the latter. This has caused some animosity between the two regions. In 2011, the Argentinian province won a court case allowing it to continue to label its wines as 'La Rioja Argentina'.

Vineyard conditions in La Rioja La Rioja's position in the rain shadow of the Andes range means that wine-producing areas are strictly governed by access to water. As a result, vineyard distribution is scattered. There is a single main production area in the Famatina Valley, which sits in the mesoclimate formed by the Sierra de Velasco and the Sierra de Famatina mountain ranges. Some small vineyard areas can also be found around the towns of Nonogasta and Villa Union.

Discover the grape variety: Malbec

Malbec, a high-yielding red grape variety, produces tannic and colourful wines. It is produced in different wine-growing regions and changes its name according to the grape variety. Called Auxerrois in Cahors, Malbec in Bordeaux, it is also known as Côt. 6,000 hectares of the Malbec grape are grown in France (in decline since the 1950s). Malbec is also very successful in Argentina. The country has become the world's leading producer of Malbec and offers wines with great potential.

Food and wine pairing with a red wine of La Rioja

red wines from the region of La Rioja go well with generally quite well with dishes of beef, pasta or lamb such as recipes of cornish pasties, pasta romantica or marinated lamb chops.

News from the vineyard of La Rioja

Port and Sherry importers incensed by UK duty tax plans

Prices on Port and Sherry could increase by around 13% in the UK if the government presses ahead with its duty tax reform as planned, according to industry leaders. Producers and merchants have been left incensed by the plans, said the Wine & Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) today (9 December), following a meeting with members connected to fortified wine. ‘If you like a glass of Port or Sherry at Christmas we suggest you make the most of it this year [because] it might be priced out of your C ...

Column: Christmas Day drinks – a ‘real-world’ guide

Christmas, famously, is not about religion any more. But as a Decanter reader, you’ll also know that it’s not about giving, family or food either. No, it’s about drink. The one time of year when we get to open the good stuff without anyone questioning what we’re doing. And of course, there’s no shortage of advice as to what form those bottles should take. Every year, hacks in newspapers, magazines and websites tell us how to make the big day go with a bang. But these don’t correspond with the re ...

‘Historical Super Tuscan’ producers unite under new association

Sixteen founding members launched the new ‘historical’ SuperTuscan wine committee in Florence last week. Paolo Panerai, of Castellare di Castellina, is president of the newly formed Comitato Historical Super Tuscans, with Davide Profeti, of San Felice, as vice-president. Piero Antinori, whose Tignanello and Solaia are some of the best-known SuperTuscans, is the committee’s honorary founder. The association has set its headquarters in Castelnuovo Berardenga, near Siena, and its foundi ...

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