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Rioja is the best known of Spanish wines and the red wines have traditionally been characterised by the long periods they spend in cask and their oaky nose and flavour. In recent years the reds have spent less time in wood and more in bottle, and Rioja has also been producing a new style of white wine , light, fresh and fruity, without age in wood.

The Rioja DOCa is divided into three sub regions of Rioja Alta, Rioja Alavesa and Rioja Baja.

Production of Rioja in its present style began after the double disasters of oidium and phylloxera in France in the late 1800’s, when French negociants moved into the district and introduced methods that were used in Bordeaux – notably destalking of the grapes and the aging of the wines in 225 litre oak casks. Long after the French reduced the period in wood , the Riojans continued to age the wines , both red and white for long years in oak – hence the characteristically vanilla – like bouquet and flavour and only recently has more attention been given to bottle age.

Of the many vine varieties formally grown in Rioja, the consejo reguador now approves only the following seven.

Tempranillo – the Rioja grape par excellence , thick skinned, intensely black high alcohol and suitable for aging.

Graciano – small, round and black, make fresh, aromatic wines but are too scarce, too low in alcohol to be used on their own.

Mazuelo – large pointed grapes yield musts rich in colour, extract and tannin, good for wood aged wines.

Garnacha/Grenache – medium sized, thin skinned , widely grown in many other parts of Spain, their musts contain high alcohol, are blended with others to contribute alcohol degree and body. On their own Garnacha wines oxidise very quickly.

Some experimental plantings of Cabernet Sauvignon are permitted

Viura or Macabeo are particulary suited for making light and fruity white wines. Malvasia, vigorous and large leaved but proned to mildew and produce fresh wines with low alcohol but often blended with Viura. Granacha Blanca , not used much in Rioja but produce pleasant white wines, higher in alcohol.

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El Coto Blanco Half Bottle Rioja, 2023


El Coto Blanco Half Bottle Rioja is produced from carefully harvested Viura grapes and fermented at low temperatures to maximise the fresh, crisp flavours of this indigenous grape. Zesty and aromatic with lively citric fruit and an elegant and refreshing taste.

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375ml £7.75

Otonal Tinto, Bodegas Olarra, Rioja, 2022

Light to medium body, fruity red


Otonal Tinto, Bodegas Olarra, Rioja is a dark cherry with purplish hues, Intense fruity aroma recalling juicy red berries. Refreshing, rich and fruity flavours with a very persistent finish,

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750ml £9.98

Otonal Blanco, Bodegas Olarra, Rioja, 2022

Light to medium bodied, dry, fresh fruit driven white


Otonal Blanco, Bodegas Olarra, Rioja is a fresh, fruity and lively wine with crisp acidity.

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750ml £9.98

Lopez de Haro Blanco, Rioja 2022


Hacienda Lopez de Haro Barrel Fermented White Rioja has been aged in oak for a generous three months. The grapes have been selected from 80 year old vines. This wine is brimming with ripe yellow fruits with a dusting of almonds.

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750ml £10.95

Monte Llano Tempranillo, Ramon Bilbao, Rioja, 2019


Monte Llano Tempranillo, Ramon Bilbao, Rioja shows aromas of ripe grapes, red currants, blackberries, fresh with flavours of preserved fruit.

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750ml £10.98

Anares Tinto Rioja Crianza, Bodegas Olarra, 2020

Medium bodied, dry red, easy drinking


Bodegas Olarra is located on the outskirts of Logrono in the heart of the Rioja region. Since its establishment in 1973, Olarra has been noted for the beauty and complexity of its unique premises, thanks to its Y shaped ground plan and 111 hexagonal domes. It is commonly known as the Catherdral of Rioja

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750ml £12.50

Vina Palaciega Blanco Rioja, 2022


Vina Palaciega Blanco Rioja is straw yellow in colour with nice aromas of white fruit and wild flowers. On the palate, the wine is medium-bodied with lots more fruit, fresh acidity and hints of citrus.

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750ml £12.50

Vina Palaciega Tempranillo Rioja, 2021


Vina Palaciega Tempranillo Rioja is deep red in colour with strong perfumes of red plums, strawberries and rose petals. The palate enjoys lots more fruit, including dried mango and honey, and good balance between the acidity and tannins.

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750ml £12.50

El Coto Blanco, Rioja, 2023


El Coto Blanco, Rioja is produced from carefully harvested Viura grapes and fermented at low temperatures to maximise the fresh, crisp flavours of this indigenous grape. Zesty and aromatic with lively citric fruit and an elegant and refreshing taste.

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750ml £12.98

Cerro Anon Crianza, Bodegas Olarra, Rioja, 2020


Cerro Anon Crianza, Bodegas Olarra, Rioja is a dark red colour with hints of ruby and a fruity nose with spicy oak from cask ageing. A lovely mouth balance of fruit, ripe tannins with a mellow, long finish.

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750ml £12.98

Lopez de Haro Crianza, Rioja, 2020


Hacienda Lopez de Haro Crianza has aromas of ripe red fruits and licorish combining with coffee, vanilla, balsamic nuances, a smooth, velvety finish. This wine has had 18 months in oak barrels

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750ml £12.98

El Coto Rosado, Rioja, 2023


El Coto Rosado, Rioja, has been produced from Tempranillo and Garnacha grapes. It has a lovely salmon pink colour as a result of a short skin maceration and has been fermented at low temperatures to maximise the strawberry and red currant aromas. On the palate the wine is powerful with fresh aromas and ripe fruit.

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750ml £13.55

Vina Palaciega Crianza Rioja, 2019


Vina Palaciega Crianza Rioja is red garnet in colour with purple hues and lovely aromas of dark fruit and soft warm spice. Full-bodied with flavours of blackberries and redcurrants, hints of vanilla and manuka honey.

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750ml £13.75

Monte Llano Viura, Ramon Bilbao, Rioja, 2023


Monte Llano Viura, Bodegas Ramon Bilbao, Rioja has aromas of green apples and notes of exotic fruit. A fresh and fruity wine with an elegant finish.

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750ml £13.85

El Coto Blanco Verdejo, Rioja, 2022


El Coto Blanco Verdejo, Rioja has been produced with grapes of the Verdejo variety from the highest altitude vineyard in the DOCa Rioja. Fermentation at a very low temperature makes it possible to extract tropical fruit, fennel and anise aromas. On the palate it is unctuous, lively and elkegant with a persistent freshness.

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750ml £13.98

Ramon Bilbao Crianza Rioja, 2017


Ramon Bilbao Crianza Rioja has aromas of fresh dark fruit, blackberries and blackcurrants. It has a lovely ripeness and generous fruit character, whilst retaining good structure.

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750ml £14.75

Muga Rosado, Rioja, 2022


Muga Rosado, Bodegas Muga, Rioja is a deep salmon colour with intensely fresh, strawberry and orange peel aromas, lively finish,

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750ml £14.95

Anares Tinto Rioja Reserva, Bodegas Olarra, 2018

Medium to full bodied dry red with complexity and finesse


Anares Tinto Rioja Reserva, Bodegas Olarra has nice oak in this soft and pleasant rioja, silky and well balanced, aromatic with a persistent finish,

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750ml £14.98

El Coto, Crianza, Rioja, 2020


El Coto, Crianza, Rioja is a perfect balance between fresh fruit, vanilla and toasted oak, a bright cherry colour, lengthy finish,

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700ml £15.50

Gran Dominio Rioja Crianza, 2019


Gran Dominio Rioja Crianza has a rich ruby colour and flavours of ripe fruits on the nose. It has excellent balance on the palate, with hints of vanilla from oak ageing, also more fruit mixing well the supple tannins.

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750ml £15.50

Ramon Bilbao Rioja Edicion Limitada, 2016


Ramon Bilbao Rioja Edicion Limitada has spicy nuances of black pepper, cloves and cumin. Fresh wood aromas, notes of cocoa, dry tobacco leaves, mint, smooth, fruity mouth feel with a lingering finish.

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750ml £15.94

Izadi, "Larrosa" Rioja Rosado 2022


Izadi, \"Larrosa\" Rioja Rosado has a lovely pale salmon colour. It has aromas of strawberry, raspberry and red cherries, alongside notes of white peach and pear. The finish is long and very elegant.

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750ml £15.95

Muga Blanco Barrel Fermented, Rioja, 2022


Muga Blanco Barrel Fermented Bodegas Muga Rioja has complex, toasted aromas with fresh vibrant fruits give way to zesty lime, spicy and vanilla toasted oak flavours and a refreshing spicy finish,

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750ml £15.98

Cerro Anon Reserva, Bodegas Olarra, Rioja, 2019


Cerro Anon Reserva, Bodegas Olarra, Rioja is very complex with fine aromas, well integrated fruit and tannins. It is silky smooth with a well rounded mouth feel.

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750ml £15.98

Lopez de Haro Reserva, Rioja 2017


Lopez de Haro Reserva, Rioja has a powerful nose with aromas of ripe fruit, complex spicy and balsamic notes with a slight touch of vanilla. Very balanced on the palate with ripe sweet tannins.

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750ml £16.50

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