The prestige of a privileged land devoted to wine for more than two thousand years.
Rioja was the first Designation of Origin in Spain to earn Calificada status. This was in 1991.
A rigorous and effective control system makes Rioja synonymous with the highest quality.
Three production zones, each with a distinct personality: Rioja Alavesa, Rioja Alta and Rioja Orient
Certain to leave a mark on you. Wine is the connecting theme of all our routes.
Delve into the heart of our wines by knowing the history of our municipalities.
We tell you our stories and those of our wines.
The month sees the Drink Rioja campaign hit restaurants, bars and retailers throughout October to celebrate the UK’s favourite Spanish wine region. Our participants are going all out to make Drink Rioja an incredible, month-long, nationwide celebration, with events including drop-in wine tastings, giveaways and parties! So, find your closest Drink Rioja retailer or bar and join in the fun this October.
Drink Rioja bars and restaurants:
For London-based Rioja lovers, New Street Wine is holding a walk-in tasting and a guided flight of five wines to get your Rioja journey started on 7th October. Feeling hungry? Then head right next door to New Street Grill where the team is cooking up a lunch offer with a specially paired glass of Rioja.
Join legendary London Spanish eatery, Camino, where all four sites (King’s Cross, Monument, Bankside and Shoreditch) will be dedicating a whole day to a different style of Rioja and will match a traditional tapita to the wine style of the day. To round off the month, Camino Bankside will be hosting a Rioja party on 30th October with traditional guitars, tasty tapas and discounted glasses of Rioja. Camino is welcoming everyone to join the fun – no ticket necessary.
For wine aficionados based in the South West, Bar 44 is holding a multitude of different activities across its Bristol and Wales venues. Test your Rioja knowledge with a blind tasting where winners get a discount if they correctly guess which Rioja they are drinking! Or join Bristol native and The Guardian’s wine writer Fiona Beckett, for a 6-course Rioja dinner, where the team has come up with an autumnal menu to let the wines shine. Drink Rioja will also see the launch of the 44 Asador Social Club where from 5pm – 6.30pm Monday to Thursday, the doors will be open to all those wine lovers out there, with Rioja as the feature drink.
If you happen to be in Edinburgh, head over to our friends at Bon Vivant. Check out their ‘bite flight’ where they will take you through three wines which highlight the diversity of the region. Or for a cosy night in, Bon Vivant has partnered with Drinkly who will deliver a bottle of Rioja straight to your door with food pairing suggestions.
Drink Rioja Retailers:
Cardiff retailer Fine Wines Direct is holding a Rioja masterclass on 17th October, hosted by Welsh wine columnist and educator Neil Cammies who will take you through the different styles of Rioja wines. Buy tickets here.
There’s no mischief at Loki in Birmingham who is running, not one, but two Drink Rioja tastings in October! Additionally, a selection of Rioja wines will be in its resident enomatic machines, so you can try the whole range throughout the month. Buy tickets here.
Experience an evening to remember at the Wolseley Wine Loft who will be transporting you to Rioja on 10th October and welcoming Rube Quintana from Bodegas Manzanos to create a ‘Virtual Night in Rioja’. Buy tickets here.
… and that’s just the beginning!
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Have a wonderful time and please do share your moments – we would love to see what you get up to. Be sure to use our hashtag #DrinkRioja too!
New Street Wine, London
New Street Grill, London
Fish Market, London
Bon Vivant, Edinburgh
Camino, London: Shoreditch, King’s Cross, Bankside, Monument
Bar 44, Bristol, Cardiff, Penarth, Cowbridge
Participating wine merchants
Added Ingredients, Abingdon
The Naked Grape Wine, Alresford
La Zouch Celllars, Ashby de la Zouch
Grand Cru Co, Beckenham
Direct Wine Shipments, Belfast
Connolly’s Wine Merchants, Birmingham
Loki Wine, Birmingham
Quaff Fine Wine Merchant, Brighton
Aimee’s Wine House Ltd, Bristol
The Clifton Cellars, Bristol
Cambridge Wine Merchants, Cambridge
Fine Wines Direct UK, Cardiff
Viader Vintners Ltd, Cardiff
Portland Wine Company, Cheshire
Talking Wines, Cirencester
JN Wine, Crossgar
John Hattersley Wines, Derbyshire
Christopher Piper Wines, Devon
The Vineyard, Dorking
The Pip Stop, Durham
The Bon Vivant’s Companion, Edinburgh
Nywines of Cambridge, Great Shelford
South Downs Cellars, Hassocks
Grape & Grain, Haywards Heath
Wine Down, Isle of Man
Wined Up Here, Kingston upon Thames
The Wine Company UK Ltd T/A Mr.Wheeler, Langham
Vino Vero, Leigh On Sea
Blas ar Fwyd, Llanrwst
Blanco & Gomez Wine Merchants Ltd, London
Highbury Vintners, London
Last Drop Wines, London
Streatham Wine House, London
Theatre of Wine, London
Amathus, London, Bath, Brighton
Duncan Murray Wines, Market Harborough
Abbey Fine Wines, Melrose
Bon Coeur Fine Wines, Melsonby
SJ Wines, Newbury
Weavers of Nottingham, Nottingham
Oakham wines, Oakham
Amps Wine Merchants, Oundle
Le Vignoble, Plymouth
Templar Wines Ltd, Poole
Barrica Wines Ltd, Preston
Hennings Wine, Pulborough
The Vineking, Reigate, Weybridge, Hampton Court
Yorkshire Vintners, Ripon
Mitchells Wines, Sheffield
Everymans Wine, Shrewsbury
Tanners Wines, Shrewsbury
The Wright Wine Company, Skipton
Alexander Hadleigh Wine Merchants, Southampton
The Pipe of Port, Southend-on-Sea
Mr & Mrs Fine Wine, Southwell
Cellar Door Wines, St Albans
Luvians, St Andrews
Flagship Wines, St. Albans
Wolseley Wine Loft, Stafford
Nickolls & Perks, Stourbridge
Dylans Wine Merchants, Swansea
Mumbles Fine Wines, Swansea
ND John Wine, Swansea
Totnes Wine Co., Totnes
Old Chapel Cellars, Truro
Vintner and Mason Ltd, Waltham Abbey
Corks Out, Warrington
Whitmore & White Ltd, Wirral
Oxford Wine Company, Witney
York Wines, York
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