Taste a classic Rioja style – such as a mature gran reserva – and you’ll discover how they can age just as brilliantly as any red Burgundy or Bordeaux. Sadly, as Tim Atkin laments, Rioja is all too often overlooked by wine collectors and connoisseurs for the more celebrated wines of Bordeaux, Burgundy or Barolo. One positive to come out of this though, is that top Riojas can be snapped up for bargain prices in comparison to the world’s other feted wine regions.
The new wave of Rioja is a different beast. You’ll still find the traditional styles, but Rioja in 2020 is all about more velvety, fruit-focused wines, with French oak adding subtlety and elegance. Another burgeoning trend is for young (joven) Riojas, which don’t spend any time in oak, and are all about bright, juicy fruit.
Scroll down to discover 10 award-winning Riojas from this year’s IWSC.