Ramón Bilbao Rioja

Past Ramón Bilbao was founded in 1924 and acquired by Diego Zamora, the owner of Spain’s citrus liqueur, Licor 43, in 1999. The changes instituted under his management to the…

Rioja travel guide

As part of our series of extracts from Lonely Planet's new travel book Wine Trails, see the six Rioja wineries they've picked to visit during your wine holiday.

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Read the Rioja travel guide from the new Lonely Planet book Wine Trails the best places to stay, where to eat and what to do when visiting Rioja.

Seda Vermella has bold, forward aromas of fine, spicy oak and red berries. Plump, generous fruit palate, supported by balanced tannins.

Luis Cañas has a lovely colour and black fruits still abound here. Classy palate of exotic fruit and cola with a smooth texture and attractive, fleshy fruit to support the…

Forcada has scented, red berry nose with hints of leather and spice. Ripe and juicy cherry fruit carries its oak very well, showing the importance of Garnacha in the blend.

El Coto has smoky, leathery, mature nose with a hint of something exotic. The Tempranillo shows a darker profile in this wine and, overlaid with toasty oak, the emphasis is…

Artevino has fragrant cherry and tobacco nose. Archetypical style, with nice toasty notes, very ripe fruit and wonderful balance, backed by fine tannins.

Allende has a mature nose with a lovely aged quality, showing notes of leather and cola.

Fos has super-ripe blackberry fruit that is spicy, intense and layered. Graciano shows through here; it’s dense and dark fruited with a lift of acidity and velvety tannins.

Viña Pomal is a full bodied and has depth and intensity with velvety tannins and a long, penetrating finish

Baron de Ley set out to make Riojas in a modern style, and has continued to experiment with blends, and lesser known varieties such as Maturana Tinta.