The most popular wine in Rioja is Tempranillo, and it will for sure be served to you during wine tastings and tours in Rioja. Tempranillo is a medium to full-bodied wine, with medium level of acidity, tannins and is medium dry. Tempranillo presents very strong and detailed aromas, the most iconic ones are vanilla, plum and cherry.
Garnacha is another popular red variety from Rioja and you might come across it while doing wine tastings and tours. Garnacha features aromas of berries, such as strawberries and raspberries, and notes of tobacco, cinnamon, anise; in some cases it might feel citrusy on the palate. This red wine has medium tannins and acidity, with a medium level of alcohol.