Spain has some of the best wineries in the world and wine from la Rioja, a region near the Basque Country, in the north of Spain, is the most famous and best red wine in Spain. There are hundreds of wineries worth visiting in this fantastic region, full of natural beauties. If you are planning a wine tour in Rioja, you should try to combine old wineries with modern ones to understand both the rich tradition and the innovative changes that have taken place. For a chance to treat yourself to this unique experience, try slots online.
There are many interesting wine tours to discover Rioja, both guided and self-guided. If you opt for self-guided tours, keep in mind that getting to remote wine regions can be difficult and that usually you need to contact the wineries in advance to visit. However, this is starting to change, as more and more excellent wine tours are starting up from all over Spain and more vineyards are open to the public. Guided tours are recommended for less experienced travelers and those not fluent in Spanish. Local guides are very friendly and they can arrange a vineyard visit to ensure you can smell and taste to your heart’s desire.
Bilbao, the capital of the Basque country is a great place to start La Rioja wine tour, because most wine hotspots are easily reached from here. If you are an art-lover, you will also appreciate Museo Guggenheim Bilbao and the city’s quirky architecture.
To sample bright and fruity Rioja wine, you could spend an evening exploring wine bars on Calle Laurel in Logroño, or you could visit one of the many vineyards and wineries in the area. Logroño, the capital of the Rioja wine region, has also become quite the tapas mecca in recent years. Frequented by foodies, it boasts some of the best local delicacies in norther Spain. Rioja wine is good with anything, but goes best with savory flavors like meats and strong cheeses that stand up to the strength of the wine.
Another city worth visiting is Haro. The Barrio de la Estación area of Haro has several wine bodegas, many of which are open to the public. The city also hosts the Battle of Wine in June, where participants fling buckets of wine at each other, before drinking whatever’s left.
The amazing walled city of Laguardia has a few wineries, some of which make wine using carbonic maceration. This charming medieval fortress town, one known as the ’Guard of Navarra’, is a sheer joy to wander around.
The castle town of Briones was built near the Ebro river and offers a stunning view of the Sierra de la Demanda and Sierra de Cantabria. It is a great stop for lunch and for an interesting cultural stroll, including its beautiful cathedral. Nearby sits Dinastia Vivanco´s wine museum, where you can learn all about the winemaking process, from the past to today.
La Rioja is Spain – in a glass of red wine! Cheers!