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La Rioja wine region, Spain | © Gurrea / Wikimedia Commons
La Rioja wine region, Spain | © Gurrea / Wikimedia Commons
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The Best Vineyards in La Rioja

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Updated: 9 March 2017
La Rioja is located in northern Spain, and is one of the country’s best wine regions, if not one of the best in the world. If you find yourself on a city break in Bilbao, why not make the trip approximately two hours to the south to witness this world-famous wine region for yourself? Here is our pick of seven of the best vineyards in the area.
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Bodegas Muga

Located in Haro, home of the world’s biggest wine fight – La Batalla del Vino –, Bodegas Muga is not only one of the best wineries in La Rioja, but it’s also one of the very few still making its own barrels, too. They offer daily tours by reservation only, but also have a shop and a bar, where you can enjoy tastings.

Bodegas Muga, Barrio de la Estación s/n, Haro, La Rioja, Spain

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Bodegas Marques de Riscal

One of La Rioja’s oldest wineries, Bodegas Marques de Riscal, fuses together the old and the new, featuring a futuristic hotel designed by Frank Gehry, designer of the famous Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. Founded in 1858, the winery produces more than three million bottles of red wine per year. There are wine tours of its large facilities, as well as an on-site Michelin-starred restaurant.

Bodegas Marques de Riscal, Torrea, 1, Elciego, Álava, Spain

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Bodega Ysios

Like Bodegas Marques de Riscal, Bodega Ysios combines wine with architecture. Designed by the famous architect Santiago Calatrava, it was created as an emblem of La Rioja wine country and is supposed to mirror the undulation of the Cantabrian mountain range, which acts as a picturesque backdrop. Inside you’ll find a modern building with an upstairs tasting room.

Bodega Ysios, Camino de la Hoya, s/n, Guardia, Álava, Spain