Without a doubt, one of the best wine experiences in La Rioja is to visit the Bodegas Vivanco and its Museum of Wine Culture. Begin with a tour of the winery to learn about the process from vine to bottle, and end with a sample session in the tasting room. Next, make your way over to the Museum of Wine Culture to learn all about the history of wine in the Rioja region, as well the way it has helped shape everything from our cuisine to our society.
Carretera Nacional 232, Briones, La Rioja, Spain +34 941 32 23 23
The Riojania Wine Cellar is an original 18th century wine cellar, which has been dug into the sides of the rock. Located in the small town of Quel, it’s filled with old 16th century wine-related objects and equipment. There’s also a small wine museum and a tasting room, where you can sample various types of La Rioja’s famous drink.
Riojania Wine Cellar Rioja, Quel, La Rioja, Spain +34 679 49 27 48
Why not continue your wine experience by staying in a wine hotel? The Marqués de Riscal is both a hotel and winery, and was designed by Frank Gehry – the same architect responsible for the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. The winery is one of the oldest in the region, dating back to 1858, while the hotel is decidedly futuristic with its twisted and undulating wine-coloured metal.
Calle Torrea Kalea, 1, Elciego, Álava, Spain +34 945 18 08 80
If you’re in La Rioja at the end of June, you can take part in one of the most unique wine experiences – a wine battle. Taking place in the hills just outside the town of Haro, participants soak each other with over 500 litres of red wine, turning everyone’s white attire to purple. Read our article all about the famous Batalla del Vino here to learn more.
You’ve learned about the history of wine and traditional wine making in La Rioja, but now it’s time to look to the future of wine. At the futuristic glass and metal Bodegas Baigorri, designed by architect Inaki Azpiazu, the grapes are moved by gravity alone and descend seven storeys into the ground. Once inside the winery, you can watch the entire wine making process happen around you.
Ctra. Vitoria-Logroño, km 53, Samaniego, Álava, Spain +34 945 60 94 20