Three Days of Wine & Tapas in La Rioja, Spain Wine Country

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Advisor - Josie Arnold
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Josie Arnold

  • Spain

  • Food & Wine

  • International Travel

  • Local Cuisine

  • Local Culture

  • Wineries

Rolling green hills and a paved road during daytime
Curator’s statement

La Rioja, Spain is the only wine country making world-class Tempranillo. On top of amazing wine, the food, the people and the scenery are my favorite combination of any wine country. Wineries by day and tapas-hopping by night, Rioja, Spain lends itself to a thoroughly authentic wine country experience.

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Day 1: Spend the day in Logroño

Street with tan buildings and cloudy skies during dusk

Coffee and pastries at Café Cervantes.

Check out Iglesia de San Bartolome nearby.

Bike riding tour thru the vineyards at Vina Ijalba followed by a tasting.

Lunch at Bodega Marques de Murrieta — they have a range of number of wines to taste, along with the choice of gourmet appetizers or a full on multi-course meal.

Tapas hopping on Calle del Laurel — lively, crowded and delicious. So much fun.

Casablanca Cafe Pub for dancing (if that's your thing).

Day 2: Enjoy wine and lunch in Haro

Large wine barrels

Haro is about 35 min from Logrono.

Muga - The unique and unforgettable experience of a hot-air balloon trip and a mid-morning snack in a vineyard.

La Rioja Alta - tour and tasting.

CVNE - lunch + tasting.

El Torreó museum of Contemporary Art.

Dinner at Nublo - 1 Michelin Star.

Day 3: Wine tasting in Alava & dinner

Vineyard with white building in background during daytime

Artadi (Carretera de Logrono, Laguardia, Alava, 01300) - High quality wines and high quality hospitality. When I went, the matriarch made our group the most amazing lunch at this beautiful, modern winery.

Bodegas Bhilar (Calle de Lanciego, Elvillar, Alava) - Amazing boutique winery with a great story. The wife actually wrote a pretty steamy book about her and David meeting called Struggling Vines. A great vacation read.

Dinner at Txebiko Cachetero - 1 Michelin Star.

Advisor - Josie Arnold

A note from Josie

Go at the end of June and participate in batalla del vino - a tradition in Rioja since the 6th century.

Advisor - Josie Arnold

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