Three Days of Wine & Tapas in La Rioja, Spain Wine Country
Food & Wine
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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Where to stay
Sercotel Calle Mayor
Sercotel Calle Mayor offers refined accommodations in a renovated 16th-century palace in the heart of Logroño.
Palacio Tondon, La Rioja Brinas
Set on the banks of the Ebro River, this charming hotel is the ideal landing place for exploring the nearby vineyards of Rioja wine country.
Stylish hotel with luxury accommodations and a rooftop terrace in Rioja wine country.
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Day 1: Spend the day in Logroño
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
Day 3: Wine tasting in Alava & dinner
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.
A note from Josie
Go at the end of June and participate in batalla del vino - a tradition in Rioja since the 6th century.
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