Travel Along the Wine Route in the Rioja Alavesa
Food & Wine
Spain is the largest vineyard in the world and getting to know the impressive variety of wines is one of my goals. I want to share with you some magical places in the Rioja Alavesa, where you can visit emblematic wineries, enjoy the local gastronomy and the millenary heritage of this country. Walk with me through the towns of Elciego or Laguardia, Labastida, Moreda, Labraza, Samaniego, Elvillar... you can stay in wineries, taste fantastic wines and get to know the archaeological or natural heritage. Will you join me?
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Where to stay in Rioja Alavesa, Spain
Hotel Marqués de Riscal, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Elciego
Stunning 21st-century château designed by internationally renowned architect Frank Gehry with excellent hospitality within its artful suites.
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Stylish hotel with luxury accommodations and a rooftop terrace in Rioja wine country.
Palacio de Samaniego | Hotel Boutique de Lujo
An intimate family home in the heart of the top wine-making region in Spain, tucked away in the village of Samaniego with a pool and restaurant featuring a twist on Basque classics.
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Things to do in Rioja Alavesa, Spain
Visit the emblematic Marques de Riscal Winery, besides tasting high quality wines its architecture will leave you speechless. I recommend staying at the hotel, designed by Canadian architect Frank O. Gehry, who also left his mark on the unmissable Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, another visit not to be missed if you have time on your trip.
In Elciego you should also visit the Murua Winery, appreciate the family home, the vineyards and taste some of the most renowned wines in Spain. A careful production marked by the quality and innovation of the processes ensure spectacular wines.
If you want to know what a boutique winery is, visit Ysios! At the foot of the Sierra de Cantabria is this unique proposal, in complete harmony with the surrounding landscape. You will love its avant-garde design and the surrounding vineyards!
The tour continues in another of the best wineries, that of López de Heredia, known worldwide for its "Viña Tondonia" wines, another of the places I recommend you to visit in the Rioja Alavesa. Years of absolute dedication and care of the vineyards to achieve the authenticity and bouquet that characterizes them.
Spa and Wine Therapy
And when you have enjoyed the wines of this land as they deserve, I recommend that you also reserve time for the Spa Vinothérapie Caudalie Marqués de Riscal, pampering your skin with pioneering treatments with grapes.
Monumental and archaeological architecture is part of the landscape in the Rioja Alavesa, so I also recommend you take some time to tour the medieval town of Laguardia, with its defensive walls, intramural alleys, emblazoned houses and its Church of Santa María de los Reyes, which offers a wonderful Gothic portico. Throughout the region you can find many prehistoric, Iron Age and Roman remains.
Adventures, routes among vineyard
In addition to the impressive cultural legacy, the Rioja Alavesa is a sun-drenched land that offers adventure sports, cycling or hiking routes or horse riding among the vineyards themselves. What more could you ask for, enjoy it!
Places to eat & drink in Rioja Alavesa, Spain
Marques de Riscal: Recognized among gourmets with its Michelin star and the innovation and excellence of chef Francis Paniego.
Villa Lucia: It offers in its grill a proposal to enter the land of dreams and fall in love with its enograstronomy.
Amelibia: A family restaurant that offers a gastronomic and sensory experience not only with its dishes, but also in the decoration and atmosphere, where they serve seasonal products from the garden to the table.
Los Parajes: New modern cuisine rooted in local products paired with an extraordinary wine list. An experience for the senses.
Posada Mayor de Migueloa: Pioneers in Spanish wine tourism, offers a space full of history and corners where you can evoke flavors of other times and enjoy the environment, the products of the land and the nobility of the people.
Need to Know
Looking for more travel inspiration in the Basque Country? Check out Fora Advisor Daryn Schwartz' guide, San Sebastian: A Basque Country Escape.
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