Rioja, both ancient and new
Humans have lived in Rioja since prehistoric times; we have been making wine here since Roman times. The consistently high quality of the region’s grapes has won it worldwide fame among oenophiles. In addition, its old-country traditions have made it a UNESCO World Heritage site, the “Countryside of wine and vineyards”.
The region’s charming wineries are lovely places to visit with your partner for an anniversary. With rivers of good wine and mountains of time-honored dishes, they’re also a fine choice for a reasonable bacchanal with friends. A world of timeless, burnished, Rioja flavors has waited decades in oak casks for your visit. The more you learn, the better it tastes.
Among the myriad options in Rioja, some of our favorite vineyards and wine-related sites include Haro Train Station, Laguardia, and the Wine Culture Museum of Vivanco. In Rioja, your glass never runs dry; say yes to everything you’re offered. We’ll drive.
Rioja’s countryside is a natural piece of art. It has inspired contemporary architects to design charming hotels and wineries such as Hotel Marques de Riscal by Frank Gehry; Ysios winery by S. Calatrava; the Benjamin Rothschild and Vega Sicilia wineries by E. Johansson; and the Vina Tondonia addition by Z. Hadid.
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