The Rioja Alavesa region, located in the Basque Country (in northern Spain), produces some of the famous Rioja wines. Thanks to its geographical location between the River Ebro and the Cantabria mountain range, this territory has an exceptional microclimate for cultivating grapevines.
Red wine is the most characteristic product of this area, and most of it is based on the Tempranillo grape. These wines have a bright, brilliant colour, an intense but refined aroma and a fruity flavour, making them velvety and warm on the palate.
On the Rioja Alavesa Wine Route, you will be able to taste a wide range of wines, from those aged in Medieval caves to vintages produced in the most state-of-the-art wineries.
The region also boasts a significant cultural heritage, from historic quarters filled with Romanesque shrines and stately homes, to important archaeological sites, including Iron Age settlements and prehistoric dolmens.
The region’s capital, Laguardia, is a quaint town located close to the international airports of Vitoria and Bilbao, and well connected by road with Madrid and Barcelona. Other must-see towns in this route are Samaniego, Elciego and Labastida. They all share traditional links with wine culture and still preserve the charm of old medieval villages set between vineyards.
Alongside the medieval wineries, you will discover avant-garde art in facilities designed by the most famous architects: the Ysios Winery by Santiago Calatrava, the Wine City complex by Frank Gehry for Marqués de Riscal, and the Baigorri Winery by Iñaki Aspiazu Iza are some examples.
Other experiences you can enjoy to make the most out of this route are hot-air balloon rides, winery tours on horseback, wine therapy treatments, excursions to pine forests and nature reserves and, of course, savouring the delicious local cuisine!
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