What are the wines like?
Red wine is the most characteristic product of Rioja Alavesa. Most of it is based on the Tempranillo grape. These wines have a bright, brilliant colour, a refined, intense bouquet and a fruity flavour, making them velvety and warm on the palate. The result is a balanced wine, which leaves you with a sensation you want to feel again.
What I can find
Alongside the Medieval wineries, you will discover avant-garde art in facilities designed by the most famous architects: the Ysios Wineries in Santiago Calatrava, the Wine City complex by Frank Gehry for Marqués de Riscal, and the Baigorri Wineries by Iñaki Aspiazu Iza are some examples. The Wine Museum in Laguardia will show you the rituals and history of wine in an enjoyable way. Wine therapy treatments in El Ciego. Internationally renowned cuisine: the food of the Basque Country. The region has a significant cultural heritage, particularly the historic quarter of Laguardia, ranging from Romanesque shrines and stately homes to archaeological sites, such as the Settlement of La Hoya and the prehistoric dolmens in Elvillar and Leza. You can take excursions to places such as the Pinar de Dueñas pine forest in Labraza and the Urbasa Nature Reserve near Kripan to enjoy contact with nature. For more information enquire at any of the tourist offices.
How to get here
The Rioja Alavesa is located in the Basque Country to the south of the province of Álava, next to La Rioja. The region’s capital is Laguardia, which lies 45 kilometres away from the city of Vitoria-Gasteiz and 18 kilometres away from Logroño. Vitoria and Bilbao International Airports facilitate access by air. The road connections are also excellent: from Madrid you can take the A-1 motorway (362 kilometres) and from Barcelona you can take the A-68 motorway (502 kilometres).
Samaniego, Laguardia, Elciego and Labastida are some of the towns that figure on the route. These towns have traditional links with wine culture, and they still conserve all the charm of old medieval villages set between vineyards. They are home to more than fifty establishments where you can sample one of the most internationally prestigious Spanish wines. You can even sleep amongst vineyards, staying in old wineries, hotels and historic buildings. Use the map on this page to see all the destinations that form part of the Rioja Alavesa Wine Route.