La Rioja Alta is much more than wine. It treasures a rich heritage, often unknown. Today we want to highlight the local Romanesque, very unknown yet by many. Discovering this is a new way of approaching the territory.
A good point to start the discovery of Romanesque Riojalteño is Treviana. Here, in your interpretation center, we can find a presentation of what this heritage represents in our territory. In this link you'll find more information about the center. http://www.riojaromanica.com/
There are different routes that we can follow to discover the Romanesque remains of the territory.
Some points are certainly indispensable. One of the most unique spaces is without a doubt the church of Santa Maria de la Piscina. It is located in the town of San Vicente de la Sonsierra. Next to the church we can find a necropolis, a situation that is repeated in other Romanesque hermitages as in San Félix de Ábalos.
Many localities still keep temples of this time. The church of El Salvador de Tirgo is a good example of this. It is a temple of the late 12th century, a single nave and two covers.
Very interesting is also the erita of conception, in the same Treviana, recently restored.
Villaseca (Church of San Román) and Castilseco (Church of San Julián) are certainly two of the jewels in the area. The Church of San Román is built towards 1200. It presents a cover with six Archivolts under Tejadillo. It's a single-nave with three sections. Of the second you can find more information about it in https://www.rutasdelvinorioja.com/2017/12/25/patrimonio/la-iglesia-castilseco/
But there are many more points where you can find testimonies of this artistic style: Fonzaleche (Church of St. Martin), Galbárruli (Church of St. Stephan), Foncea (Erita of Arcefoncea), Sajazarra (Church of Santa Maria), Casalarreina (Erita de Trousseau), Cuzcurrita of the river heave (hermitage of the Paralattice), Castle of Davalillo,... A list that you can expand.
Undoubtedly discovering the Romanesque wine route of Rioja Alta does not approach the territory from another perspective. An experience that combines art, past and tradition. An immersion that will allow us to know the past of this region so rich in history, by unusual routes, but full of charm and attractiveness.
And, as always, we can finish our tour in tasting an excellent wine in any of the wineries in the area and enjoying the rich gastronomy of the area. Dare to discover these places off the most conventional routes.