This wine tourism event takes place in the Barrio de la Estación in Haro (La Rioja), where the largest number of century-old wineries in the world are concentrated. The participating wineries can be found in a unique enclave: Bodegas Bilbaínas Viña Pomal, CVNE, Bodegas Muga, Gómez Cruzado, La Rioja Alta, S.A. and Bodegas RODA.
During the month of June you can visit all these wineries in a single day, taste 12 wines (2 per winery) and savour 7 tapas made with Riojan products, all in a festive and celebratory atmosphere. The setting where it is held and its more international character generated edition after edition has given it great prestige, winning the award for Best Wine Tourism Initiative in 2018. In addition, year after year it is attended by renowned experts from the world of wine as well as prestigious restaurateurs.
The Barrio de la Estación began to take shape in the second half of the 19th century as a result of the replacement of horse-drawn carriages as the traditional means of transporting wine by a new railway and its “iron roads”. This circumstance was compounded by the need for many French winemakers to come to La Rioja to buy wines to replace the bad harvests caused by oidium (1863) and phylloxera (1867) in their vineyards, setting up their export centres in the vicinity of the provisional railway station.
From those origins, there is no longer a single French warehouse-cellar left standing. Of those that remain today, the first to be set up was that of R. López de Heredia y Landeta (in 1877); in 1879 the Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España (CVNE) was created; in 1886, Mr Ángel Gómez de Arteche founded the winery A. y J. Gómez Cruzado; in 1890 La Rioja Alta S.A. was set up and in 1901 Bodegas Bilbaínas was created.
In those 30 years (1877-1904) is when the Barrio de la Estación as it is known today took shape, years in which there were also eau-de-vie, soap and fertiliser factories as well as some vineyards among the winemakers’ warehouses. In 1970, Muga (founded in 1932) moved its headquarters from the urban area of Haro to the Barrio de la Estación, adding to the list of wineries in this unique location. And a decade later, Roda also built its facilities there, becoming part of this unique neighbourhood.
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