What do you fancy doing at Easter? Actually, it’s not a trick question, because the Rioja Alta Wine Route offers you so many suggestions that you won’t even be able to imagine.
Bodegas Lecea, in San Asensio, invites us to take a ride through the vineyards in a horse-drawn carriage; but not before enjoying another interesting proposal: pruning the vines and recovering your strength with a Riojan lunch in the vineyard where you can enjoy homemade omelette, sausage, cheese and local bread. To end the day, a visit to the winery with wine tasting.
Although if you prefer a hearty Riojan meal, at Lecea you can also enjoy potatoes with chorizo and vine-shoot chops, accompanied by a visit to the winery’s century-old cellars and a tasting of three of its wines. And for those who prefer to see only the four 16th century cellars, without staying for lunch, they can also do so, with a commented tasting of three wines.
Without leaving the capital of La Rioja, Bodegas Viña Ijalba, the first organic winery in Rioja, tempts us with another suggestive proposal: to “become” grapes and follow the same route from the time they leave the vineyard until they are transformed into wine. You will be able to visit the vineyard, the winery and end the experience with a tasting of three organic wines paired with a typical Rioja aperitif.
We continue with more initiatives from our partners and this time in Badarán, specifically in Bodegas David Moreno, who invite us to walk around the winery at our own pace, without looking at the clock. And once we are relaxed, we can taste one of their wines with a typical Rioja aperitif in their wine shop, porch or garden, ideal if you go with your family.
If you think we have already told you everything, you are wrong because this has only just begun.
The Martinez Lacuesta winery in La Rioja is once again opening its doors to visitors and will be offering guided tours of the winery for small groups, gastronomic menus and a wine bar. More information here. And don’t miss this gastronomic proposal by Olga Valentín, to enjoy her great wines and vermouths with views of Toloño and the vineyard.
We don’t leave Haro to go to one of its flagship wineries: Muga. Its imposing wooden vats, the serenity of the ageing rooms, the warmth and smell of the cooperage, will make us take part in an incomparable experience that includes a tasting of two wines.
The rich heritage of our land is such that, wherever you go, you will be able to experience unforgettable days such as the one offered by Bodegas Corral, in Navarrete. At Easter, this centenary winery has prepared guided tours of its facilities with a final tasting of two of its wines and an aperitif.
Bodegas Tarón suggests another interesting plan for the next few days: exploring the Tarón Territory: its wines, its culture, its history and heritage. Four villages: Cuzcurrita, Tirgo, Sajazarra and Villaseca, and more than 200 winegrowers give life to this area of La Rioja Alta. A whole sea of vineyards in which you can immerse yourself.
At this point in the text you probably don’t know where to choose, but we are going to make it even more difficult for you with the following suggestions from Bodegas Tobía. Pay attention: the winery in Cuzcurrita offers you a one-hour guided tour of the winery, taking you through the different stages of the winemaking process until you get to the guided tasting of three of its wines, along with a tasting of Iberian cured meats.
But there’s more: how about an introduction to wine pairing with sommelier Alina Castro? The Wine Tour Maridaje consists of a tasting of four of our wines in a perfect pairing with a selection of gourmet tapas in an incredible setting. But what if, instead of getting to know the present of this winery, we travel to its past? In the Wine Tour Raíces you will travel to the origin of the winery, you will visit the old wine cellar of Óscar Tobía’s grandparents and you will discover the beginnings of the new winery in Cuzcurrita. But if none of these wine tours convince you, you have the opportunity to make one to suit your interests. A personalised tour tailored to your group so that you can enjoy the gastronomy, the winery and its surroundings, and where we will reveal the best kept secrets…
Do you want to know first-hand how life was lived in the 15th and 16th centuries? In the wine cellar-tasting room El Legado, in Cenicero, they have organised guided tours in which they will tell you about the world of wine and life in those centuries. A real experience to take you back to that historical moment. It includes a tasting of excellent wines and a tasty aperitif.
In Baños de Rioja, Finca La Emperatriz opens its doors to visitors who wish to discover its history, tour its unique vineyard and taste its wines. And it offers various options: Visit + tasting; Tasting + tapas; The vermouth of the Emperatriz… Depending on the time you have available and your desire to delve into the culture of wine, you can choose one or the other.
And we leave for the end one of the most innovative proposals. This is a , in Navarrete, ideal for younger groups or families with children, which combines wine culture, history and the excitement of a classic treasure hunt.