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Rioja Tour Report

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In June 2017, I took a group to Rioja, for my first tour to the famous region since 2005.  In that time a great deal has happened.  New producers have set up, and there has been a greater focus on single varietals, and indeed new grape varieties.  While the largest bodegas continue to dominate the…(Read More)

A late start and a cooler temperature made Saturday a more gentle day as we headed to the outskirts of Logrono to Vina Ijalba. I last visited Ijalba in 2005 and they were at the forefront of organic viticulture and were prominent in a project to redevelop old traditional grape varieties. Our host was Vincent…(Read More)

Friday’s temperature gauge was a little bit cooler as we headed out of Logrono towards the town of Briones. Briones is the home to the amazing Vivanco wine museum which is well worth a trip. However, our destination was the tiny boutique bodega of Miguel Merino. Founded in 1994, this is one of the…(Read More)

Our first full day in Rioja saw the temperature gauge rise to 38 degrees so we were grateful to spend most of the day inside cool cellars. Our first stop was to the historic Bodegas Riojanas in the town of Cenicero. This bodega was founded in 1890 and they have developed the most impressive underground…(Read More)

Our Rioja tour has begun and we got off to a perfect start as we left Bilbao airport within twenty five minutes of landing. So, ahead of schedule we took a very pleasant drive along the coast towards Zarautz and our first stop Bodega Rezabal. This family estate is run by Mireya and Anders Rezabal…(Read More)