Rioja & Navarra Wine Route
RIOJA & NAVARRA WINE ROUTE (RUTA DEL VINO DE RIOJA & NAVARRA)
Concentrating on two of Spain’s best-known wine producing regions, this route offers plenty of opportunities to visit important wine museums and some of the best known estates in Upper and Lower Rioja.
Suggested access airports: Bilbao/Zaragoza
3 NIGHT ITINERARY
First night: Parador de CALAHORRA
Rioja is the land of wine, an exceptional place where some of the world’s finest wines are produced. Near Calahorra you can discover the wineries of Lower Rioja, including Torres Librada (Alfaro) and Viña Herminia (Aldeanela del Ebro). In Calahorra, we recommend exploring the cathedral and the Episcopal palace.
Second night: Parador de OLITE
The town of Olite offers you the opportunity to discover the palace of the Kings of Navarre, Sta. María la Real Church, San Pedro Apóstol Church, and the square of Carlos III. You can explore the world of wine in the Navarre Museum of Wine and Vineyards, which is located in the same beautiful square as the Parador. Other highlights include the Piedemonte, Marco Real and Bodega Ochoa wineries.
Third night: Parador de STO. DOMINGO DE LA CALZADA
The town of Sto. Domingo is an excellent starting point for discovering the Upper Rioja region and its wealth of heritage linked to wine and viniculture, famous throughout the world. We recommend a visit to the Ontañón Winery/ Museum (Logroño), the Haro Enology Station in Haro, the Vivanco Museum of the Culture of Wine in Briones, as well as some of the vineyards in the Upper Rioja region, which are open to visitors. Another possibility is following the Wine Architecture Route (Gehry, Calatrava, Moneo, etc.). In Santo Domingo you can explore the exenta, or stand-alone cathedral itself (with its impressive high altar, saint’s mausoleum, hen’s cage and cloister). Nearby lies the town of San Millán de la Cogolla, where you can visit the San Millán de Yuso Monastery and San Millán de Suso Monastery.