Wine trips

August 2010: the stars from Rioja & Riberia del Duero

this journey goes to Spain, to the stars from Rioja and Ribera del Duero.

This journey goes to Spain, to the stars from Rioja and Ribeira del Duero. To be up to date in terms of newest viniculture in the regions of Rioja and Ribeira del Duero, we make a trip to Spane.

Arrived in Bilbao we visit the Guggenheim Museum. Bilbao experienced in the past 20 years an incredible change from the gray industrial city to a worldwide well-known cultural city. Those who knew the city in the past will not recognize it again.

After a lunch break at Pinches and Wine the journey goes on to Logrono, to the capital city of Rioja, where winery Vallobera is already awaiting us.  After a tasting we are invited for dinner by the owners.

Next day we carry on to the winery Baron de Ley, Marques de Riscal adn Roda. We are impressed by the size, the modern and the luxurious tradition. 

A detour to the Ribera del Duero leads us to the wineries Alion, Vega Sicilia, and Poria.

The Duero provides water to the dry county side and offers the ideal conditions for a viniculture.    We are impressed by the luxurious atmosphere at the vineyard Vega Sicilia. Originally this was a vineyard that produced wines for special costumers and for friends as luxurious presents. Bodegas Alion - also in the ownership of Vega Sicilia -catches with it's perfection, clarity and modernity.

On the return from the Duero Valley we make a short stay to the winery Portia, just beside the highway which belongs to the Faustino group. Portia is just before being finalized. Ebeia, Portia and Portia Prima are already on the market. The total output is at the moment only 20% of the target quantity.

As profitable conclusion of the long daytrip the winery Roda invites us on a tour in the tapas bar in Logrono. Wine lovers that make a trip to Rioja should definitely not miss this culinary highlight.

Before heading back home we visit the winery Bodegas Valdemar. This winery persuades with clear Rioja stylistics as one imagines the wines of the region. Sweet fruits with a lusty character. Bodegas Valdemar is known for the clear structure of their wine.

here is a list of the visited wineries:

Marques de Riscal:
the ancestral-Rioja and Pioneer of the region.

Bodegas Vallobera:
the wine for young modern wine lovers.

Bodegas Valdemar:
tradition stands in the foreground

Baron de Ley:
modernity combinated with tradition

Bodegas Roda:
only the best grapes are harvested here

Bodegas y Vinedos Alion:
perfection in all ways 

Bodegas Vega Sicilia:
luxurious wine for luxurious customers

Bodegas Portia:

100 million Euro were invested here

Guggenheim Museum

Vallobera

Vallobera

Vallobera

Vallobera

Vallobera

Vallobera

Roda

Roda

Roda

Roda

Baron de Ley

Baron de Ley

Marques de Riscal

Marques de Riscal

Marques de Riscal

Marques de Riscal

Alion

Alion

Vega Sicilia

Vega Sicilia

Vega Sicilia

Vega Sicilia

Valdemar

Valdemar

Valdemar

Valdemar

Valdemar