Bilbao, the most important city in northern Spain, is located on the coast of the Bay of Biscay.
It was originally a seaport and in the 15th and 16th centuries became a center of commerce between Spain, Europe and America. Today, over 1.1 million inhabitants live in Bilbao and its metropolitan area.
In the middle of the 19th century, the city developed industries such as iron, steel, shipbuilding, ship-owning companies, chemical products, banking and electricity, followed later by paper, cement and glass. In the 20th century the City’s commerce markets added the machine tool, automotive components and aeronautical industries. More recently the city has created important technological centers.
The first written words in Castilian Spanish were in praise of Rioja wines. The magical Rioja landscape seems completely dedicated to the creation of some of the finest wines in the world.
The climate, soil and geographical features of the region form an ideal environment, so it's not surprising that Rioja has produced wine since early Roman times.
Since the middle of the 19th century Rioja has realized its true potential by producing outstanding red wines. The classic blend of soft, mellow vanilla and rich, deep fruit are a tribute to the winemaker's skill when ageing wine in oak casks.