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BODEGAS LECEA

The small winery Bodegas Lecea, without the resources of the large winemakers groups, has carried out, with effort and dedication, an impressive work of recovering abandoned underground wine cellars in Cerrillo Verballe of San Asensio, La Rioja.

CONDE DE LOS ANDES

In the wine cellar district of Ollauri, three old buildings and a spectacular plot of underground caves hold Bodegas Ollauri - Conde de los Andes. Since 2014 this winery assumes the legacy of the old Paternina.

Spain’s Royal Academy of Gastronomy recently announced its 2016 National Gastronomy Prizes for 2016.

Carlos Echapresto, co-owner and sommelier of the one Michelin-starred Venta Moncalvillo in La Rioja received the award for the best sommelier.  Echapresto is an internationally recognized wine specialist with a particularly deep knowledge of wines from the DOCa. Rioja.  The cellars house over 1300 different wines from all over the world.  The Academy emphasized Echapresto’s work as a tireless lecturer and promoter of Rioja wines.

The Rioja Regulatory Council recently announced that it had joined the steering committee of Bilbao-Rioja as part of the Great Wine Capitals Global Network.

Fernando Salamero, president of the Council and administrative/finance director of Marqués de Riscal, winner of several Best Of Wine Tourism awards remarked, “The Council’s joining the Bilbao-Rioja partnership as part of our strategic plan should provide an important push to wine tourism in the Rioja region, giving us a more global vision.”

Ricardo and José Miguel Arambarri of the Vintae group are well known in the Rioja region for their novel approach to wine marketing.  So it was no surprise that they were the driving force behind Wine Fandango. This wine, tapas and cocktail bar and restaurant has quickly become one of Logroño’s favorite watering holes and received a special jury award at the Bilbao-Rioja 'Best Of Wine Tourism awards ceremony.

Bodegas Ramón Bilbao, in Haro in the heart of Rioja Alta, came up with the right idea with the creation of the Oculus Virtual Reality Experience that earned the winery a 2017 ‘Best Of Wine Tourism’ award for Innovative Wine Tourism from the Great Wine Capitals Global Network.

Using goggles, Oculus takes the visitor on a virtual journey that follows the progress of a grape from its birth to a wine glass.  It reflects Ramón Bilbao’s commitment to technological innovation to explain the winemaking process in an original, enjoyable way that is attractive to today’s tech savvy consumer.

Bilbao consolidates its reputation as a top food destination

Over one thousand experts on an international jury made up of food writers, chefs, and experts in gastronomy honored two Bilbao-area restaurants, Asador Etxebarri and Azurmendi on the 2017 edition of ‘The World’s 50 Best’ list, that recognizes the world’s best restaurants, at an awards ceremony at the Melbourne (Australia) Food and Wine Festival.

Asador Extebarri took sixth place while Azurmendi was number 38.

Bodegas Valdelana, in the village of Elciego in Rioja Alavesa, is right behind the huge Marqués de Riscal winery/hotel complex, but it should not be overlooked by the discerning wine tourist.  It offers everything a visitor could ask for, and more. It’s no wonder that Valdelana received a “Best Of Wine Tourism award in the Art and Culture category in 2017.

It’s not easy to find Viñedos & Bodegas de Páganos. The estate is near the bottom of a hill between the villages of Laguardia and Páganos, leading you to believe that the owners, the Eguren family,  just want to be left alone to quietly go about their business.  And what a business it is!

The estate won an international ‘Best Of Wine Tourism’ award for Architecture and Landscapes for its stunning ensemble of vineyards, winery and ageing cellars in the Alavesa subregion of Rioja.

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