Bilbao | Rioja

Rioja has become the most famous vineyard in Spain... In 1991, the region obtained the most qualitative agricultural label of quality in Spain: the Denominación de Origen Calificada (DOCa), which allowed it to gain an international reputation.

The Great Wine Capitals Global Network AGM will take place next November in Bilbao and Rioja (Spain). An opportunity to visit this beautiful wine region by attending the Business Delegation organized during the event.

Tourism professionals will have the opportunity of the Great Wine Capitals Global Network AGM November 2015 to discover Bilbao and the Rioja wine tourism experiences. The event will begin on November 9th with the Wine Tourism Congress that will highlight new trends and experiences in worldwide wine tourism, followed by a professional workshop with wineries from all the 8 international wine capitals...

Los profesionales del turismo tendrán la oportunidad de disfrutar  de una ocasión  única que ofrece la red de Capitales y Grandes Viñedos, durante la celebración de su Asamblea Anual (AGM)  2015 que se celebrará en Bilbao | Rioja. La jornada comenzará el día 9 de noviembre  con el congreso internacional sobre enoturismo, Una estrategia para todos, donde se destacarán las nuevas tendencias y experiencias en el turismo mundial seguido de talleres prácticos y presentaciones de las 8 capitales del vino...

The New York Times’ latest city feature highlights Bilbao with a video and article suggesting what to do in ’36 Hours in Bilbao’.

Honestly, 36 hours is not nearly enough time to experience the many cultural, artistic and gastronomic attractions of this exciting city, but the video and article gives you a hint of what you can expect when you visit Bilbao, from the Guggenheim Museum to a wide selection of restaurants, from Michelin-stars to local bistros, wine and tapas bars, five-star luxury accommodation to cozy family hotels, Bilbao has something for everyone! To read more:

Opininated About Dining (OAD), the world's leading restaurant rating agency, has recently named Resturante Azurmendi, located in Larrabetzu, near Bilbao, in the 4th edition of "The 100 Best Restaurants in Europe".

Azurmendi, owned by chef Eneko Atxa, has three Michelin stars. The restaurant was honored with a "Best OF Wine Tourism" award in the restaurant category in 2007 by the Great Wine Capitals Global Network.

Rioja's peripatetic winemaker Alvaro Palacios was recently named Man of the Year in 2015 by Decanter magazine.

Palacios began his career at his family's winery in Alfaro in Rioja Baja but soon grew restless.  Following a short stint working for a local barrel maker, Palacios moved to Priorat, a largely unknown wine district southwest of Barcelona.  He quickly recognized the potential of the slate soil, climate and grapes of this wild region and began to produce miniscule amounts of wine that soon caught the attention of the trade and press around the world.

In November, the Great Wine Capitals Global Network will hold its Annual General Meeting in Rioja and Bilbao.

Part of the Network is the Bilbao | Rioja Committee, made up of the Chambers of Commerce of Álava, Bilbao and La Rioja, the Bilbao City Hall and the Grupo Rioja.

From November 8 through 12, Bilbao | Rioja will host the Network’s Annual General Meeting with a range of activities related to the world of wine.

We are pleased to announce that our 2015 Best Of Wine Tourism brochure has been published!

It gathers 45 wineries and tourism operators from our 8 international wine regions that have been selected for the excellence of their tourism activities and welcoming of visitors!

Check them by clicking here and don't miss a visit when travelling in our Great Wine Capitals!

A group of winemakers from Rheinhessen recently visited Rioja  to learn about viticulture and winemaking in our region as well as the control procedures created by the Rioja Regulatory Council.

While in the Rioja region, the group visited Bodegas Franco-Españolas, Bodegas Campo Viejo, Bodegas R. López de Heredia, the Vivanco Wine Museum and Hospedería Los Parajes.  All of these properties have been winners of a ‘Best Of Wine Tourism’ award. Other stops were at Bodegas Lecea and Bodegas Artuke.

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