Bilbao | Rioja

At Totally Spain we admire the work of the Great Wine Capitals Network (GWC) and have entered its Guest Bloggers Program competition for the past two years. Last year was the first year and we were very proud to have our entry included but alas no joy. This year, we entered again. And we WON!

This post, submitted by Ken Baldwin of Totally Spain, is a participant in the 2014 Guest Bloggers Program sponsored by the Great Wine Capitals Global Network.

Rather like its wine, the region of La Rioja in Northern Spain is an elegant and very traditional region – nothing too brash or overly showy here.

All Shapes and Sizes

~~16 June 2014, New York––Starting this fall, wine-loving travelers will have three new ways to explore Spain's beautiful Basque Country, with the launch of "Basque in it" a series of food-and-wine focused tours of the region. The first expeditions coincide with an especially delicious, vibrant time of year––the grape harvest.

The organizations that make up the Bilbao-Rioja partnership (The Chambers of Commerce of Bilbao, La Rioja and Álava, the Bilbao City Hall and the Grupo Rioja have launched the 2014 Bilbao-Rioja Communication award to honor the best journalistic work in 2013 and 2014 that promotes wine tourism in our region.

Any person or organization that has published work about wine tourism in Bilbao-Rioja between June 15, 2013 and September 1, 2014 in English or Spanish is eligible to participate.

This post about Bodegas Miguel Merino in Rioja, was submitted by Bill Eyer for the 2014 Guest Bloggers program.


Pepita Uva

PEPITA UVA, wine, crafts and routes, is a multi-disciplinary space that offers wine tourism-related services. Located in Laguardia, a medieval village in the heart of the Rioja Alavesa region, it is the departure point for our tours of this medieval town and of the entire La Rioja D.O.


Located at the foot of the Cantabria Mountain Range, in the incomparable setting of Laguardia, Bodegas Campillo was established in 1990 as an example of the integration of architecture and vineyards. It is the first Rioaj Alavesa winery built by an architect. Pioneering, elegant, majestic and functional. That is how we describe our facilities that can be enjoyed through the various wine-tourism activities on offer. A unique place in the heart of Rioja Alavesa.

Pagos de Leza

Pagos de Leza is not only a winery, it is a place where you can enjoy and learn about the exciting world of Rioja Alavesa wines and the environment where they are made in the company of excellent hosts: the Santa Maria family, owner of this modern and newly built winery where tradition and innovation go hand in hand to ensure a fun experience for each visitor.

Bodegas Ostatu

For several generations, viticulture has been the everyday activity of the Sáenz de Samaniego family. The four brothers and sisters (Gonzalo, Ernesto, Mariasun and Iñigo) have been running the winery since 2000. Their commitment to innovation in their viticulture has made Ostatu a renowned winery and a pioneer in innovative practices in the vineyards and in environmental management. They were granted the Carbon Neutral Emissions certificate in 2012, a commitment they pass on to their visitors.

Hotel Viura

Food and wine enthusiasts have a key point of reference where they can stay during their visit to the wine region of La Rioja. Viura, the name of this four-star hotel, is a space for relaxation, leisure and cuisine, all under a carefully styled architecture that perfectly integrates with the landscape of Villabuena de Álava; a spectacular design that results in incredible combinations of light and brightness throughout the hotel.


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