Bodegas Murua in Elciego is much more than a winery, although the old stone manor house surrounded by vineyards in gently rolling countryside creates a picture perfect image of a classical winery. In fact, it sits at the intersection of Art and Wine.
Best Of Wine Tourism Award
This setting, along with a spectacular collection of artwork and wine-related literature, earned Bodegas Murua a 2020 ‘Best Of’ Wine Tourism award for Art & Culture from the Great Wine Capitals Global Network.
Murua offers visitors tours of the manor house with its collections of works of art, plus the vinification plant, ageing cellars. Then a tasting is available of varietals directly from the barrel and the 80 hectare (197 acre) vineyard surrounding the winery, providing it with an exclusive source of grapes.
Inside the Manor
Inside the manor house, visitors can first admire the collection of works of art property of the Masaveu Corporation, including paintings, sculptures and etchings by well-known Spanish artists including Francisco de Goya, Tomás Hiepes, Juan de Arellano, Fernando Sotomayor, Valentín Zubiarre, Francisco Bores, Daniel Quintero and Miquel Barceló. The themes of these works are the harvest, vineyards and wine, depicted in scenes reflecting the popular customs of the time. Murua’s collection also features antique winemaking equipment and handmade objects related to wine.
Then, a second impressive feature of Murua’s art and culture offering is an over 2,400 volume library of wine books, magazines and manuscripts dating from the 16th century to the present day, housed in antique bookshelves. It’s easy to imagine the owner of the winery perusing these old volumes at his desk or in an armchair.
When we last visited the winery, we firstly enjoyed visiting the manor house. Then we had a tasting of the entire range of Murua wines, including a spectacular vertical tasting of historical vintages of Murua barrel fermented white and an original ‘ice cider’ from a Masaveu family cider orchard in Asturias on the northern coast of Spain.
These images and experiences proved to us that art and the respect for culture are core values of the Masaveu Bodegas at Murua.
Visit their page for more information: Bodegas Murua
(Photo credit: Masaveu Bodegas)
Carretera de Laguardia s/n.
01340 Elciego (Álava)
T.: +34 945 606260