Muga

Muga1The latest winery I visited has been Muga, an impressive bodega in the heart of Rioja. This family owned business is located in the barrio de la Estación (the train station district), where most of the wineries of Haro, the wine capital of Rioja, can be found. The reason for such a density of wineries is that Continue reading

Vivanco – winery and wine museum

If you traveled to Spain and if you are into wine tourism, you will known that Rioja is probably the most famous wine region of Spain, both for Spanish and international tourists. And within this wine region, one of the most well-known wineries is Vivanco.

Vivanco is located just outside Briones and is surrounded by vineyards. Vivanco is not only a winery, but Continue reading

Wine Weekend – Harvest experiences in Rueda, Toro and Cigales

Wondering what would be the best time of the year to do a wine tour in Spain? The answer is simple: in September! Most wineries will be in the middle of the grape harvest, which is one of the most interesting parts of the wine making process. And in Emina Rueda, Cyan and Valdelosfrailes, the wineries where I work, you will be able to experience the harvest yourself!

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Bodegas Torres

With wineries in Spain, the U.S. and Chile, and with products sold in more than 140 countries, Torres is one of the most known wine group of Spain. The group is not only famous for its products, but also for its wine tourism, which is seen as modern and innovative and can match against the wine tourism of Napa Valley. That is why, when I was in Barcelona last week, I simply had to bring a visit to the Torres winery in Penedès.

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Vine Growth Cycle

Spring in Spain. Temperatures are rising and we have had quite a few beautiful days already, although it rains a lot as well (like today…)!

Spring means the beginning of the growth cycle of the vines. As we speak the vineyards here in Rueda already have leaves, while the vineyards in Toro are still waiting for the bud break. Because of the differences in climate and soil, vines in one wine regions will start their growth cycle earlier than vines in other regions. But it all starts in spring, when the warmth wakes up the vines from their hibernation. Continue reading