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


Interview in the Dutch magazine Espanje!

For the first edition of the Dutch magazine Espanje! I´ve been interviewed to talk about the wine tourism of Grupo Matarromera. It was super exciting to see the magazine in all the book stores. If you are interested in buying the magazine (with many great tips about traveling in Spain, about Spanish food and also to practice your Spanish with some of the articles), the magazine can still be found in the book stores till the end of this week.

If you are interested in a translation of the article, let me know 😉

Revista Holandesa Espanje!

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 Vocabulary Spanish – English

Are you one of those 250,000 foreign tourists that visit the Spanish wineries each year? Then I am sure you will be back soon to visit some more. And of course you would like to visit wineries where tours are given in English, German, French, Dutch etc. Unfortunately many Spanish wineries do not have personnel able to offer this service. However, with a little bit of preparation, maybe a fast repetition of the Spanish course you’ve once followed, and this vocabulary list, I am sure you will enjoy a tour given in Spanish as well!


Viñedo – Vineyard
Pago – Plot
Vid – Vine
Uva – Grape
Hollejo – Grape skin
Pepita – Seed
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Taylor´s Port – Oporto, Portugal

Last weekend we´ve made a trip to Portugal and of course we also visited one of the famous port wineries in Oporto. Since my blog is about Spanish wineries, I wasn´t sure if I should write about our visit or not, but since I assume many tourists will travel to both countries, I want to write this post anyway.

First of all I need to say that I was a bit surprised by the difficulties we had trying to visit some wineries along the route we took back from Oporto to Spain. We bought a book about wine tourism in the city, which recommends different wineries in each wine area in Portugal. However, eventually we only visited one winery, because all others did not pick up the phone! I thought this was kind of strange since it not only was a Saturday, but also the Easter weekend, which made me think that this was quite a busy weekend for tourism… Continue reading