The wine region of Rioja is not far from Bordeaux and some of my clients go there first or after a few days of wine touring with me in Bordeaux.
The region is much more arid and the grape variety is mostly Tempranillo (though it is known as the Spanish Cabernet Sauvignon) but the wine is aged in the traditional Bordeaux barrel – the barrique (225 litres). It is said that with the arrival of the phylloxera bug that killed off vineyards in France in the 1860s, wine producers went south to this region just south of the French border and the Pyrenees, to make wine taking with them their small oak barrels.
- http://hotelegurenugarte.com/en/ – we stayed here for 5 days!!!
- https://marquesderiscal.com/seccion_menueng.php?a=43&tipo=N&id=22 – this is a big name winery. Good wine and incredible food, but the architecture is amazing. We did not stay here..$$$$$
- https://www.euskoguide.com/places-basque-country/spain/ysios-winery-tourism/ – Great wine, incredible architecture
- http://ventamoncalvillo.com/vm/index.php/en/ – wonderful restaraunt run by 2 brothers
- https://echaurren.com/en/ – this place, hotel and food is amazing. Diana found a 3 day weekend room & food package that was reasonably priced and perfect!
- http://www.lacatadelbarriodelaestacion.com/en/station-district-2/wineries/ – this place is fun. An old rail station that houses either winery offices or tasting rooms. A great place to go to sample a lot of what Rioja has to offer.