As we motored through the Rioja Alavesa wine country in northern Spain, a golden landscape dotted with hilltop monasteries, sweeping vineyards, and walled towns with window boxes overflowing with red geraniums, I reflected on what we had absorbed that day. In a region famed for wine we’d enjoyed much wonderful vino, of course, but we also took in a rich amount of history – everything from walking in a 1,000 year-old necropolis with burial plots chiseled out of rock, to diving deep into a wine cellar that was originally dug out to be an escape tunnel during times of war. We also mingled with winery owners possessing a respect for tradition, and a desire to incorporate forward-thinking, sustainable practices into their businesses.
On this trip, our second jaunt into Rioja, we explored three Rioja Alavesa wineries with fun-loving Carol, the owner of Thabuca Wine Tours. Carol is an enthusiastic globetrotter, a wine tourism pioneer, and a talented linguist who has perfected many languages. Our full day together visiting the Remelluri, Ostatu, and El Fabulista bodegas was made complete with an extraordinary six-course Basque lunch at La Bodega de Rivas, and book-ended with stops in the Old Towns of Labastida and Laguardia, which are rich with handsome cathedrals and buildings with sandstone façades.
My post: http://triciaannemitchell.com/2014/08/03/rioja-alavesa-wine-tour-spain/