Route of wines from Álava, Rioja and Navarre

Traditional and state of the art wineries in a route among vineyards. Experience wine in one of the most universal designations of origin and discover the wines from Navarre

Day 1
Departure. Sunday.
The Parador de Argómaniz is the best choice to rest close to Vitoria and visit the city as well, just a 15-minute drive. Both modern and historic at the same time, the city has a beautiful old town, declared Monumental Complex, which still preserves its medieval design and where visiting different bars to try their bars and tapas is a must. Walking around the green belt that circles the city will allow you to admire the remains of its walls and the distinctive skyline with the four towers of the church of San Miguel, San Pedro, San Vicente and Santa María cathedral. From there, you can go on a short trip to discover the region covered by the wine route of Rioja Alavesa, located at the Ebro riverbank and protected by the southern slope of the Sierra de Cantabria. La Rioja Alavesa-Laguardia comprises towns traditionally linked to the wine culture, which still preserve the charm of the medieval villages built among vineyards and contain a vast natural, archeological and artistic heritage. The designs of the new wineries bear the unmistakable signature of renowned architects. This is the case of Frank Gehry with Marqués del Riscal, in Elciego; Santiago Calatrava with Ysios, in Laguardia; and Iñaki Aspiazu, with Bodegas Baigorri, in Samaniego. Another nearby site of interest is the Valle Salado Salinas de Añana, where salt is still produced as the Romans did in spectacular and ancient tiered threshing floors which use the salt water of the springs.
Day 2
The town of Santo Domingo de la Calzada is an excellent starting point to discover Rioja Alta in all its beauty and wine-growing heritage, known world-over. We recommend to discover the Ontañón winery-museum (Logroño), the Oenological Station of Haro (Haro), the museum of the Vivanco Wine Culture (Briones) as well as some of the wineries of this DOC that can be visited or going on a route of the “Wine Architecture” (Gehry, Calatrava, Moneo, etc.). In Santo Domingo you will be able to discover the Extenta Tower, the Cathedral (main alterpiece, the mausoleum of the saint, the hen house and the cloister), or nearby the town of San Millán de la Cogolla, the San Millán de Yuso Monastery and the San Millán de Suso Monastery. Because of its location in the middle of the Jacobean route, the Parador is an ideal place for those who want to enjoy rural tourism, sports such as golf or hiking and the Valdezcaray ski station. The wines of the area combine perfectly with the famous Riojan cuisine, which is a must: Rioja-style potatoes, stuffed piquillo peppers, Rioja-style cod, vegetable stew from La Ribera... without forgetting some lamb chops roasted with vine shoots. Note: The catering services for the clients who book the route with the half-board option will be offered in the nearby Parador de Santo Domingo de la Calzada (400 meters).
Day 3
On the way to Olite, a stopover in Logroño is well worth to, at least, take an enogastronomic walk through its famous Laurel street. Upon arriving to Olite and watching its silhouette dominated by the slender and harmonious fortress on the horizon, you will feel that there is still much to discover. The town offers us the opportunity to get to know the Palace of the Kings of Navarre, the most important example of Navarre's civil Gothic style and one of the most remarkable in Europe, or the Square of Charles III. A tour through its narrow streets will allow you to walk sheltered by noble stone houses with coats of arms and great wooden eaves, medieval galleries and splendid churches, and discover the Roman walled enclosure. You will be able to discover the world of wine at the Wine and Vineyard Museum of Navarre that is located in the same beautiful square as the Parador. Within the town itself, the Piedemonte, Marco Real and Bodega Ochoa wineries are worth visiting. And you must be predisposed to try and have new experiences, because Navarran wines are much more than the popular and appreciated rosé. And although they are complex to pair, do not forget to have a great feast with artichokes and the famous vegetables and legumes of the area. Many towns in the area are worth visiting, but at least you have to go to Ujué, a beautiful medieval town with narrow streets that run along steep slopes, ending at the top in front of the sanctuary-fortress of the Virgin of Ujué.