Wine Tour of the Camino de Santiago
La Rioja, Camino Francés
On the Camino Frances, the city of Logroño is the perfect place for learning all about the famous Spanish wine, Rioja. The wines of La Rioja have earned world-wide recognition. The quality of the wine from La Rioja is so good that it has become a hallmark of this region. Here you can visit more than nine wineries and discover the secrets of how this wine is produced.
Savouring the final result in the process by tasting a few wines or eating in the restaurant. And if you want to learn even more, you can sign up for a wine-tasting course. Another excellent option is the “Catarsis” programme, which offers classical music concerts or live jazz every Saturday night at one of the wineries. The event includes a tour of the winery, wine-tasting and a cocktail dinner.
Finally, why not indulge in a relaxing wine therapy session at one of the spas in the city?
As you might imagine, wine is the focal point of many of the local festivities. On 11 June, more or less coinciding with the feast day of St Bernabé, jugs of wine, bread and fish are given out. Visit it in September when the wine picking begins and when Logroño celebrates the Riojan Harvest Festival.
Wine Festivals in the Streets
The Harvest Festivals pay homage to San Mateo, patron saint of Logroño, and turn the city into the scene of several festive events, with wine as the main player. One of the most spectacular is the Treading of the Grapes: young people wearing traditional dress tread the freshly picked grapes to get the first grape juice of the season, which they then offer to the Virgen de la Valvanera. Music concerts for all ears, a bullfighting festival, an international fireworks contest, aerial dance shows at night time and public tastings complete the programme of the Harvest Festivals.
Learn about wine
To visit this region is to go deep into the wine-producing culture, and a good way to do so is by visiting the Vivanco Dynasty Museum of Wine Culture. You can learn about the entire cultivation and creation process or take a tour through the vineyards of La Rioja. You can even stay in a winery or in rural houses and hotels with eco-tourism programmes that have something for everyone. Even the little ones will enjoy themselves when they participate in the treading of grapes. Have you started to plan your escape to La Rioja this autumn yet?
El Bierzo, Camino Francés
On the Camino Frances, the county of El Bierzo is one of Spain's best kept secrets. Autumn is the best time of the year to experience the county's wine culture with visits to wineries and vineyards, tastings in restaurants, and other wine-related activities. The Roman mines of Las Medulas -a UNESCO World Heritage Site- is a popular stop en route for many people walking the Camino.
Ribeiro, Via de la Plata
The area around the medieval city of Ourense is known by the excellent Ribeiro wines, one of the first wines in Spain to be awarded the prestigious Designation of Origin (DOM). The Via de la Plata from Ourense passes through many small vineyards making Ribeiro signature wines. Also known as "The Quiet Camino", the Via de la Plata is much less busy than the Camino Frances and is ideal to witness a rural Spain still largely unchanged by modern times.
Vinho Verde, Camino Portugués
The Atlantic coast of northern Portugal is world-known by their Vinho Verde. Wine-making is an important part of the way of life on the Camino Portugues. There is a special delight to be found by discovering a small fiesta in a little village somewhere on the Camino, becoming part of the traditions and experiencing the hospitality of the local people.
Rias Baixas, Camino Portugués
Galicia's Atlantic coast can boast their extraordinary Albariño white wine, the perfect accompaniment to Galicia's delicious fish and shellfish gastronomy. In October, the coastal town of O’Grove celebrates its Fiesta in Honour of Seafood. During the celebrations, fish and shellfish go on sale at special prices, prepared and served by town locals. The excellent regional produce attracts thousands of people every year, making this event a point of reference, and earning O’Grove its nickname of “seafood paradise”. There is also music, traditional dance, competitions and sporting events, as well as seminars and exhibitions.
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