We cannot talk about Rioja Alavesa without talking about wine tourism. And we cannot talk about wine tourism without talking about Rioja Alavesa. In this post we show you all the wine tourism plans that you can do here.

1) Discover all kinds of wineries

Among the more than 600 wineries in the Rioja Qualified Denomination of Origin, about 300 are in the province of Álava, so it is possible to visit all kinds of wineries without traveling many kilometers. Around here are some of the importance of Marqués del Riscal and Ysios, but you can find hundreds of different options. In Valdelana we can proudly say that we have one of the oldest wineries in this area, built on a cellar from 1583 that are currently open to visitors.

El Marques del Riscal es una de las bodegas más conocidas de Rioja Alavesa, un plan de enoturismo para hacer en esta región.

2) Exclusive wine tastings in Rioja Alavesa

One of the best wine tourism plans the region offers is learning and enjoying Rioja wine. Almost any winery or wine business in the region offers tastings to those interested and some are very special. For example, our neighbors in El Fabulista offer dramatized visits with wine tasting included. In our case we do some very particular tasting events like our popular stellar pairing.

El maridaje estelar de Bodegas Valdelana es uno de los mejores planes de enoturismo que puedes hacer en Rioja Alavesa.

3) Hiking and cycling routes: wine tourismo in Rioja Alavesa

There are more than 13,000 hectares of vineyards in Rioja Alavesa, so almost any walk in the area becomes pleasant. In addition to this wonderful landscape, the Alava region has a heritage of up to 5000 years old. You will have the perfect plan if you include a stop to rest in wonderful towns like Laguardia, Elciego or Labastida.

Una pareja de enoturistas disfruta de los viñedos de Rioja Alavesa.

4) Drink a glass of wine in unique places

Can you imagine drinking a wine surrounded by vineyards with views of the Ebro river? You can do it in our garden of Varieties! This privileged viewpoint offers one of the best views of Rioja Alavesa. We can also highlight the impressive panorama that Bodegas Baigorri offers from its glass building. But we are not the only ones, the region is full of exceptional places where you can taste a good wine such as Laguardia and its underground cellars or the surprising Hotel Viura.

Enoturistas en el botellero del hotel Viura, en Villanueva de Álava.

5) Visit wine museums in Rioja Alavesa

You will not only find shops and wine tastings in the Rioja Alavesa wineries: many of them include museums about this drink. For example, there is an important thematic center on wine in the gastronomic space Villa Lucía, in Laguardia,. We also recommend the Vivanco Wine Culture Museum in Rioja Alta. We also offer a very complete museum in our 16th century winery, where you can learn more about the history and culture of wine.

El museo del vino de Bodegas Valdelana es uno de los planes enoturísticos que ofrece Rioja Alavesa.

6) Live the Rioja Alavesa Wine Harvest Festival

If you are a wine lover and you want to visit Rioja Alavesa on some special occasion, then come during the Wine Harvest Festival that takes place every September in one of the towns in the region. A celebration with a lot of wine tourism content that also includes one of the most prestigious wine competitions in the DOCa. Rioja. We have been awarded on more than one occasion in this contest

7) Discover villages “bathed” in wine

We are not going to insist again on the beauty of the Rioja Alavesa towns, but we would like to emphasize the importance of wine in all of them. You cannot walk through the streets of Villanueva de Álava, Lapuebla, Elvillar, Laciengo or, of course, Elciego or Laguardia without thinking about this drink. You can taste one of the best wines in the world and you will see the influence of wine wherever you go. By the way, if you go to Laguardia, one of our favorite towns, we recommend that you visit that place with our friends from Pepita Uva.

Cartel de "Wine" en Laguardia. El vino es uno de los elementos fundamentales en el desarrollo de esta localidad de Rioja Alavesa

8) Enjoy the colors of the Rioja Alavesa vineyards

We already talked about the colors of the vineyard in our ten reasons to visit Rioja Alavesa, but you can clearly see the passing of the seasons in this region. The appearance of Rioja Alavesa in the middle of July does not resemble the color of the region in autumn. And seeing and enjoying the colors of the vineyard is already, for us, a great plan of wine tourism typical of Rioja Alavesa.

Judit en los viñedos de Rioja Alavesa durante el otoño.

9) Wine therapy, a wine tourism plan in Rioja Alavesa

Did you know that wine and grapes can be used for therapeutic purposes?Establishments such as the Wine Oil Spa Villa, the Hospedería Los Parajes de Laguardia, or our neighbors Marqués del Riscal offer wine therapy treatments for this reason. We cannot offer you a wine jacuzzi or a grape massage, but we do have wines that will make you forget everything.

Juan se moja la cara con vino en Bodegas Valdelana (Elciego, Rioja Alavesa)

10) Meet your family in Elciego

We cannot finish this post about wine tourism plans in Rioja Alavesa without inviting you to come to Elciego to meet us. Although this region of Álava offers thousands of wine plans, we would love it if you could make room for us on your trip. We are smaller than most of our neighbors, but we have a long family and oenological history that we would like to share with you. You can also stay in our winery from 1583 located in a perfect place to move around Rioja Alavesa. See you?

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About Bodegas Valdelana

Bodega de vino en la Rioja Alavesa. Desde 1583 haciendo de la familia la esencia de nuestro vino.

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