Winery trips and wine tourism: La Rioja, wines from Spain (I)

Wine tourism and Winery trips La Rioja, Spain by Echaurren (Francis Paniego)

Wine tourism and winery trips are very much appreciated by tourist and travellers, becoming a fantastic way to discover our country diversity. Spain is the biggest vine-growing area in the world, with more than 1 million Ha of plantations with diverse terrains and climatic conditions.  In terms of production we are the third, and the second global wine exporters after France.

In Spain you might find lots of famous  and interesting wineries all over the country, from the North to Southern Andalusia, from Mediterranean coast to Portugal borders.  Vines may be found growing in quite desert areas, next to the sea, or in landscapes blanketed by snow, but generally, vineyard development benefits from a warm and relatively dry climate with lot of sunlight and long summers.


Following the link there is the map with all the production areas named as “Protected Designations of Origin” by the European Union regulations. In Spanish language: “Denominaciones de Origen, D.O.”, nearly 70 ones in Spain…

Wine tourism and winery trips attract million visitors to Spain every year. In our Boutique Hotel Association we are ready to propose you a unique and exclusive experience to taste the best Spanish wines and to visit the most famous wineries and production Regions. You are welcomed to request our hosts and hotel owners to suggest you the best options. Some of our boutique hotels are located at the most famous wine areas as La Rioja , Jerez, Toro, Ribera del Duero, Somontano, Rias Baixas, etc.

Most visited wine areas in Spain


ECHAURREN Boutique Hotel, Ezcaray. Logroño:

Sommelier Chef Paniego will make you appreciate the finest Spanish wines at Echaurren Restaurant with more than 500 references on its cellar. Special pairing menus and wine tastings are organized on your request. Tours and vineyard visits, and even the chance to participate in the Rioja “harvest” (late September to mid October).

Chef Millesime 2012 Francis Paniego, awarded last November with the Spanish “Premio Nacional de Gastronomía “ manages “El Portal del Echaurren” Restaurant, one Michelin star, and the perfect place to enjoy one of the most famous cuisines in Spain. Echaurren hotel is reputed to be one “gastronomic hotel” too.  Wine, cuisine and gastronomy, what else?…Francis Paniego is assisting Marques de Riscal Restaurant next to Marques de Riscal Winery and Hotel, very famous to be designed by Frank O. Gehry, same architect of the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao.

AIRE DE BARDENAS, Boutique Hotel , Tudela, Navarra.

Aire de Bardenas Hotel, awarded with 26 Architecture and Interior Design prizes, is situated near the Bardenas Reales Natural Park, Biosphere Reserve

Its restaurant is the perfect place to pair Rioja wines with the finest “Ribera de Navarra” cuisine traditions, real paradise of the vegetables, as the famous asparagus, artichokes, lettuce hearts, etc.

Just few Km away from Tudela, the hotel location, you´ll find Rioja wineries as the reputed “Marques de Caceres”, one of the most international Spanish wines.

For further information, here it is the Rioja tourism official website

Visit La Rioja and taste the best Rioja Spanish wines with us!.

Everything you might need to know about Spanish Wines and Spain´s viticulture and traditions we recommend you to consult the official website “Wines from Spain”:  And If you are based in UK you are welcomed to visit:

We remain at your disposal for any comment and suggestion and of course to keep you informed about wine tourism highlights in Spain. You are welcomed to contact us at our general email for any assistance you would require.