But Rioja not only attracts wine lovers. The world of wine has added new interests, such as the fantastic buildings that house some of the wineries. This new interests is known as “Wine Architecture” and we will now suggest some of the best rioja winery tours.
Vineyards, wineries, glass, metal … the elements that create this remarkable landscape that we review through the five most original examples is worthy of forming part of any wine route we take in the area.
We would start this tour in the town of Laguardia, visiting the Bodega CVNE, a modern avant-garde construction designed by the famous french architect Philippe Maziéres. The building is shaped like a gigantic vat, in through which natural light seeps. Another outstanding example of integrating architecture with the landscape can be found at Bodegas Baigorri in Samaniego, designed by Iñaki Aspiazu. The exterior of this novel building is an empty glass box from which the vineyards can be viewed. The winery is set out on different levels below ground level.
We can then continue on our route and the next stop would be the village of Elciego, where we will find one of the most famous buildings in the region, the Marqués de Riscal winery. This amazing building was designed by the great architect Frank Gehry, who also designed the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao and the Haus building besides the Rheinturn in Düsseldorf, among others. As with the rest of his creations, the titanium plates in the facade take the lead role. The different colours are inspired by the shades of wine. Less eye-catching but equally as beautiful is de Bodega Antión, designed by architect Jesús Marino Pascual.
On the way back to Laguardia, we can pay a visit to the Bodega Ysios, designed by Santiago Calatrava. It is a beautiful construction featuring gently undulating forms for which wood and metal were used as the basic materials.
They are all unusual buildings, some of them quite spectacular. Ideal places from which to enjoy the view while treating our palate to the excellent wine of these lands. There are probably more places worth visiting, but I believe the previous ones are some of the best rioja winery tours.