La Rioja Food and Wine Tours

Indulge your senses in Spain's most famous wine region

Located in the north of the Iberian Peninsula and bordered by the Basque Country, Navarre, Aragón and Castile and León, it's a great location to get around the least visited areas of Spain. Of course, everyone knows the wines from La Rioja, it has over 500 wineries and is internationally famous for the quality of its wines. Situated on the Camino de Santiago route, it has also been very much influenced by its neighboring regions, adapting the dishes with that touch of exquisite simplicity so typical from this area.

Named the 2012 Gastronomic Capital of Spain, there is no shortages of amazing places eat. There is amazing food around all of Spain, each region has it’s own specialties, which makes Spanish cuisine very diverse and unique, La Rioja is not an exception. The culinary delights to be found in famous foodie regions like the Basque Country and Catalunya can’t be ignored, but, La Rioja, can’t be left behind. 

Underrated and overlooked by so many people when traveling to Spain, there are so many reasons why it deserves to be visited. La Rioja is world famous for its red wine and for good reason. It’s amazing. There has been a tradition of wine harvesting in this region for very long, the entire region is covered with vineyards and you can visit tiny family owned bodegas to industrial wine producers, they have it all.

The simplicity and quality of Riojan gastronomy has its origin in the exceptional produce of the land where you can find: lettuces, peppers, onions, artichokes, asparagus, beans and peppers. A typical dish is pochas or caparrones, beans not fully dried, with chorizo. Another of the typical dishes of this region is patatas a la riojana, a simple potato stew with chorizo and dried red peppers. Its most notable pork products are, however, sweet morcilla(black sausage) and chorizo. Also, lamb cutlets cooked over dried vine shoots are one of the region's specialties. And, although it is not a coastal region, they have created dishes like Rioja-style cod with tomatoes and peppers, and freshwater fish such as trout and crayfish form part of their traditional ingredients.

Confectionery is also big, known as golmajería, and some of the best pastries include hormigos (pastries made of flour and water and covered in honey, milk and cinnamon), the mazapanes from Soto (syrup-coated marzipan), molletes from Santo Domingo de la Calzada (raisin and cinnamon-filled muffins) and fardelejo (almond-filled pies).

La Rioja cuisine is simple and uses only top quality products found in the region. The area’s popular agricultural tradition provides a great variety of local produce. Imagine a landscape surrounded by vineyards and a gastronomic scene based on wine culture and fresh harvest, all that and more waits at La Rioja. 

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