La Rioja

Culture and wine are a winning pairing alone, but throw in beautiful scenery and an array of incredible recreational activities and you have the province of Rioja, a captivating region in the North of Spain.

Rioja has a rich and celebrated history. As well as the vines that have been growing in the region since the Roman times, Rioja is also the birthplace of the first written words in the Spanish language. Furthermore, the area is on the route of the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage, opening up a whole host of cultural attractions and beautiful hilltop towns and villages to explore.

As one might expect, there are a plethora of different types of wine experiences in Rioja, from traditional caves to modern and futuristic establishments. A visit to one of the five hundred wineries in Rioja is a brilliant experience and wineries have invested time in making tours both educational and entertaining. As well as the wineries, Rioja is a region of exceptional cuisine and its food has a personality of its own, with subtle cultural influences complementing the massive choice of fresh ingredients. The dishes ooze in flavours and are always a worthy accompaniment to the local wines.

Rioja’s contrasting landscape of Mediterranean forests, rolling hillsides, and high mountain areas make it perfect for outdoor activities and there are a massive range to sample including horse riding, hiking, skiing and fishing.  Skiing is possible in the Valdezcaray resort, situated at the foot of Mount San Lorenzo and features over 22 ski runs.

The airport in Logroño, the areas capital, connects with Madrid, and Rioja is close to both Bilbao and Zaragoza airports which have many international connections. The region has some beautiful and unique hotels bursting with character and history, perfect for events of all shapes and sizes.

Rioja is a dynamic region of history, beautiful landscapes and exquisite food and wines that continues to rise in prominence both in Spain and internationally, making it the perfect destination for a business or incentive trip.

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