The Rioja Alavesa can be smelled, viewed, felt and touched....your eyes can relax while overflying the vast fields of olives, wine and wheat that convert the landscape into a beautiful mosaic of colours, especially in autumn.
The aromatic plants give the perfume, the migrating birds and the flowing river Rio del Ebro give the sounds to enjoy this beautiful piece of land within the Basque Country.
Nevertheless, the taste is the big protagonist in this region, as we are in a region world famous for its wines that also offers excellent food, olive oils and much more.
But the Rioja Alavesa has more to offer. With the wine came the tourists and as new hotels rise up from the fertile ground, so does some of the most exciting contemporary architecture of the Basque Country and Spain.
Curved metal and reflective surfaces, the trademark of Frank Gehry - who is also the architect of the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao - now dot the landscape in Rioja alavesa, too. The Marques de Riscal hotel and bodega has become one of the trademarks of the region and are really worth a visit.
inbasque invites you to discover the Rioja Alavesa, where medieval villages are akin to islands in a sea of never-ending vineyards. This piece of land is synonymous with wine and culture; one of the best places in the world to taste wines that will fascinate your palate.
Plenty of wineries await you where the winemakers will reveal the secrets of winemaking. Because it's here where wine has its origins and it's here where it tastes best.
Also Hotel Viura is one of the newest additions to the area and while not designed by Gehry it reflects an equally beguiling creation.
Another visual trademark of the region, Bodegas Ysios, conceived as a temple dedicated to wine has quickly become the a "signature winery" in La Rioja Alavesa, setting the trend for the construction of a steady progression of avant-garde wineries. The building was designed by the famous Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava.