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Two wineries in Rioja Alavesa win wine tourism prizes in the ‘Best of’ awards

  • Rioja Alavesa
    Rioja Alavesa
30/09/2016
Two wineries in Rioja Alavesa win wine tourism prizes in the ‘Best of’ awards
The Luis Cañas winery in Villabuena de Álava hosted this year's ceremony

The wine tourism ‘Best of’ awards mean highly-prized recognition which this year has gone to two firms in Álava (Bodegas y Viñedos de Páganos and Bodegas Valdelana) and two in La Rioja (Bodegas Ramón Bilbao and Wine Fandango). 15 companies took part in this 14th edition, with a total of 21 candidatures submitted. The awards aim to give recognition to firms in the Rioja wine denomination and companies in the wine tourism sector in Álava, Bizkaia and La Rioja who have proven their excellence in areas like accommodation, architecture, art and culture, innovative experiences or sustainable practices. The winner in the "Architecture, Parks and Gardens" section was Bodegas y Viñedos de Páganos of Laguardia. In the locality of Páganos in Álava, beneath the walls of Laguardia, is Viñedos de Páganos. Founded by Miguel and Marcos Eguren with the aim of making great wines, it enters the bowels of the earth, as did their ancestors' constructions in the area. It is a modern winery cut out of the cold rock, beneath the vineyards themselves. The winner in the "Art and Culture" section was Bodegas Valdelana of Elciego. Bodegas Valdelana steps back in time to show tourists a land whose cultural and artistic roots are steeped in the world of wine. Their latest idea is a route through prehistory which takes visitors to dolmens, archaeological sites and ancient chapels set in the winemakers' family land. Visitors can also plunge into their 15th-century rock-cut cellars and then continue their journey through time in an ethnographic museum and a chapel dating from 1583. The experience is rounded off with activities in the vineyards, to end at ‘El Balcón de las Variedades’, the 'Balcony of the Varieties', an extraordinary viewpoint offering spectacular views of the vineyards and the river Ebro.

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