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Three Rioja vineyards in top 50 of World’s Best Vineyards to Visit 2019

 

Three Rioja vineyards in top 50 of World’s Best Vineyards to Visit 2019

 

Last night (8th July 2019) saw the announcement of the 2019 World’s Best Vineyards to visit, with three vineyards in the Rioja region placing in the top fifty, including one in the top three.

 

Selected by a prestigious panel of voters from around the world, López de Heredia Viña Tondonia took third place, Marqués de Riscal, the oldest winery in the Rioja region, was ninth, and Bodegas Vivanco of Rioja Alta placed 24th.

 

López de Heredia Viña Tondonia won best vineyard in Europe and is famous for housing a mammoth 13,000 oak barrels in its cellars. The vineyard’s winemaker Maria José López de Heredia has kept up the traditional vine and winemaking methods of her predecessors and proudly makes wines with a character that hasn’t changed in more than 140 years.

 

 

López de Heredia Viña Tondonia – 3rd best vineyard to visit in the world

 

The iconic Marqués de Riscal hotel connected to the winery is one of the most recognisable buildings in the Rioja region; designed by Canadian architect Frank Gehry, colourful curves of undulating metal extend into the sky in stark contrast to the greenery of the vineyards.

 

Contrastingly, Bodegas Vivanco is situated underground so as to minimise environmental impact and preserve the beautiful surrounding landscape. The winery has achieved the perfect temperature and moisture levels for preserving and ageing wine in oak barrels.

 

Rioja is very proud to have three vineyards in the top 50 of this worldwide listing and looks forward to welcoming more tourists from around the world to the vineyards, teaching them about Rioja wine.

 

If you’re looking to visit the Spanish wine country, Rioja, Spain’s flagship wine region, really is the ideal destination. With stunning vineyards, guided tours of the region, wine tastings and foodie havens in the nearby towns of Logroño and Haro, there’s something for everyone.

 

 

Marqués de Riscal –9th best vineyard to visit in the world

 

The Rioja region is split into three zones, each with a distinct personality: Rioja Alta, Rioja Oriental and Rioja Alavesa, with the river Ebro uniting the three. The varied landscape, with both dramatic slopes and rows of vines stretching as far as the eye can see, makes for a beautiful view, whilst the 600 vineyards each with their own unique wines will have you spoiled for choice.

 

When you’ve built up an appetite in the vineyards, head to Logroño to follow the tapas trail through cobbled streets, pairing top-quality Rioja wine with local Spanish delicacies – the perfect holiday!

 

 

Bodegas Vivanco –24th best vineyard to visit in the world