The Rioja Alta Wine Route is the centenary landscape of wine. It is so named because it is the region with the most density of centuries-old wineries in the world. That´s right, this landscape where wine is legend and it´s reality. It’s no wonder that it homes the greatest number of centennial wineries in the world.
Large, small, monumental, artisanal… as many wineries as generations have devoted their life to cultivating and making the wine that gives the land its name. The historical winery quarters, such as the one near the Haro train station, wineries built underground and ancient rock winepresses, present in many of the towns, are proof of this.
Although wine is the driving force of the routes, visitors will also find other interesting attractions .The Way of St James, which traverses part of this land, is one of example, where pilgrims witness and experience the remnants of this wonderful ancient past. Another interesting path to travel is the Romanesque Route, on the western most area, which harbours epic monuments of a great cultural and heritage value. Romanesque wasn’t the only style that left its mark in this area, the legacy of Baroque, Gothic, Plateresque and Renaissance styles lives on in civil and ecclesiastical buildings in these towns. Of the six monasteries found on this itinerary, five are still in use. All in all, visitors will feel their souls nourished with the vast
cultural and artistic heritage; their bodies with the magnificent food and lodging establishments on the way; and their spirit through the relationships and conversation with the locals. We invite you to step into this land and enjoy an unforgettable experience.