Just a short 25 minute drive from Logroño, El Ciego proudly holds one of the oldest and most traditional wineries in the La Rioja wine country. The winery dates back to 1860 and carries its tradition, while representing the future. After the success of the Guggenheim in Bilbao, Marques de Riscal contracted Frank Gehry to lend his vision in the design of their hotel. The hotel's outer design is Gehry's interpretation of a red wine bottle - brilliant.
If you can't splurge with a stay at the hotel, a tour of the vineyard is a must. The property is gorgeous and the facilities are world class. It only costs 10.25 Euro ($13.80 USD) per person for the 1.5 hour tour which includes 2 tastings. It's an amazing value for a memorable tour.
|View of the vineyard and hotel|
|Grapes almost ready to be harvested|
|Entering the visitors center|
|Ticket for 4 adults|
|Entering the warehouse|
|Where the magic happens|
|Barrels and barrels aging before the bottling process|
|The VIP bottles aging for years|
|The best part of the tour|
|Our tour guide pouring the tastes|
|2012 Rueda Verdejo|
|2008 Reserva Rioja|
|Our glasses leisurely being enjoyed|
|Buying bottles at the wine shop|