miércoles, 6 de febrero de 2013

Rioja Destino Enoturístico para los EE.UU. "10 Best Wine Travel Destinations for 2013"


RIOJA MEJOR DESTINO ENOTURÍSTICO PARA LOS EE.UU. "10 BEST WINE TRAVEL DESTINATIONS FOR 2013"

Rioja encabeza la lista de los 10 destinos enoturísticos que ningún aficionado al vino se debería perder, recomendados para 2013 en diferentes países por la prestigiosa revista americana Wine Enthusiast. Su editor de vinos, Michael Schachner, recorrió durante la primera semana de octubre de 2012 la D.O. Ca. Rioja, cuya transformación en la década transcurrida desde su primera visita le parece espectacular, sobre todo en aspectos como el desarrollo del enoturismo.

El artículo ‘10 Best Wine Travel Destinations for 2013’ que Wine Enthusiast publica en su número de febrero destaca no solo la importancia de Rioja como región vitivinícola, sino también toda la historia y cultura que encierra esta Denominación de Origen, lo que, junto con la gastronomía y las actividades de ocio, hacen de ella el destino enoturístico recomendado en España por el autor del reportaje.

En palabras de Michael Schachner, “Rioja ofrece una mezcla privilegiada de historia milenaria, paisajes cautivadores, espectacular gastronomía y excelentes vinos”. El artículo, además de las recomendaciones sobre restaurantes, hoteles, bodegas y lugares a visitar, destaca la relevancia de algunos aspectos culturales de la región, como el Monasterio de San Millán de la Cogolla, donde se encuentran los primeros vestigios escritos de lengua castellana.

Wine Enthusiast, considerada como una de las dos revistas de vinos más influyentes de Estados Unidos, otorgó a la D.O. Calificada Rioja en 2008 el premio como ‘MEJOR REGIÓN VINÍCOLA DEL AÑO’ en reconocimiento “a la excelencia de esta Denominación, líder en España”. Según declaró Adam Strum, editor de la publicación, “aunque la historia vinícola de Rioja se remonta siglos atrás y goza de la experiencia de cientos de años, actualmente está atravesando una revolución estilística y ha conseguido auparse en la escena internacional, alcanzado nuevas cimas en la producción de vinos de clase mundial”.

1. Rioja, Spain
2. Danube, Austria
3. North & South Forks of Long Island, New York
4. Stellenbosch, South Africa
5. Monterey County, California
6. Vale dos Vinhedos, Brazil
7. Willamette Valley, Oregon
8. Hunter Valley, New South Wales, Australia
9. Douro Valley, Portugal
10. Puglia, Italy

WINE TRAVEL DESTINATION 2013: RIOJA, SPAIN

Published at "Wine Enthusiast" on Jan 8, 2013: By Michael Schachner

Rioja offers an elite mix of Iberian history, stunning scenery, proprietary cuisine and brilliant wines.

Among Spanish wine regions, Rioja ranks as the granddaddy of them all. Located in northeast Spain along the Ebro River, protected to the north by the Cantabrian Mountains and anchored by the city of Logroño, Rioja boasts centuries of winemaking history. It entered the modern commercial era in the 19th century, when French wine-makers, looking to escape the spreading phylloxera plague, crossed the Pyrénées and settled in Rioja. Today, Rioja offers an elite mix of Iberian history, stunning scenery, proprietary cuisine, brilliant wines and a unique meshing of old and new. Welcome to Spain’s greatest wine region.      

- Where to Dine: The quintessential food experience in Rioja centers around strolling the bustling streets of Laurel, San Agustín and San Juan in central Logroño and feasting on regional tapas accompanied by glasses of local wine. Top spots include Las Cubanas for roast suckling pig and Tastavin for elevated tapas like tempura bacalao (a dried salted cod). For fine dining in the so-called Spanish vanguardia style, Francis Paniego’s Restaurante El Portal del Echaurren in Ezcaray can provide moments of brilliance, while the chef’s more casual restaurant in Logroño, Tondeluna, captures the essence of contemporary cooking.

- Where to Stay: Lodging options in Rioja range from the five-star Frank Gehry-designed Hotel Marqués de Riscal in Elciego to boutique hotels in small villages, as well as basic European-style three-stars that won’t break the bank. The aforementioned Marqués de Riscal, which houses a Caudalie Vinothérapie spa, is Rioja’s signature luxury hotel, with an affluent clientele. The Hotel Viura in tiny Villabuena de Álava is a personal favorite, with luxe touches and a cool design. Heredad Ugarte, near Laguardia, features a newly constructed hotel with outstanding views of the Ebro Valley.

- Where to Taste: Over the past decade, Rioja wineries with public tasting rooms and tours by appointment have increased exponentially. Bodegas Franco-Españolas is the only major Rioja winery located within Logroño’s city limits. Situated on the north bank of the Ebro River, the restored winery dates from 1890 and offers photos spanning more than a century and tastings. Viña Real, part of the CVNE family of wines, was designed by Bordeaux architect Philippe Mazières and incorporates plenty of pine and Canadian redwood. It’s a stunning bodega, operational since 2004, with caves extending 150 meters into the hillside. At Bodegas Muga in Haro, a visit (appointment required) revolves around seeing the winery’s own cooperage in action, lessons in racking and tastings of several of Muga’s world-class wines.

- When to Go: Spring and fall are the prime visiting seasons. Late September into October is harvest time.

- Prominent Wines: With more than 600 wineries spread across the subzones of Rioja Alta, Alavesa and Baja, variety is a regional theme. Quality and prices start at simple and cheap and expand to outstanding and expensive. The main grape in the region is Tempranillo, but Rioja’s vineyards also grow Garnacha, Graciano and Mazuelo (Carignan), among red grapes. The principal white grapes of Rioja are Viura (Macabeo) and Malvasia.

- Budget Tip: At Centro Hípico Navarrete, owner Katharina Gachnang offers informative one-hour horseback rides through the vineyards overlooking the town of Navarrete (approximately $24).

- Local in-the-know: Taquio Uzqueda, local artist and historian says, “I’ve spent more than a quarter-century visiting the monasteries of Yuso and Suso in San Millán de la Cogolla, where history says the modern Spanish language began during the 10th century. When you are there, you think about the era of monks, Moors and Christians, and the battles that these monks listened to in silence. Every corner of each monastery is filled with magic.”

- Other Activities: What is arguably the best wine museum in the world resides at the Dinastía Vivanco winery in Briones. Unveiled in 2004, the Museo de la Cultura del Vino features almost 3,000 corkscrews and more than 8,000 wine-related pieces and exhibits spread throughout five salons. A top-level restaurant and a wine-and-tapas bar provide postvisit refreshment and nourishment.

1 comentario:

  1. Thanks for sharing this great post about Spanish wine. It is one of my favourite wines and I think that Spanish wine is among the very best tasting wines out there.

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