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Marques de Riscal
Marques de Riscal

Marques de Riscal

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C/ Torrea, 1, 01340 Elciego, Spain
945 60 60 00
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Porto, Portugal

Maybe the most iconic Bodega in Rioja Alavesa wine region, mostly due to this Frank Gehry beautiful sculpture, the hotel. The building is fabulous, perfectly integrated in the surrounding area. The visit to the cellars will show you, along with some videos, the whole process of wine making from former Marques de Riscal till the whole empire of the actual heirs, a 5 million bottle production a year and the whole marketing around the brand!
I enjoyed the visit, however a bit mechanical and impersonal ( comparing to a previous visit at Vinã Tondonia, Lopez de Heredia). Still you 're able to visit the surrounding area of the hotel, and taste their wines.

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Paranaque, Philippines

Wine lovers delight! The bldg created by the same person who built the Guggenheim museum in Bilbao, Frank Ghery is both a hotel resort and winery. Luxury at its best. Wine tour and tasting is included in the hotel package.

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Pleasant Hill, California, USA
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The Village of Elciego (6 km SE of Laguardia) is the home of the historic Marqués de Riscal Winery Complex (AKA La Ciudad Del Vino) and founded way back in 1858. Gayle and I took the Tour and for 10 Euros each, it was worth every Peseta. This is a first class operation all the way, starting with the Frank Gehry (of Bilbao Guggenheim Museum fame) designed visitor complex, proceeding onto various Winery operations, finishing up with a few tasting room pours, and not "letting" us leave until I found a cool item at the Gift Shop. This Winery Tour was one of the overall highlights of our Spain trip, and we only wish that we had more time to explore the Rioja Area and certain other places (like Ysios).

The Frank Gehry design is an amazing sight and somehow all those modern titanium ribbons blend in well with the rest of the stone-aspects of Marqués de Riscal Winery Complex and the surrounding Village of Elciego. The silver, gold, and "dusty rose" sheets are Gehry's response to the unbroken landscape of vineyards and the associated rich tones. There is also a Luxury Hotel and Spa within the Complex.

One part of the tour featured the Reserve wines that have been laid down for years. Our guide (we took the Spanish language tour) pointed out that the Winery honoured Frank Gehry by pouring a bottle of wine that was bottled the year he was born (1929) and showed us the old direct flame way the wine bottles used to be opened. This illustrates the fact that the Winery may be modern, but at the same time remains faithful to the Bodega's "old fashioned" rigorous tradition of quality. and of course those who wish to aspire to a sophisticated nose and refined palette.

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