The town of Cornago in La Rioja, from the road
La Rioja is a land of wines, fields where vines sprout, spoiled for generations, but also of breathtaking scenery who still remember the struggles between patriotic Christians and invaders of another religion and continent.
Fortresses and temples remain standing in those times, in places no longer so isolated, which have become a haven of tranquility for the peaceful visitor who leaves getaway to La Rioja. Corners like these five charming villages of which we speak today.
It is very possible that right now, wherever you are, you have Arnedo at your feet without knowing it, because the footwear industry It is the first economic engine of this town. But Arnedo's charm, except for professionals in that sector, is not in its warehouses and factories.
In its old town there are three churches that are worth visiting (Santo Tomás, San Cosme and San Damián, Santa Eulalia), several baroque houses-palace and the ruins of a castle on top of a hill, a very typically Spanish stamp. If you hurry, you will still be on time to arrive at the patron saint festivities of Arnedo, which do not end until October 2.
Briones is a nice and cozy town located 35 kilometers from Logroño. Its name comes from the ancient Berones, a Celtic people who had this country in their possession at the time when the Romans conquered Spain.
Among the most outstanding monuments that we can find in this town include the Church of Our Lady of the Assumption, built in the 16th century and in the Elizabethan Gothic style, was declared of Cultural Interest in 1981. We can also visit the Briones Fortress, built in the highest part of Briones to defend the town, when it was walled.La Rioja and wineIt is inevitable to associate La Rioja with wine and a getaway to that community would not be complete without tasting its wine or visiting one of its prestigious wineries. And if in addition to visiting a winery we tell you that you can also know the “Best Wine Museum in the World -according to the World Tourism Organization- in the same place?
Picasso's painting, Vivanco Museum of Wine Culture
We are talking about Vivanco, a cultural space created by and for wine. It offers details that distinguish it, such as the possibility of participating - from October to November - in the collection of the grape, in addition to other more traditional options, such as tastings and visits to its winery or a Vintage Menu in its restaurant, tasting courses (which is not the same as tastings) and activities for children (Vivanco Kids).
In addition, in its Museum of Wine Culture you can make a tour of the history of wine through authentic works by Miró, Sorolla or Picasso, and even a corkscrew collection of more than 3,000 pieces.
Picture of Picasso, Vivanco Wineries in La Rioja