Spain: Rioja

Around Haro

The western parts of Rioja Alta and Rioja Alavesa
By Tom Perry

This Guide was last updated on 12 February 2010
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Hotel Villa de Abalos

Address: Plaza Fermín Gurbindo 2, 26339 Abalos
Tel: 941 33 43 02  Fax: 941 30 80 23
Geo-coordinates:  Latitude: 42:34:21N (42.57257)    Longitude: 2:42:40W (-2.71108) 

In addition to their responsibilities as owners of this beautifully appointed hotel with 17 rooms, located in a 17th-century palace, José Luis Castillo and his wife Merche entertain their guests with an interesting range of activities based on the vineyards surrounding the village of Abalos. Four times a year, during pruning, flowering, véraison (colour change) and the harvest, guests are invited to participate in these rituals associated with viticulture. It is also possible to take bicycle tours through the vineyards, as well as visit ancient wine-pressing and fermenting areas in shallow holes carved into huge boulders.

Useful information: Rooms from €93.50 including breakfast. A dinner menu is available for hotel guests at €26.

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