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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Miguel Merino

Address: Carretera de Logroño 16, 26330 Briones
Tel: 941 32 22 63  Fax: 941 32 22 94
Geo-coordinates:  Latitude: 42:32:31N (42.54194)    Longitude: 2:47:7W (-2.78541) 

After 25 years as the export director of several wineries, in 1990 Miguel Merino began to realise his wish to create his own winery. Starting with a restored farmhouse, he built a small vinification plant and barrel-ageing cellar, and started to buy grapes grown on small plots near Briones to produce well-made, modern wines. Miguel, who is a treasure trove of knowledge about Rioja, and son Miguel Jr give a friendly tour of the winery and a tasting. Ask to try Mazuelo de la Quinta Cruz, one of the few 100% Mazuelos made in Rioja.

Useful information: Appointment recommended. Visits Monday to Saturday from 9.00 to 13.00. Cost: €7.50 including a tasting of two Reservas. English spoken.


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