The eastern section of Rioja Alavesa and Rioja Alta
By Tom Perry
This Guide was last updated on 12 February 2010
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Address: Camino de Lapuebla 50,
Tel: 941 27 99 00 Fax: 941 27 99 01
Geo-coordinates: Latitude: 42:28:17N (42.47146) Longitude: 2:28:42W (-2.47823)
When you approach Campo Viejo (previously known as Bodegas Juan Alcorta), located on a plateau overlooking Logroņo and the surrounding countryside, you see nothing but vineyards and two small buildings, leading you to believe that there is not much there. Once inside, however, you discover that the winery has been buried underground. It is an example of true land art, as the earth-coloured walls of the winery mimic the soil of the surrounding hills. The principle followed in this avant-garde winery, the flagship winery of the Domecq Bodegas group and designed by the Spanish architect Ignacio Quemada, is to move wine through the winery by gravity. Throughout the winemaking process the wine flows to lower levels of the winery until it reaches the ageing and bottling areas. The ageing cellars, holding 70,000 barrels, are the largest in Europe. Their Azpilicueta Crianza is one of the mainstays of Spanish restaurant wine lists and well worth tasting.
Useful information: Visits by appointment only from Monday to Friday at 11.00, 13.00 and 16.00. Saturday and Sunday at 11.00 and 13.00. English spoken. Cost 5. The winery has a gift shop.
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