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 la Hoya s/n,
Tel: 945 60 06 40 Fax: 945 60 05 20
Geo-coordinates: Latitude: 42:34:6N (42.56828) Longitude: 2:35:29W (-2.59125)
The inspiration for the name of this winery was Isis, the Egyptian goddess of magic, and it is truly magical when you see the place for the first time, with its undulating aluminium roof against the stark backdrop of the Cantabrian mountain range. When you approach the winery, the roof reflected in a pool looks like a row of casks. Inside, architect Santiago Calatrava has created a simple yet functional design to make winemaking as easy as possible, with the movement of wine directly from one end of the winery to the other. Ysios is one of four Rioja wineries in the Domecq Bodegas group, now owned by Pernod-Ricard.
Useful information: Visits by appointment only. Monday to Friday at 11.00, 13.00 and 16.00; Saturday and Sunday at 11.00 and 13.00. Cost: €5 including a tasting of two wines.
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