If you are a wine lover looking for a fully immersive experience that will leave you content and with some memories to treasure for years to come, the Marques de Riscal or Frank Gehry winery in La Rioja, Spain is the place for you.
Frank Gehry winery, Spain. The wine experience of a lifetime in the Marques de Riscal bodega in La Rioja
The story of the Marques de Riscal bodega designed by Frank Gehry
The winery (or “bodega”) is actually called Marques de Riscal. It was born in 1858 and it is located in the Basque Country, in an area called “Rioja Alavesa”. Theirs was the first Rioja wine to ever be bottled.
But not only do they have the honour of being the first Rioja, they have also transitioned to modern times in the most epic way.
In 2006, they transformed their family winery into the “City of Wine” to offer visitors an experience in their premises they will not forget.
The most iconic part of it is the luxury hotel designed by the architect Frank O. Gehry, who is also the mastermind behind the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, surely you can see the resemblance!
The hotel in the Marques de Riscal winery that happens to be a piece of art
Made with steel and titanium, this mind blowing building literally reflects the very peculiar colours of its surroundings. Greens, pinks, gold… It is an ode to the autumn and the Marques de Riscal signature wines.
Staying at this piece of art among vineyards is, however, not for every budget as rooms start at 347€. You can check this extraordinary place and see more pictures here >>
But not to worry if you can not stretch your budget that much! The Marques de de Riscal winery is located walking distance to the village of Elciego, where you will find some budget friendly accommodation options. You can see all options here>>
You can spend the day in the village and opt for a day visit to enjoy the luxury winery.
Tours and wine tastings at the Frank Gehry winery in Spain
Regardless if you stay at their hotel, visitors are always welcome to book a tour. You will travel back in time during the tour as you will get to visit their original bodega dating from 1860 where they keep the ancient wines.
The tour will also take you to the wineyards before wrapping up the day with a tasting of their wines paired with the tastiest Spanish charcuterie! Tours starts at 19€ per person.
But that’s not all! In their premises you will also find a vinotherapy spa, a Michelin restaurant, and a traditional Riojan wine bar that specialises in grilled meats!
A dream come true for lovers of fine wine and food in the most incredible surroundings. If there is one bodega to visit in the area make Frank Gehry Rioja winery the one.
Useful information if you visit the Frank Gehry winery in La Rioja, Spain
Tours of the premises and wine tasting must be booked in advance from their website. You can do it here>
You can book your stay in the Marques del Riscal hotel with free cancellation via booking.com>
Check all the options for budget-friendly accommodation options in the nearby village here>>
If you like wine you might also want to check this bodega in a cave in Requena, Valencian Community.
Save money on your trip to Spain to visit the Marques de Riscal Winery or the Frank Gehry hotel.
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