Starting in the 20th Century, the cellars adopted new ways of winemaking with the advancement of new technologies to continue elaborating high quality wines, building modern wineries that were comfortable and functional at the same time, combining new techniques with traditional practices, creating new spaces in the cellars such as the grape selection table, temperature controlled stainless steel fermentation vats, barrel room with climate and humidity control adequate for aging, and a bottle storage zone until their release to the market.
We will visit the wineries with the most modern installations to do special tastings directly from barrels to distinguish between American and French oak and other types of wood, it’s the best way to learn how to differentiate between the flavours that provide the different kind of barrels.
We can also find château style wineries in Rioja, that enjoy the best spots of the region surrounded by their own vineyards. There are very few wineries of this type in the region but they are undoubtedly the most remarkable since we will start the visit at the vineyards where in the fall we can distinguish the different varieties of grapes by the colour of their leaves.
In this style of wineries, we usually have picnics with local produce, an exclusive experience where we can enjoy the vineyards, nature and the flavours of the land while sipping a glass of fine rioja wine.