The Rioja In Winter

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What to do with 3 days in the Rioja from late January to early March.  Culture, Wine and Gastronomy at its best!

The Rioja is stunningly beautiful even in the dead of winter.  A land of atmospheric fortress towns with medieval walls, the Rioja is filled with Noble homes with heraldic shields, charming family run country inns and rural hotels, Gothic churches and Renaissance Monasteries, dólmenes (ancient burial markers), vibrant boutique wineries, and award winning restaurants serving superb regional Riojan and Basque cuisine.
There are now more than 600 wineries in the three distinct sub zones of the Rioja wine region; the Alta, Baja and Alavesa, and Haro’s Barrio de la Estación is the only place in the world where you can find five major wineries dating back more then 100 years within easy walking distance of each other.  
The following are some of our favorite stops during late winter, or most any other time of the year.