The first day of bodega visits today, very hectic but also very rewarding. We’ve been hampered by the bad weather, missed connections and cancelled flights, so we got to Rioja later than expected and have had to cram some visits in (or in today’s case miss one).
Regardless of travel woes, its great to be back in Rioja. I have forgotten just how lively and vibrant the place is, even in winter. The weather is spectacular, sunny but freezing cold. Perfect for walking around, taking photos and eating the odd bit of jamon. Highlight from today were lunch with the guys from Artadi and visits to all of the Eguren bodgeas (all 3.5 of them, one is still under construction). The low light was missing an appointment at Marques de Riscal, very poor form on my part. Tomorrow is Muga, Tondonia, Roda and Ramon Bilbao which will be a bit easier all being in walking distance of each other…
The photo is a view from the Vinos de Pagos bodega over the El Pundito vineyard to Paganos.
On a much sadder note, it is very strange to be over hear enjoying myself while fires are still raging not far from home. There is another post on the front page about the Australian Wine Trade Bushfire Raffle, I encourage anyone who hasn’t donated yet to buy a couple of tickets and if you win send the wine to your local CFA station. Those blokes (and girls) deserve a bloody good drink.