HEMINGWAY IN LA RIOJA
AT FIRST SIGHT
Our Hemingway in La Rioja day tour follows Hemingway to some of his favorite wineries in this world famous wine region. Hemingway first discovered La Rioja in the 1920s. The writer was very familiar with the La Rioja region and travelled around its vineyards on long road trips. On his last visit to Spain in the late fifties, he did not miss a trip to the region. The final scene of his novel The Sun Also Rises has his two protagonists enjoy five bottles of the wine: “Let’s have another bottle of Rioja. It’s very good.”
INTO ANOTHER ERA
Our Hemingway territory includes La Rioja Alta, one of 3 communities and identities with more than 3000 years of history to unravel along the way.
Hemingway loved places with a unique flavour and identity of their own.
WINERIES WITH CHARACTER
Find out why Hemingway fell in love with this region and came back again and again.
PURELY EXPERIENTIAL TRAVEL
Full of diverse and very local experiences connected to the life and writing of Ernest Hemingway.
Our first stop is a winery where Hemingway also spent his time in 1956. This winery was founded in 1890 when the French settled in the region and began replanting Riojan vines. Here, you will become an expert on the iconic Bordón wine during a fantastic wine tasting.
We move on to a second, favorite winery, where we get to continue our experience sampling some of the best wines in the region in one of the most charming, authentic bodegas around.
We have lunch at a gorgeous fourteenth century convent-turned four star hotel in Haro, the Hotel Los Agustinos. Haro is in the heart of La Rioja and Hemingway passed through here frequently on his travels to and from Logroño. As we move around the area we will enjoy views of a rural and agricultural paradise along the way. As Hemingway once wrote, “I learned to understand Cézanne much better and to see truly how he made landscapes when I was hungry.”
Our third winery is one of the more ancient wineries in the Rioja Alta where we tour their underground cellar and taste a 2005 Gran Reserva, among other wines, paired with delicious Iberian ham. “Wine is one of the most civilized things in the world…” Hemingway wrote in Death in the Afternoon.
- Guide and transportation
- Visit three wineries from a shortlist of wineries in the Rioja Alta
- Lunch at Hotel Los Agustinos