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Mirador de Moncalvillo and Venta Moncalvillo. Daroca

12/01/2011 Deja un comentario

As I was telling you in my previous 2 posts, Visit to Bodegas López Heredia and Bodegas Campo Viejo, the trip through the process of wine production challenged my two senses, smell and taste.

But not all was about wine during our trip. We had the chance to continue this experience and have some rest time in a beautiful small village in La Rioja, Daroca.

This village has only 48 inhabitants and there is not much besides a restaurant and a rural house, both using the name “Moncalvillo”. But the proximity with many attractions of La Rioja (only 20 minutes from Logroño) makes it a perfect place to spend some days.

We went to have dinner to the restaurant Venta Montcalvillo. This restaurant has recently received a Michelin star. This star is an award given by Michelin Guide. This guide is the oldest and best known European hotel and restaurant guide. You can find out more information about this guide on Wikipedia.

Dinner was great and I must tell you that they even closed the restaurant for us.  And we were served by only two people, the chef and the sommelier. The two persons are brothers and together they own the place. Dinner consisted in 4 different dishes, each dish matches with a different kind of wine. The dishes were cooked with local ingredients, so it had a real La Rioja taste. But the best part of the dinner was that each time a dish was brought the chef explained us how it was cooked and the reason why they have chosen that combination of ingredients and that specific wine.

 - Restaurante VentaMoncalvillo (Daroca de Rioja)

When the dinner finished we were invited to the “cigar room”. The restaurant’s owners are using this room as a Smocking club. And here, we can taste some good cigars and alcoholic drinks. I think it was the first time I regretted that I’m not smocking. The most interesting of this room is the clock that is always showing the same time: 20:20. The chef told us that who enters in this room must forget about time, don’t rush and take the time to enjoy a good cigar and drink.


We also had a surprise during our dinner: two desserts. ¡Yes! Right as you read here. And even in the experience in the “cigar room” was fool of surprises. But I can’t tell you if you want to find out you have to go there.

After dinner we were lucky to can rest and relax in an amazing rural house. It is incredible to get in this warm house with fireplace when outside is so cold!!

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This house is also unique, not only because of the great view, but also for the colour of its rooms. Each room is painted in a different colour.

On morning we woke up with a great breakfast prepared by Maite, the owner of the house.

I recommend you to see this interview in Spanish with Maite even if you are not a Spanish speackers beacause you can see part of the house’s interior. This video was published on turismoenlarioja Youtube channel.

I also recommned you this entry and fotos that Tirso Maldonado published in travbuddy:

Restaurante VentaMoncalvillo Reviews


Bodegas Campo Viejo

06/01/2011 Deja un comentario

As I promised in my previous entry, Visit to Bodegas López Herredia, in this post I’ll describe my experience to the other winery, which we visited during our trip to La Rioja.

As I said in my previous post, Bodegas Campo Viejo is just the opposite winery compared with the traditional Bodegas López Heredia. And we can feel it as soon as we arrive in front of the modern architectural winery.

Bodegas Campo Viejo is the most modern winery in La Rioja, and is located just few miles from Logroño, capital of the region.

We had nice walk to the winery, because in order to get there you have to cross part of the vineyard. As soon as you enter in the modern building we get in touch with the smell of new, especially new wood.  When you enter in the winery you are welcomed by the person, who will join you in the tour. You can have the tour in English or in Spanish.

At the ground floor you find the reception and the restaurant. After finishing the itinerary through the winery you can have a great meal at the restaurant. And if you don’t go there in winter, as we did, you can eat on a nice terrace with great views to the vineyards.

 - Bodegas Campo Viejo (La Rioja)

Underground, you find the others areas of the winery. I was impressed by the modernity and the dimensions of Bodegas Campo Viejo. The winery can produce 21 millions litters of wine and can store 6 millions bottles of wine.

You can check my affirmations in this video made by Jimmy Pons.

For Spanish speakers I recommend to check out too the review and photos of Tirso Maldonado on Trav Buddy Bodega Juan Alcorta Reviews.

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