La Cata del Barrio de la Estación will be held on 17 September 2016, a festive day where attendees will be able to enjoy wines from seven of the most emblematic Spanish wineries in the world.

Next Saturday 17 September sees the arrival of the 2nd edition of La Cata del Barrio de la Estación, a unique wine event organised by seven of the most emblematic wineries in the Spanish wine world. It will be a day open to the public where the mythical Barrio de la Estación in Haro (La Rioja) will become a party, opening the doors of the wineries so that attendees can enjoy their great wines and the best of La Rioja gastronomy. It will be a great opportunity to get to know the region with the highest concentration of centenary wineries in the world.

The Barrio de la Estación Tasting is an event for wine lovers, organised by the seven wineries in Haro’s Barrio de la Estación: La Rioja Alta, S.A.; López de Heredia Viña Tondonia; Muga; Bodegas RODA; CVNE; Bodegas Bilbaínas and Gómez Cruzado.

Tickets can be purchased through the website for €50 (advance sale at €40). Access includes the tasting of 14 great wines (two per winery) and seven Rioja tapas, as well as wine-related activities at each of the wineries and live music.

Various travel packages have been designed for this event, both national and international, in order to offer an unforgettable weekend in Haro and its region.

National package: includes two nights’ accommodation in 3 and 4-star hotels in Haro and the surrounding area; entrance to La Cata del Barrio de la Estación; travel to the event from the hotels; and travel insurance.

International package: based at Bilbao airport, includes two nights’ accommodation in 4-star hotels, both in Bilbao and the surrounding area of Haro; entrance and transport to and from the event from the hotels; travel insurance; and an optional visit to the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao.

The Barrio de la Estación and its wineries, which are open to the public every day, attract more than 100,000 national and international visitors every year, who come from countries such as the United Kingdom, France, Germany, the United States, Brazil and Mexico to experience wine at first hand in a district that is a benchmark for wine tourism, with a great Spanish winemaking tradition and the birthplace of Rioja wine. The wineries in the district, which have experienced a growth in visits (close to 30% in the last five years), have developed a wide variety of wine tourism experiences and all have Wine Bars where you can taste wines accompanied by small tastings.

Haro, a unique wine tourism destination in the world 365 days a year 

Gastronomy plays an important role in La Rioja, standing out for its vegetable garden and product-based cuisine. Tradition and innovation blend together nowadays thanks to the good work of Rioja chefs who have positioned Rioja cuisine on a worldwide level. The architecture that surrounds the Barrio de la Estación is also a good reason to come to the 2nd edition of this great festival. A setting where 19th century structures are mixed with the most avant-garde elements, such as the construction of one of the wineries designed by Zaha Hadid, the first woman to win the Pritzker Architecture Prize. Likewise, the centuries-old vineyards, the microclimate of the area -near the river Ebro, sheltered by the Sierra de Cantabria and the Obarenes mountains-, also make this enclave a unique place.

The region’s cultural offer is complemented by other major tourist attractions, such as the Pilgrim’s Way to Santiago de Compostela or the route of the monasteries. Given its good location, Haro is internationally accessible thanks to its proximity to Bilbao airport and, at national level, the connections with Madrid (by motorway or motorway) and with Barcelona (by long-distance trains) are very accessible. And, of course, the proximity to capitals such as Logroño, Vitoria, Bilbao, San Sebastián and Burgos, among others.

The Barrio de la Estación de Haro is a unique wine tourism area to visit all year round. However, there is no date more special than the celebration of the 2nd edition of La Cata del Barrio de la Estación on 17 September, a day when the seven wineries will open their doors and offer their great wines in a festive atmosphere, full of activities, music and live performances.