Visiting the Wineries of Rioja

Cycling Historic Rioja The wineries and vineyards of Rioja are the main attraction for most visitors, and they are very densely populated in the region, making them ideal to explore by bike. Red wine is the main industry here, with the Tempranillo grape and French oak dominating. But there are also some decent whites which have been growing in the past few years. Rioja red wine has four categories: Joven (the youngest and cheapest), Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva (the longest aged and most expensive).

On the map we have highlighted some of our favourite wineries, which are centred around several different towns. This wine-cycling tour visits some of the most renowned vineyards, utilising quiet routes throughout.

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The Best Spanish Wine Regions for Cycling

Cycling Vineyards in Spain Spain is a fine country for many things; but near to the top of the list have to be cycling and wine. Here we take a look at how you can best combine these two great things to make for a great cycling holiday through wine country!

We highlight Spain's best wine regions for cycling and give an example route through each of them.

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The Foods That Define Spain - Fabada Asturiana

Fabada Asturiana Asturias is a fantastic region for cycling. It is home to both the Picos de Europa and the Somiedo Natural Park, boasting between them climbs such as Lagos de Covadonga, La Farrapona and Fuente De. It is also home to the most challenging road climb in Spain - the Alto del Angliru.

In this post, however, we are focused on the excellent cuisine in the region - the highlight of which is Fabada Asturiana. Find out why it is more than just a bean and sausage stew!

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The Foods That Define Spain - Callos a la Madrilena

Callos a la Madrilena Madrid has many great restaurants serving a variety of international and Spanish cuisine. Many of the Spanish restaurants take their influence from regions other than Madrid. Pintxos from the Basque Country, Andalucian tapas and paella from Valencia are common place in the city along with many fresh fish dishes.

Amongst these more well known meals, however, there are a few dishes served which are traditional to Madrid. Perhaps the most celebrated and traditional of these, is callos a la madrileña.

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The Foods That Define Spain - Paella Valenciana

Paella Valenciana Paella is probably the most famous of all Spanish dishes. The famous rice dish originates from the Valencia region, specifically from the large albufera lagoon, just to the south of the city of Valencia.

Although it is now common to find Paellas containing seafood, meat and all kinds of vegetables, Paella Valenciana is very specific in its ingredients.

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The Foods that Define Spain - Gazpacho

Gazpacho Andalucia is the most visited region in Spain. As well as a fantastic coastline, it contains the historic cities of Seville, Granada and Cordoba. Andalucia is also the home to the highest mountains on the Iberian peninsular, flamenco and tapas. It is, however, a different food that we profile in this article from our Foods that Define Spain series - Gazpacho.

Gazpacho is a quintessentially Andalucian dish, which has now become common throughout Spain (and further afield). Gazpacho is basically a cold tomato soup; however, the quality of the ingredients and the preparation really make the dish stand out.

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The Foods that Define Spain - Pulpo a la Gallega

Pulpo a la Gallega While castles, cathedrals and languages are recognised as having great importance in shaping the social and economic development of regions, food is often overlooked. However, recipes using local produce are often a defining characteristic of an area. Being passed on for generations, they provide a continuity in areas which have undergone much physical and social change.

This series of articles looks at some of the foods that define the different regions of Spain. From the wet, mountains Basque Country, to the dry plains of Castilla La Mancha, each region has a signature dish which showcases the uniqueness of the area.

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The Foods that Define Spain - Basque Pintxos

Basque Pintxos Pintxos are one of the most unusual creations of Spanish cuisine. In theory they are nothing more than a small, open sandwich that can be taken as a snack before a main meal.

In reality, however, pintxos have created their own gastronomic sub-culture and are now continually evolving into more elaborate and creative designs. Thanks to pintxos, a walk around the old of towns of San Sebastian and Bilbao becomes one of the finest culinary experiences in Spain.

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Top Ten Spanish Tapas

Tapas Food is an important part of our cycling tours, and on all of them we regularly enjoy tapas.

Tapas is one of Spain's main culinary exports. However, outside of the country it is rarely done with the style and history that makes it so tasty in Spain.

Throughout Spain there are hundreds of different variations of tapas; the following are top ten that you have to try. The list features some tapas common throughout Spain, and some with a more regional bias...

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