Darien Winery in Rioja Baja

“Best of Wine Tourism 2009 ” Award in architecture.

I had the opportunity to visit this beautifully modern Bodega/winery right outside of Logroño.  Darien Winery is a medium-sized winery with three- to four-year-old vines surrounding the premises, but most of  its harvest is done in the Rioja Baja region.  There is also a restaurant with stunning views and a ceramic art collection, holding one of the most important European traditional ceramics collections, with art items dating from the 12th to the 20th centuries.

We tried the Darien Selection 2003 red wine, which is composed of the grape varieties: 68% Tempranillo and 32% Mazuelo (Carinena).  It is aged in new French oak barrels, giving it a nicely balanced, slightly porty red wine.  Robert Parker, a well-known wine critic, gave this wine 90 points out of 100.  Priced at about 16 Euros, this is a bargain for a wine that ranks up there with some of the best French wines in the market.

Beginning of video courtesy of Bodegas Darien