La Rioja, located in northern Spain is a wine-making province which is bordered by the Basque country, Navarre, Aragón, and finally, Castilla y Léon. It is named after the river Oja, which flows through the region with the river Ebro. Formerly known as Logroño, due to the fortified site around which it was developed, it is the second smallest autonomous community in Spain and has the smallest population. Although the region has changed its name, the capital is still known as Logroño. The Mediterranean climate provides hot, dry summers and cool, wet winters. Like its wine, the gastronomy of La Rioja makes it a notable Spanish region. Riojan cuisine is characterised by the astonishing abundance of local produce. The higher areas produce primarily pork products such as chorizo, black pudding and cured Serrano ham and dishes such as chuletillas al sarmiento (lamb chops on vine cuttings) and freshwater Riojan trout can be tasted in the region’s traditional restaurants.
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The whole trip was well organised, well executed and great fun. Our tour guide was absolutely superb with a fantastic knowledge of the wine and the La Rioja region, and an obvious passion for the subject matter. On top of that, she was excellent company. In short, I think that the trip was, simply, faultless.