This four-minute video takes us on a brief tour of the Rioja Alavesa wine region. Instead of voiceover they have intelligently opted for music–Time To Say Goodbye (Con Te Partirè)–with Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman. The tour takes us to the medieval town of El Ciego with its palaces, noble houses and fine eating spots, followed by Briones, another historical town with a smashing view over orchards and vineyards and impressive 16th to 18th-century architecture. Briones also has one of Spain’s most authentic 19th-century pharmacies, the much-visited Botica de Rabal.
Of course there are wineries, ranging from 500-year-old cellars to the rabidly modern Marqués de Riscal bodega and hotel designed by Frank Gehry, and the Isios bodega by Spanish architect, Santiago Calatrava.