While it may lack the sophistication of Madrid or the buzz of Barcelona, Logroño does hold the distinction of being the capital of Spain’s La Rioja wine region. This city of just more than 150,000, located on the Ebro River, is the perfect homebase to discover the variety of bodegas (wineries) scattered around this part of the Spanish countryside. The best time to play wino tourist (sommelier sojourner? Viti-visitor?) here is the week surrounding Sept. 21, when the city celebrates the start of the annual grape harvest with its San Mateo festival, featuring parades, local music and, of course, a bull fight.
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