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Elciego and its wineries

The Noble Town of Elciego

The origin of the name Elciego is steeped in legend. And legends, understood in their fair value, form part of history.

A legend connects the origins of Elciego with the movement of an old population with a settlement fixed in the vicinity of the chapel of San Vicente, not far from the Ebro. The place was named San Andrés de la Ribera.

Another legendary constituent is that of the inn built by a blind man in the current settlement of the town. From this, possibly, the town could have taken its name.

The first written testimony on Elciego is found in the year 1067, in the Cartulary of San Millán de la Cogolla. It consists of a document in the form of an act of testament by Aznar Díaz de Zieko, written in Latin of the time with a deeply Christian spirit. Translated, it would be as follows:

“In the name of Christ our Redeemer. I, Aznar Díaz de Zieko, moved by the love of God and propelled by the memory of my sins, prepare to freely donate, by the glory of God, something that He has given me so abundantly. Therefore I grant and hand over, in honour of the confessor of God San Emiliano (San Millán), to you Abbot Blasco and to those that live in the Monastery with you, my own palace that I have in Heaven with all its property”

Recommendations on Elciego

Museo del Vino

To know wine is to love it. This is an innovative and surprising thematic centre designed for enjoying, savouring and spreading the culture of the most universal drink, wine. Equipped with the most recent technological advances it allows you to gaze at some of the most beautiful scenery in Rioja-Alavesa.

Wine and Oil Spa

Designed for you to relax and enjoy the area itself thanks to the combination of Vinoterapia (Wine therapy) and Olivaterapia (Olive therapy), in our facilities you will find a Flotarium, Room of 5 senses, massage and cosmetic surgery booths, Baco bathtub, Musicoterapia (music therapy) room, hydromassage baths, Scottish shower, Vichy shower,..

Caballos – Sierra Cantabria

It is located in Laguardia, where the the view extends to the lands of Álava, Burgos, La Rioja and Navarra. In this centre you will find various breeds of horses: Portuguese, Hispano-arabic, Spanish, draught horses… which they use to carry out various activities: horse rides, by buggy, day trips…

Marqués de Riscal

In a complex composed of the old winery (1858) and a new building constructed by Frank O. Gehry, which houses a hotel, a spa, an exclusive restaurant, as well as a meeting and conference centre. An XXI century castle in which to enjoy the different experiences wine offers.

Wineries in Elciego

Elciego has key wineries protected under the Denomination of Origin ‘Calificada Rioja’: