The Great Wine Capitals Global Network awarded the prize, in the “Architecture, Parks and Gardens” category, to the winery located in the town of Páganos
On Thursday, September 29 the “Best of” Wine Tourism Awards were bestowed in the town of Villabuena de Álava.
These awards form part an initiative by the Great Wine Capitals Global Network, comprised of 9 cities around the world associated with renowned wine regions, including Bilbao/La Rioja.
The aim of these awards, now marking their 14th edition, is to recognise wine tourism excellence in a range of categories.
This time around one of the winners in the “Architecture, Parks and Gardens” category was Viñedos de Páganos. The awards’ panel highlighted the architecture of this modern winery, carved into rock and boasting two exceptional vineyards: El Puntido and La Nieta, painstakingly cared for, like gardens.
The award was accepted by Miguel and Marcos Eguren. In his remarks Miguel underscored that “this project is the continuation of the work of Guillermo Eguren, an effort that has been underway for 16 years now, and is still on-going. The cellars are dug into natural stone, and were crafted to reflect the philosophy of our great-grandfather, ageing the wine under the most natural conditions possible”.
At the foot of the Sierra de Cantabria lays the medieval village of Laguardia, a privileged enclave particularly appreciated by farmers ever since Neolithic times for its exceptional climatic and geological conditions. Located in the Alava town of Páganos, between dolmens and archaeological sites, age-old chapels and medieval churches, one finds the Viñedos de Páganos winery, belonging to the Eguren family.
Founded in 1998 by Miguel and Marcos Eguren, the aim of this winery, sculpted under the cold rock, in the very heart of the vineyard, is to turn out great wines that convey the characteristics and personality of the vineyard’s climate, soil and varieties.