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“A brilliant winery tour and tasting, I thoroughly recommend it.”

Bodega Conde de los Andes
Ranked #2 of 6 things to do in Ollauri
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: We are in the heart of Rioja Alta, a short distance away from Haro and Briones. Wine is deeply rooted in the history of our small village, as evidenced by its noble houses built in the 17th and 18th centuries. Churrumendi Hill, Ollauri's highest point, offers stunning views of the River Ebro valley, between the Sierra de la Demanda peaks and the limestone walls of Sierra Cantabria and Toloño mountain ranges. Today, with the Murúa family at the helm, Bodegas Ollauri-Conde de los Andes brings back an age-old tradition. It was in 1894 when Federico Paternina built the modern cellar where his ancestors had been making and storing wine since the 15th century. After successive changes in ownership that have marked recent decades, Julián and Javier Murúa have begun a new era.
Reviewed March 7, 2018

In the heart of Rioja Alta lies the village of Ollauri that sits on the edge of a hill that has been tunnelled into since the middle ages. The most major excavations are thought to have occurred in the 16th and 17th centuries creating the present network of caves or ‘Calados’ that stretch for over a kilometre in length and vary between 18 to 40 metres below the surface. The environment in these tunnels is idea for the storage of wine holding a constant 12 degrees throughout the year. In 1894 Federico Paternina built the ‘modern cellar’ to improve the production of the wine that had been made by his ancestors over dozens of generations. Following a number of ownership changes in the 20th century, the property is now owned by the Murúa family of Muriel Wines who have invested in Conde de los Andes to bring it back to its former glory. The old buildings today house museum pieces including some of the old wine presses and a collection of the old wooden vats together with a tasting room and restaurant. A separate location houses the current winery.
The visit is all about what happens underground. We were provided with vests to keep us warm before descending into the tunnels. We were visiting in April so it was not particularly hot but in the height of summer, visitors would certainly notice the temperature difference and would not be dressed for the cool environment underground. Descending into the Calados, you are struck by the size of the excavations and the huge number of dust encrusted bottles stored on racks and cages; it is also fairly humid, another good feature for the preservation of the wines. Apparently there are wines dating back to 1892 although these were not actually pointed out to us! Also noted were a couple of unexpected features and cartons that relate to a former visitor. I am glad we had a guide as I am sure we would have got lost in the maze of tunnels otherwise!!
After the tour came the tasting and needless to say the wines were excellent so as well as a thoroughly interesting tour, you could also carry away a permanent memento of the trip, (well permanent until you open the bottles!)
Our guide was passionate and knowledgeable about the winery and spoke excellent English so I fully recommend this tour to anybody in the area.

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CondelosAndes, Director de Relaciones Públicas at Bodega Conde de los Andes, responded to this reviewResponded March 9, 2018

Dear Hurleys256, thank you very much for your detailed recommendation. We are glad that you enjoyed the heritage treasured by Conde de los Andes.
Best regards and best wines!!

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Reviewed January 8, 2018

Cellar tour and tasting with our lovely host, Christina. We toured their extensive network of caves with some bottles dating back to the late 1800's and tasted a gorgeous 2005 Rioja in one of the main caves. Great experience!

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CondelosAndes, Director de Relaciones Públicas at Bodega Conde de los Andes, responded to this reviewResponded January 12, 2018

danhquinn, thank you very much for your words, for coming to visit us and share a nice afternoon, best regards.

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Reviewed June 20, 2017

The visit to the wine caves was absolutely worth it. We had a great guide (Cristina) who handed us vests to make sure that we we not cold, and gave us a really interesting and personal view of the wine and the area. The wine tasting was one of the best we had in the region, with plenty of wine and good cold meats.

The caves (calados) are massive, and they hold some excellent wine from the old Paternina winery. The history of the place and its atmosphere was very hard to beat during our 3 days in La Rioja.

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CondelosAndes, Director de Relaciones Públicas at Bodega Conde de los Andes, responded to this reviewResponded June 21, 2017

Thank you very much for your opinion jednesog and for the photographs. An incentive to continue our policy of excellence.
Muchas gracias por tu aportación en RRSS, un placer recibiros!! Saludos y hasta pronto ;)

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Reviewed May 27, 2017

We spent a couple of hours with tour guide Christina,who was so amazingly passionate about the history and wine here.The underground "calou's" were something to behold and the wine tasting in the actual caves was an experience not to be forgotten.

They do need better signage on the winery.GPS gets you in the actual vicinity but we did a few loops around before figuring out which building was the winery.

Highly recommend this stop.Very unique.

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CondelosAndes, Director de Relaciones Públicas at Bodega Conde de los Andes, responded to this reviewResponded May 28, 2017

Dear VancouverZengirl, thanks alot for your coming and share a pretty afternoon with us, we are full glad for your mention, best regards.

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Reviewed May 21, 2016 via mobile

As they say, "the heart of Rioja". Amazing underground cellars where to discover wine history and culture. Dug from centuries 15th to 19th, they are almost 1 kilometer long.
Really well conducted visit, guide Cristina is so interesting and nice! And the tasting of old vintages is an unforgettable experience, a journey into the past. Highly recommended

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CondelosAndes, Director de Relaciones Públicas at Bodega Conde de los Andes, responded to this reviewResponded May 26, 2016

Thanks a lot for your comming, was a pleasure receive you. See us on summer ;)
best regards.

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