Well, one of the top ones anyway.
According to, what is probably a rather unscientific study intended solely to get people like me to write about it, TripAdvisor has just put out a rather simplistic press release about the “Top 10 Wine Destinations”.
In at number 6 you’ll find this (is Inbibation even a word?):
6. Spanish Inbibation: La Rioja, Spain
Spain’s most famous wine destination, Rioja is divided into three regions: Rioja Alta, Rioja Alavesa, and Rioja Baja. Most recognized for its outstanding reds, the region’s wines are particularly distinctive because of the oak aging and delicious vanilla flavors.
It is a bit of a shame that the most they could find to say was that it was divided into three areas and the wines have vanilla flavours. Oh well!
For the record, Rioja is a great destination, but I’d recommend it based on the fabulous wineries (many of which allow visits) both traditional and modern, the amazing wine museum, the succulent food, the great atmosphere in the towns and villages, the mountain scenery and the fact that, for the time being, it is not a place that many others have been – so it has the advantage of being a great story to tell.
Thank you Trip Advisor for encouraging wine tourism, but let’s improve the quality of the information offered!
[Update: If you want to see the rest of the list and check out the release, click here]