100% inclusive and accessible tour & “in a dreamland” 4d experience
Just the right size to ensure the tour is both practical and interesting, it concentrates the culture and rituals of wine in a pleasant and amusing way. The latest accessible audiovisual effects, the virtual tasting sessions featuring aromas, odours, flavours and colours, and the didactic panels contribute to ensuring that the inclusive Villa-Lucía museum is a dynamic and attractive experience that prepares visitors for the key element of the tour: the “In a Dreamland” four-dimensional sensory experience; In this short film, a Vinfo (wine elf) invites the public to learn about the heritage, tradition and culture of Rioja Alavesa, as well as a unique way of looking at life. The exclusive technology with which it is made results in a new way of experiencing the richness of the region, introducing children and adults to a world of surprising sensations. It is also worth mentioning that this short film has won more than 18 international awards at festivals in Portugal, Warsaw, New York, Berlin, Vienna, Napa Valley, and ‘The Best of the Fest 3D Shorts’ at the 3D Film Festival in Hollywood.
Wine and food gymkhana
The Wine and Food Gymkhana of Villa-Lucía is a recreational activity that, in addition to entertaining, tries to integrate groups, helps with team building, and enables the participants to learn about wine and gastronomy. An activity with flexible contents that depend on the participants. It is ideal for businesses but is also open to individuals and any type of group. The teams will receive basic training in the world of wine and the local gastronomy; they will then compete against each other to decide which is the winner. Depending on the time available for the gymkhana, other activities can also be added to enhance it. Among others, guided tours to historical and artistic points of interest in the area, representative wineries, bicycle tours in the vineyards, 4WD routes, activities in natural spots, sports activities, photographic rallies, music and wine pairing, barbecues, vineyard experiences…
Villa-Lucía offers a range of options designed to improve visitors’ knowledge on wine and gastronomy: themed cooking classes, wine and food as well as wine and tourism activities, show cooking, gastronomic workshops, tasting sessions and product presentations, as well as other activities that have been programmed or customised for individuals or companies.
The secrets of patxaran
The purpose of this programme is for attendees to discover and participate in the production of the “AUPA” patxaran in Rioja Alavesa. Attendees will be able to follow the explanations of César Sáenz de Samaniego, enjoy the harvest of this ancestral fruit, and participate in the preparation of the exclusive “AUPA” patxaran. They can also take the results of this experience with them to finish the process at home and drink it three or four months later. This activity can also include a barbecue at our Villa-Lucía Gastronomic Space, where visitors will be able to see how the different types of meat are roasted using vine shoots.
The vineyard experience
This activity will allow you to obtain f irst-hand knowledge about vines, the region, climate, the soil, and the tasks that farmers carry out in the vineyards during the experience: pruning, sowing, debudding, tipping, thinning, etc. This activity is provided all year round and is designed for all types of audiences. This activity can be complemented with a visit to the Wine Museum and the “In a Dreamland” 4D experience, and/or with a barbecue in our Villa-Lucía Gastronomic Space, where you will be able to see how the different types of meat are roasted using vine shoots.
Tasting initiation course
The tasting initiation courses delivered at Villa-Lucía, which are open to all visitors, take place in unique venues with excellent teachers. Participants will learn about tasting phases and techniques and experiment with various wines from different wineries. They will also acquire the necessary vocabulary to help them describe the sensations aroused by the various wines and achieve the sensory training for the better enjoyment of them. There is also the possibility of taking customised tasting courses for specific groups any day of the week, based on demand.
Muleteers: the experience of fishing
This day starts at around 10:00 in the morning when the group heads to the fishing lagoons, which are 30 km from Rioja Alavesa. Once there, there is a small course on how to fish trout and use the rods and bait. The activity lasts approximately 1 hour. Then, the group returns to Rioja Alavesa to prepare the fish they have caught. The attendees will clean the fish and then cook it on a grill, together with the other products to complete the dish. The activity is called “El arriero” (Muleteer), since they, the muleteers, were the people who travelled to the coast with the wine and then returned with fish to sell in the region.
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