Jan 272012
 
Church of Eunate

Photo by: Michael Wangbickler

Take a little bit of medieval Europe, blend in a little Romanesque architecture, add a dash of regional cuisine, sprinkle in some of Spain’s most underrated wines, round it out with a little running of the bulls and some Hemingway, and what do you get? Navarra.

This past fall, we had the privilege of visiting this diverse region in Northern Spain, and we were immediately struck by the vibrancy of the place. It virtually buzzes with excitement. This energy may be because of the rich culture and history of the place, but more likely is due to the independent and entrepreneurial spirit of the people who live there.

We spent a week in the area, using the famous town of Pamplona as our base of operations, touring the stunning country side in search of some of Navarra’s best bodegas and restaurants. We visited renaissance castles, Romanesque churches, roman ruins, and of course, the town of Pamplona itself.

Photo by: Michael Wangbickler

Navarra is a melting pot of many different cultures (Castillian, Navarran, Basque), diverse climates, and independent spirit that is reflected in its cuisine and its wine. And oh, what wine. Navarra is located about halfway between Bordeaux and Rioja, and has been influenced by both. Lucky for us, the wines of Navarra don’t carry the same high price tags of those two regions’ best wines. You can grab some outstanding wines at a great value.

It’s truly a special region, and we can’t wait to go back.

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