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“Exceptional museum and bodega”
Review of Vivanco

Vivanco
Ranked #1 of 7 things to do in Briones
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: VIVANCO IS MUCH MORE THAN EXPERIENCES We seek to transport you to a new universe of sensations where the wine takes centre stage. 9,000 m2 of emotions and activities around culture, art, cuisine, flavour and fun. The meeting point between knowledge and the enjoyment of wine. Today at Vivanco we understand wine as a way of life from an innovative, energy-filled perspective, offering you a unique, exclusive experience around the Culture of Wine. Winery, Foundation and Experiences are a faithful reflection of the commitment of the Vivanco family to "giving back to wine what wine has given us", which we invite you to discover.
Reviewed 23 June 2013

I've been traveling to Spain for 30 years and have been drinking the wines of La Rioja for at least that long... if you have even the remotest interest in wine and wine-making, this museum is really worth a visit. The Vivanco family, four generations now, have carefully gathered some incredible pieces of Spanish (and other) viticultural history. Of particular note is a round room with glass cases (floor to ceiling) full of unusual, antique, humorous and modern bottle openers - simply fantastic!

The museum tour you'll do in the time you wish (it took us about 2.5 hours because there was so much to see, including some amazing videos on the barrels/casks, bottles, corks, and the harvests - how these things were made and done historically as well as now in modern times.). The bodega tour is guided and takes about half-an-hour (and you will have to sign up for a specific time). You will get much more from the bodega tour if you are a Spanish speaker, otherwise, you will accompany the live guide but listen to the tour on a headset in your native language (for my husband, English). The guides are excellent (ours was Eduardo) and very knowledgeable - even though they were scripted to some extent.

Lastly, the drive to and the pueblo of Briones (surrounding the Vivanco museum) are gorgeous, rolling hills full of perfectly tended vineyards, wheat, sorghum, and the occasional poppy fields were a thrill in themselves!

Go. Learn about wines and wine-making. Have a glass, or three.

2  Thank RQP
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Reviewed 21 June 2013

We spent the weekend in Logrono & on a wet early June Sunday with most of the Bodegas closed I found this place through an article in my Olive magazine! It was well worth the trip and easy to find, the drive to it was really great too with lots of lovely scenery. We visited the museum and the Bodega. We arrived about 11am so had a few hours in the museum before our Bodega tour at 1pm, we were provided with earphones to translate and tour us round the museum and then to use on the bodega tour as that was just in spanish - not a problem for us, although would have been nice to be able to ask questions (they do English tours in both the museum and Bodega if you check/book in advanced). We revisited the museum after the Bodega tour (including some wine tasting!) as we hadn't quite finished then had some tapas in the cafe area - which were very yummy!
All in all it was a great day out and fascinating to find out so much about the history of wine, which you would not do if you just visited a regular Bodega.

2  Thank Katiecjunior
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Reviewed 20 June 2013

The museum is very impressive.
A very, very comprehensive journey through the entire winemaking process from ancient times to the present.
It is a huge museum with all sorts of details, artifacts, exhibits and displays.

A favorite part for me was the scent exhibit where you could smell all the ingredients in the winemaking process, from smoke, to leather, oak, roses etc.
The scents were so accurate and strong.

This is well worth the time if you are interested in the winemaking process.

It would also be accessible and fun for those who are not wine aficionados.

Another plus is the staff there: very friendly and helpful. You feel welcome.

1  Thank Tom_hiredweapon
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Reviewed 19 June 2013

On a trip to Rioja we had one wet day so consulted Tripadvisor to see what to do. This was local to us, so off we went. As we got close, the sun came out for a couple of hours, so we waled around the village of Briones - what a lovely place - superb church, lovely buildings and great cafes. Then on to the Museo. As explained by others, this is a huge building with fantastic displays and well worth a visit if you are interested at all in the history of wine.

Thank bruce b
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Reviewed 31 May 2013

Go early and allow plenty of time. Although the building looks small there are 5 floors and there is lots to see. The top floor is a collection of corkscrews froma round the world and time. The museum tells the history of wine in Spain. It has grape presses, corks, jugs, everything relating to wine. It is beautifully done and very education. If you enjoy wine, you need to go here.

Thank MCB28
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