In Laguardia, Spain, you will find a magnificent architectural gem. This is Ysios, a winery, or as the Spanish call it, a bodega. Laguardia is situated in Northern Spain in the heart of the Rioja region. La Rioja is Spain’s wine region where you will see beautiful countryside, green rolling hills and majestic mountains.
The small town of Laguardia is on a hill. This old medieval village is walled off, with four entrances remaining from the 13th century. Bodega Ysios sits at the bottom of that hill. We visited Laguardia, and not surprisingly, struggled to find many English speakers there. The town was full of tourists, local Spanish tourists, and had a lot of character and historic charm.
After exploring the walled village of Laguardia, we ventured down the hill to Ysios. Naturally, we took a good twenty-some pictures. As we walked toward Ysios it seemed to get significantly larger and we began to feel significantly smaller.
We were fortunate to participate in a semi-private, by appointment only wine tour and tasting. Kyle and I were joined by two travelers from London with a great sense of humor. We chatted for about thirty minutes while drinking our wine and getting to know each other before parting our separate ways.
The tasting room offered an amazing view of Laguardia and the wine was very, very good. We purchased two bottles to take home with us including the Ysios 2007 Reserve pictured below.