The winery / Surroundings
Villabuena de Álava is a town in the province of Álava. It has an extension of 8,48 square kms and a population of 317 (2008). It is in the southern region of Álava within the wine region of Rioja Alavesa. The town, placed in a deep valley, extends both sides of the Herrera stream, one of the feeders of the Ebro river. The town scenery is shaped by open sceneries and smooth surfaces.
The township is bordered on the north and west with Samaniego, on the north and east with Leza, on the west with Navaridas and on the south with Elciego and Baños de Ebro. The capital of the region, Laguardia, is situated 8kms northeast. The capital of the province, Vitoria, is situated 42kms away. The city of Logroño, La Rioja Capital is only 24kms away.
Villabuena de Álava is mainly dedicated to the cultivation of the grapevine and the creation of Rioja Wine. To understand the importance of the wine industry, there are currently 43 independent wineries in the town, one for every 7.4 habitants. Most of the wineries belong to small producers that harvest the grapevine and create their own wine. However, some of the wineries have considerable production.
The urban core of Villabuena consists of renaissance and baroque style villas. The main highlights are Casa del Indiano from the XVIII century and the house of the Marquis of Solana. The Hermit of San Torcuato and Santa Maria is also of importance due to the coexistence in it of several architectural styles.