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Hotel Marqués de Riscal, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Elciego

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Hotel Marqués de Riscal, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Elciego

 

This stunning 2Ist century chateau was designed by internationally renowned architect Frank Gehry and is considered an architectural  masterpiece. Located in “The City of Wine,” this 5-star hotel is truly an adventure of a lifetime. Here you can  to savor a one-of-a-kind experience of all the senses at Hotel Marques de Riscal.

One can  enjoy local cuisine and fine wines at 1860 Tradición or Marqués de Riscal Restaurant, both overseen by Michelin-starred Chef Francis Paniego, or soak up the benefits of the grape at the Vinothérapie® SPA Caudalie Marqués de Riscal.

“Apparently this is the only hotel created by Frank Gehry where each of the unique 43 guestrooms and suites promises to enchant guests  with exceptional designer touches and enviable views of the countryside, medieval town of Elciego or the striking architecture.Since its unveiling in 2006 this masterpiece created by Frank Gehry to house the Hotel Marqués de Riscal has become a highly sought after contemporary, luxury retreat. Design, art, gastronomy, wine and the lush landscape all combine to create a memorable sojourn at The City of Wine.

The hotel’s luxurious interior bears the unmistakable stamp of Gehry’s design. Tilted walls, zigzag windows, cathedral-height ceilings and a host of bespoke details create the impression of accommodation as a work of art in its 43 rooms & suites.

Design, art, gastronomy, wine and the lush landscape all combine to create a memorable sojour…

The vision of Frank O. Gehry was to create a 21st century château, an icon for one of the oldest wineries in the Rioja region, Vinos de los Herederos de Marqués de Riscal that connect the historic legacy with the modern art and wine nature.

City of wine-Marqués de Riscal has fused the concepts of tradition and avant-gardism, resulting in the perfect integration between its old facilities and the new building designed by Frank O. Gehry.  City of Wine is the Spanish Chateâu for the 21st Century.

The building is a composition of rectilinear prisms that float above the ground by three super columns that support the building. The building rises nine meters above the ground and crosses the underground wine store of Marqués de Riscal to support itself with the three super columns.

“This allows spectacular views in all levels, to see the vineyards, Elciego, and the mountains of the Sierra de Cantabria as a background. Everything is wrapped in cascades of titanium (Canopies) colored in pink, gold and silver symbolizing the reddish hues of red wine, the mesh of the wine bottle of Marqués de Riscal and the capsule of the bottle.”

 

Hotel Marqués de Riscal, A Luxury Collection Hotel

In the heart of the Rioja Alavesa region in Spain, the Hotel opened its doors the 1st of September 2006 and celebrated its official Grand Opening Event in October 2006, with the special visit of the King of Spain, its Majesty Don Juan Carlos. Designed and built by Frank O. Gehry, one of the world’s most renowned architects and author of works of art like the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao.
The Hotel Marqués de Riscal, A Luxury Collection Hotel merges deep rooted wine-growing tradition with twenty-first century avant-garde design.

Nestled in the renowned Vinos de los Herederos del Marques de Riscal’s vineyard in the medieval village of Elciego, the hotel’s spectacular curves, titanium roof and asymmetry of walls provide an elegant contrast to the historic wine cellars designed in 1858 by the architect Ricardo Bellsola. The hotel’s 43 luxury rooms and suites, each unique and different in their shapes and offered views, are “thrown” in two wings connected by a spectacular suspended footbridge.

 

“Gehry’s personal and exclusive project of interior design characterized by its forms, colors and materials, offers an authentic avant-garde vision. The leather and raw maple wood of the suites the dark marble of the bathrooms, and furniture by Gehry (such as the Cloud lamps) and by other famous architects like Alvar Aalto melt harmoniously with the most advanced technology also it combine perfectly with avant-garde furniture, lamps and headboards, designed exclusively for the Marques de Riscal Hotel and the quality and comfort of The Luxury Collection beds and linens.”

The world of wine and the world of gastronomy meet at The Marques de Riscal Hotel.

With the most exclusive crockery at their finger tips, guests can enjoy the creative and traditional Basque-Riojan cuisine of Francis Paniego, who in 2004 was the first Riojan chef to receive a Michelin star. He received a second Michelin star after that.

The hotel also offers a more informal Vinoteca & Bistró  and a rooftop lounge with breath taking panoramic views.

Its cozy fire-place will be perfect for guests who want to sample the thousands of wines from around the world found in the hotel’s cellars or enjoy the reading of one of the 1000 books of the library, all of them with topics related to the luxury world.

Guests can also experience the entire process of wine production, from the most traditional to the newest and technologically most advanced processes.

 

 

HISTORY-Marqués de Riscal. 19th, 20th and 21st centuries

1858. Creation of the Marqués de Riscal winery, a dream is born.

1862. First Marqués de Riscal wine bottled, in just ve years the rst awards begin to blossom.

1883. First extension of the winery (El Palomar).
1895. Marqués de Riscal is the rst non-French wine to

win the diploma of honour of the Bordeaux Exhibition.

1972. Production of the rst Marqués de Riscal white wines in Rueda.

1986. Barón de Chirel, our rst signature wine is launched.

1999. First vintage of Riscal 1860.
2000. Project 2000, a step towards the future.

2006. Inauguration of the City of Wine.

2008. 150th Anniversary of Marqués de Riscal.

2009. Finca Torrea and Finca Montico launched.

2010. Vinos Herederos de Marqués de Riscal S.A. acquires Q.D.O. Rioja Marqués de Arienzo Rioja.

2011. Marqués de Riscal one of the 10 World ́s Most Admired Wines (Drinks International).

-Transformation of the 1883 wine cellar, one of oldest wine cellars, into a space equipped with the latest technology.

-Marqués de Riscal holds in Beijing (China) an historic auction with 100 vintages.

-The Marqués de Riscal Restaurant receives its rst Michelin Star.

The Vineyard

Q.D.O. Rioja Vineyards Rioja

Thee grapes used in Marqués de Riscal wines grow in 1,500 ha spread across Elciego and neighbouring towns, like Leza, Laguardia or Villabuena. e poor soils, originating from the di erent terraces of the Ebro River are clay- lime rich. e Rioja Alavesa subregion has been traditionally characterised by its production of wines with strong ageing capacity, thanks to musts with a marked acidity and powerful tannic structure.

Vineyards:

500 ha owned land of Tempranillo, Graciano,

Cabernet Sauvignon and Mazuelo varieties.

985 ha of controlled vineyards.

 

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