This week we caught up with the winemaker for Muga, Jorge Muga. Jorge shares with us his go to places in the beautiful Spanish town of Haro in Rioja Alta…
I love eating informal food so for me ‘tapas’ is great. In Haro we have the ‘Herradura’, Spanish for ‘horse shoe’ – around 50 bars lined along a street the shape of a horse shoe. Visit four or five bars, eat something light in each with a glass of wine, talk to the locals, friends, etc. and then you move onto the next place and start again! A few of my favourites. Beethoven – wild local mushrooms, patanegra ham, delgadillas (blood pudding sausage with tomato), snails, meat filled peppers, and good sea food. Jarrero. Zapatilla – (bread, tomato and iberico ham).
Drink wine at any of the tapas bars on La Herradura. For coffee go to Suizo or Sol.
Los Agustinos. An historical building with great atmosphere and in a good location.
Around the Hotel Los Agustinos there are several good shops on Plaza de la Paz, Vega Steet and Ventilla Steet. Shoes are the third most important industry in Rioja. Calzados Prieto founded in the late XIX on Vega Street is my mother’s shop! It’s an historical building with art-noveau architecture.
There’s lots to see in Haro. Walk to the parks of Vista Alegre, Fuente del Moro and El viano by the river. Notable places to visit include Santo Tomas Church, Plaza de la Cruz and Barrio de las Bodegas. And of course many wineries: Lopez de Heredia, Bilbainas, Muga and CVNE.
Thanks Jorge! Discover more of our producers towns and cities in our spring series of ‘My Secret City’.