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Bodegas Altona

Bodegas Altona is located in Cordovín, a small town nestled within an exceptional area in Rioja Alta, in the heart of the "Route of the Monasteries". This attractive tourist route links the outstanding monasteries of Santo Domingo de la Calzada, Nájera and San Millán de la Cogolla.

Cordovín also belongs to what is called the "Route of Rosé Wine". Here, where this route verges with the Camino de Santiago (Way of St. James), lie the neighbouring villages of Cárdenas, Cordovín, Alesanco, Arenzana de Abajo and Badarán - all famous for their rosé wines. The motto: "Wine, sausage and bread". As you make your way through the magnificent monuments in the area, take a break in one of the numerous genuine taverns. Give yourself the opportunity to sample some of the regional culinary specialities, savoury snack-size portions to wash down with wine, from a local vineyard if possible.

In the Middle Ages, the Mediterranean winemaking culture was intimately linked to monastic life, as the monks were its principal emissaries. The area of La Rioja is no exception. It takes pride in the fact that Gonzalo de Berceo - the first poet to write in the vernacular - made mention of wine in the verses penned during his retreat at the Suso Monastery, in San Millán de la Cogolla.


The surroundings of our winery

Nájera

This is another important landmark on the Way of St. James. The city was the home of the Navarra Kings in the 10th century and became part of the Kingdom of Castile, along with La Rioja, in 1078. The route of the great Rioja monasteries begins here, with Santa María la Real, in Nájera itself.

This monastery, founded in 1032, presides over the cultural and artistic riches of the town, preserving the history of the locality to our time. Its Gothic church, royal pantheon and the magnificent Cloister of the Knights are well worth a thorough visit.

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Santo Domingo de la Calzada

Santo Domingo de la Calzada is the cultural and architectural jewel of the Way of St. James through La Rioja. It was founded by this notable, active hermit to offer aid to the pilgrims.

Numerous miracles attributed to the Saint have occurred through the ages, up to the present day. He built a road, a bridge and a church, and improved the St. James pilgrimage route, which still passes through the city's Main Street. The cathedral is a Gothic-Romanesque temple, decorated in a Renaissance style and crowned with a superb Barroque tower.

Legend has it that one of the most popular miracles in medieval Europe took place here in Santa Domingo.

"The Miracle of the Cock and the Hen".

Tradition tells of a German family, on their way to Santiago de Compostela. When they arrived in Santo Domingo, they stayed in a posada, or inn. The innkeeper's daughter was attracted to the family's son, and let him know it. But the young man spurned the girl's advances, and

humiliated, the jilted girl hid a silver goblet in the young pilgrim's pouch. As soon as the family took to the road to continue their journey, the daughter accused him of stealing the goblet. The youth was hanged, but miraculously, he did not die.

When the judge was told about this, he wouldn't accept it; he said he would believe the pilgrim was alive and innocent only if the roasted chickens he was about to enjoy for dinner crowed.

The birds sprung to life and the hen crowed. This miracle is commemorated in the chicken coop inside the cathedral, where a live white cock and hen are always kept. Even today, the crowing of the cock and the hen are considered a sign of good luck.

The main cake in the town's bakeries is the Ahorcadito, the "Little Hanged One".

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San Millán de la Cogolla

The monastery in San Millán de la Cogolla is the birthplace of the Castilian language. It was in this town that the "Glosas Emilianenses", the first traces of the Castilian language, were penned. The monastic unit of San Millán has been declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO.

San Millán is a continuation of the Monastery of Yuso. This superb structure is also known as the La Rioja "Escorial", because of its resemblance to the splendour of that ancient Madrid Royal Palace. Together with the Monastery of Suso, the complex constitutes an architectural jewel without comparison.

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bodegas altona, S.L.

c/ Sobrevilla, 21

26311 Cordovín (La Rioja)

Tel./fax +34 941 367 369

info@bodegasaltona.es

 

 

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