The Area

The Basque country in the north of Spain has a strong tradition for culture and gastronomy.

Each natural area has a personality of its own, with individual people and customs. Due to the combination of sea and mountain environments the area produces modern top-quality cooking.

Most importantly, the good food is a reflection of the character of the Basque people, a people devoted to tradition and good food –  the centre of any social occasion.


Typically Basque people drink wine. The Rioja region lies to the south of the interior province of Álava, where some of the oldest Rioja bodegas are found. Together with Rioja, the ultimate Basque aperitif which is served in local bars is “txakoli” – a light, acid and aromatic white wine alongside the beautiful “albarino” which are the perfect accompaniment to the famous “pintxos”.