The Area

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


Each natural area has a unique personality, with individual people and customs. The combination of sea and mountain environments the area produces the highest quality ingredients and modern cuisine.


Good food is a reflection of the character of the Basque people, a people devoted to tradition and high quality produce – 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“.