WE’RE RIOJATREK

A SERVICE AND TOUR GUIDE COMPANY SPECIALISED IN WINE TOURS

We are a company based in La Rioja that offers services and specialised tour guides in wine tourism.

Our aim is to help you discover the world of wine and enjoy La Rioja to the maximum.

The Riojatrek team

We’re fans of La Rioja!

Marina Grijalba

Marina Grijalba

MANAGER / TOUR GUIDE

I’m daughter and granddaughter of winegrowers; wine and vineyards have flowed through our veins for many generations. I worked for eight years as the public relations officer in Bodegas Muga, in the well-known Railway station quarter of Haro.

I have a degree in translation and interpretation and I speak English and German fluently. I am passionate about the world of wine, which is why I studied the professional training course, Specialised Wine Producer and Other Alcoholic Drinks. Although I don’t work as an oenologist, I enjoy watching and understanding the technique for making a good wine, apart from the importance of the grapevines.

I love going out with my family to discover villages and places that are new to us and we enjoy wandering through the streets and surrounding areas. You don’t need to go very far to appreciate the beauty of things.

Yara Carignato

Yara Carignato

TOUR GUIDE

My parents are Brazilian with Catalan ancestry and I arrived in La Rioja in 2011. That was when I started discovering and learning about this culture, and I suddenly felt the need to share this knowledge with other people. I studied travel and tourism at CETT University, in Barcelona and I worked in hotels and event-planning businesses until wine crossed my path. I hold the WSET® Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits.

I joined Riojatrek in 2013 and I began to teach anyone who was interested in learning about the attractions of La Rioja, with its wines, villages and historical places. Being in contact with people from other places with their different knowledge is a really gratifying experience.

Sport is another of my passions: running through the vineyards with my two dogs, enjoying the scenery of this valley and discovering new territories and wineries are just some of my hobbies.

Diego Martínez

Diego Martínez

TOUR GUIDE

I am from Logroño. I worked for three years during the grape harvest season in a winery called Obalo, in Ábalos, a village in Upper Rioja, and I discovered where everything starts in the exciting world that surrounds wine. I studied architecture in San Sebastián and I speak Italian and English; at the moment, I am combining my work as an architect with my other passion: taking our land closer to anyone who wants to become acquainted with it.

I joined Riojatrek in 2011, taking charge of the visits to the family winery and vineyards that, although they are often ignored, are so important when it comes to learning about wine.

I love art, architecture and history, and being able to have a glass of wine with my friends. There is no better place than La Rioja for combining all these things.


Valvanera Valero

Valvanera Valero

TOUR GUIDE

I was born in Zaragoza but La Rioja is my land of adoption. My qualifications include a licentiate degree in journalism, a diploma in corporate communication and public relations obtained in the UK, a master’s degree in viticulture and oenology approved by the UNESCO and the Advanced Certificate awarded by the Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET).

I worked for over four years with the Eguren family in the Qualified Designation of Origin Rioja and Designation of Origin Toro, managing communication, marketing and caring for the guests in their wineries. Since 2014 I have collaborated with Riojatrek, sharing the people, landscape and villages that enrich the DNA of this land of the thousand wines with the travellers who come to visit us.

Travelling is a reason for living. Travelling for the pleasure of travelling, as stated by Robert L. Stevenson, even if our route only takes us round the corner.

Héctor Palacios

Héctor Palacios

MANAGEMENT

I’m from Logroño and I am in love with La Rioja and its natural resources. It was Marina and her family who introduced me to the world of wine. Marina, her father and grandfather taught me all about the intricacies of viticulture, from treading grapes to pruning the vines. This enthusiasm for knowing all about everything associated to wine was a key aspect of the idea of participation-based tourist activities with which we founded Riojatrek.

I obtained a degree in electronic engineering in the University of La Rioja, and take care of Riojatrek’s projection in the media: corporate image and design, website, social networks, photography, trade fairs and exhibitions… though whenever necessary I happily give a hand in the vineyard or winery.

Tere, Antonio and Javier

Tere, Antonio and Javier

SUPPORT IN FUENMAYOR

Javier and Toño provide Riojatrek in Fuenmayor with the “logistics support”. They are the real craftsmen that ensure our vineyards have a fresh, healthy aspect when our guests come to visit.

In the Riojatrek wine tour workshop, we work on three rows of vines on one of our estates in the area of Valdegún. We leave Javier and Toño with the responsibility of taking care of the rest of the vines, as well as looking after those that grow in the other estates of Llanillo, La Plana, Las Veras, Bustillo…

Grandma Tere adds the final touch to the Wine Tourism Experience: she is in charge of making the homemade chorizo that we eat in the vineyard, the “mostillo” (a sweet dish made from grapes before they invented chocolate spread) and to have the grape juice (mosto) ready for the activities with children.

Best Entrepreneur Award

Prize for the Best Start-up Business in 2008 awarded by the Chair for Entrepreneurial Studies of the University of La Rioja and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of La Rioja.

Top 30

In 2015, Riojatrek was included in the thirty best culinary tourism businesses in Spain, according to TripAdvisor users.

Excellence

TripAdvisor has awarded us their Certificate of Excellence 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017 thanks to his users’ outstanding reviews.