The casona del boticario is a charming hotel, aimed at the adult public and especially dedicated to wine tourism. It is located in the centre of San Vicente de la Sonsierra, one of the main wine regions of La Rioja and one of the most beautiful villages in the region. It is a stately 18th century stone building, with a façade overlooking the main street and views of the area's vineyards and the Sierra de Cantabria from the rear.
The house housed the apothecary of Saint Vincent and was the residence of apothecaries for centuries. The heirs have completely rehabilitated it in 2013, with the purpose of making it an enjoyable place at any time of day. To this end, we have created spacious, bright and comfortable spaces, decorated with original furniture, which allow guests to spend hours conversing, reading or contemplating the landscape, as if they were at a friend's house. In addition, we offer the best advice and activities to know our land and enjoy its gastronomy and culture.
San Vicente de la Sonsierra is 35 kilometres from Logroño, 11 from Haro, 4 from Briones and 5 from Labastida. It is one of the main wine-growing municipalities in La Rioja, with more than 1,700 hectares of vineyards and around twenty wineries, including some of the most prestigious in the appellation of origin.
The hotel is located in the historic centre of the village, a village of winding streets and stone houses with coats of arms, which developed around a medieval castle on the ancient border between Castile and Navarre. The remains of the castle are preserved on top of a hill with spectacular views of the surrounding valley. It is the only town in La Rioja, together with Ábalos and Briñas, located to the north of the river Ebro, in an inlet of the autonomous community in the province of Alava.
Next to the remains of the castle is the Gothic church of Santa María la Mayor, visible from miles away, with a valuable Renaissance altarpiece and a tower of seven unequal sides, designed to withstand the wind. A few metres away, the small hermitage of San Juan de la Cerca, headquarters of the Brotherhood of the Discipliners of the Vera Cruz, whose members flagellate their backs in the procession of "los Picaos", the only one of its kind that endures in Spain.
San Vicente also has a beautiful medieval bridge over the river Ebro and two picturesque villages, Peciña and Rivas de Tereso, at the foot of the Sierra de Toloño. Near Peciña is the Romanesque hermitage of Santa María de la Piscina. In addition, the fields of the municipality are home to archaeological sites, medieval necropolis, huts and cave presses that constitute a rich historical and ethnographic heritage.
The neighbouring towns of Labastida (in Alava) and Briones, which has one of the most important wine museums in the world, are worth a visit. Haro, with its historic centre, its pinchos bars and its winery district less than ten minutes away by car, is one of the three most important municipalities in La Rioja and one of the main winemaking centres in Spain.