La casona del boticario is a charming hotel especially dedicated to wine tourism. It is located in the centre of San Vicente de la Sonsierra, one of the main wine-growing enclaves of La Rioja and one of the most beautiful villages in the region. It is a stately 18th century stone building, with a façade to the main street and views of the vineyards of the area and the Sierra de Cantabria from the back.
The house was home to the Botica de San Vicente and residence of the chemists for centuries. The heirs we have fully rehabilitated in 2013, with the purpose of making it a enjoyable place at any time of the day. To this end, we have created spacious, luminous and comfortable spaces, decorated with original furniture, that allow guests to spend hours conversing, reading or contemplating the landscape, as if they were at a friend's house. We also offer you the best tips and activities to get to know our land and enjoy its gastronomy and culture.
San Vicente de la Sonsierra is located 35 kilometers from Logroño, 11 de Haro, 4 from Briones and 5 from Labastida. It is one of the main wine-growing municipalities of La Rioja, with more than 1,700 hectares of vineyards and a score of wineries, among which some of the most prestigious of the denomination of origin are listed.
The hotel is located in the historical center of the village, a winding streets villa and stone houses with shields, which was developed around a medieval castle on the old 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 locality in La Rioja, along with Ábalos and Briñas, located to the north of the River Ebro, in an inbound of the autonomous community in the province of Álava.
Next to the remains of the castle is the Gothic church of Santa María la Mayor, visible miles away, with a valuable Renaissance altarpiece and a tower of seven unequal sides, designed to withstand the wind. A few meters, the small hermitage of San Juan de la Cerca, headquarters of the Brotherhood of the disciplinary of the Vera Cruz, whose members are flagellated back in the procession of "Los Picasos", unique of this nature that lasts in Spain.
San Vicente also has a beautiful bridge of medieval Origin on the river Ebro and with two picturesque villages, Peciña and Rivas de Tereo, at the foot of the Sierra de Toloño. Near Peciña is the Romanesque hermitage of Santa Maria de la Piscina. In addition, the fields of the municipality contain archaeological sites, medieval necropolis, Chozos and rockeries that constitute a rich historical and ethnographic heritage.
It is worth visiting the neighboring towns of Labastida (in Álava) and of Briones, which has one of the most important wine museums in the world. Haro, with its historic quarter, Pinchos bars and bodegas district less than ten minutes by car, is one of the three most important municipalities in La Rioja and one of the main winemakers centres in Spain.