Our culture and identity


The wine culture in Cihuri has been established from long time ago:

Our village is part of the Haro region, a unique area ideal for vine growing and for producing one of the best wines in the world. This area is sheltered from the cold northern winds by the Obarenes Mountains, and, at the same time, it is under the Mediterranean climatic influence received through the Ebro Valley. These weather conditions create a micro-climate ideal for grape growing, which together with the limestone soil and the traditional way of cultivating vines and elaborating wine, deliver the best and most wanted wines around the world.

All the above reveals the great and diverse scenic beauty of Cihuri, which is complemented by the Barrio de Bodegas that we will see on the right bank of the Tirón river.

Traditionally, entire neighbourhoods were created in many of the villages, generally in the outer areas, with wineries where vine growers made their own wine. This is patrimony of the popular architecture that is trying to be recovered and valued. Most of these places are not used for production anymore but have been converted into social areas for families and friends to enjoy with a good glass of wine and a tasty lunch.

In Cihuri, the “Barrio” consist of one street with two-story wine cellars above ground level and another street with its underground cellars, where we can also enjoy local cuisine based on regional produce in two small traditional restaurants.

The winemakers of Cihuri, with almost 500 hectares of vineyards, apart from cultivating their vines, they aimed for completing the production cycle, making wine from their own grape harvests. To achieve this, during the first half of the 19th century, they built their own underground cellars in the surroundings of the right bank of the Tirón river, creating what has come to be called the “Barrio de las Bodegas”. At present, after the grouping of wine production in cooperatives, this area is mainly used for leisure.

Another element of the popular architecture associated with the winery neighbourhoods are the “tuferas” or long cellar’s chimneys, located in the back alley and elevated above ground level. These chimneys allowed to eliminate the carbon dioxide produced in the initial fermentation of the grape juice to help with its transformation into wine and, on the other hand, they were useful to keep the temperature and humidity constant, thanks to the air currents produced by the differences in height and temperature.


You can complete the walk following the path on the right bank of Tirón river when it joins with Oja river, which gives its name to the region. Curiously, both rivers are born in the same Sierra de la Demanda, but their course passes through different areas, until they join at this location of natural beauty. This is the green heart of Cihuri, a place to rest and enjoy the fluvial vegetation.

​ Historical references to plentiful springs of water and rivers were already present in documents such as the Madoz dictionary (1850):

“There are 4 fountains of drinking water in this jurisdiction: one at the foot of the Priory with perennial and hard water, another one near the Tirón river and next to the mill, also perennial but much more delicate and supplying water to most of the neighbourhood and the other two are scattered around the area, with one of them in the place called Las Paulejas, on the road that leads to Casalarreina, about half a quarter of a league. These last two fountains irrigate 100 fanegas (1.58 bushels) of land. The Tirón river crosses through this district, from west to east, and it joins the Glera river in its vicinity to Anguciana (in its district, but closer to Cihuri) that goes to merge with the Ebro River in the Haro jurisdiction”.

​ Another walk that we can recommend is an extension of the Via Verde that joins Ezcaray to Casalarreina on the old railway route, covering 26 km. The Oja-Tirón Ruta Verde begins from this municipality, a 12 km itinerary added to the Ruta Verde, which passes through Cihuri, Anguciana and Haro.

​ In this route, you will be able to admire forests that populate the banks of the Oja and Tirón rivers with leafy alders and willows.

​ If you like hiking, cycling and nature, don’t miss out and come to visit the Vía Verde.


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CIHURI TURISMO / Ayuntamiento de Cihuri. C/. Real , 34. Cihuri, La Rioja, Spain / Phone: 941 32 01 01