Visiting wine regions, it soon becomes abundantly clear that fine dining and cutting edge architecture exist at wineries with the same magnetic force that a red rag tempts a bull. There are arguably few places in the world where this is more noticeable than in Spain, and in Rioja in particular. Given that there is such an unparalleled concentration of Michelin starred restaurants in the vicinity, Spain is culinary ground zero for gourmet food lovers. From the first moment that you pair a platter of suckling lamb with the wines of Ribera del Duero, it will strike you just how regional wines are in Spain and how they impart a sense of place. And so it continues in Rioja, where regional food and wine pairings constantly elevate your experience. You may enjoy this consumption while marvelling at the architecture of your hotel, the Marques de Riscal.