Briones stands out as a monumental and tourist locality, with an ancient history that includes Berons, Moors and Romans.
It is located on the right bank of the river Ebro, to which we owe much of the prosperity we enjoy.
It is remarkable the Old City, that used to be walled, located on a hill, from where we can see Mount Toloño, Cantabria Mountains and other towns such as San Vicente de la Sonsierra, Laguardia, Haro or Labastida.
The church of Nuestra Señora de la Asunción, built in the XVIth century, is an example of Gothic and Renaissance architecture. Its slender tower built in 1756 stands out, and is certainly a wonder of the Baroque period in La Rioja and one of the most beautiful towers in the region, along with the free-standing tower in Santo Domingo de la Calzada and the twin towers of the Cathedral in Logroño. The main altarpiece was created by Juan Bazcardo, and is considered as one of the best in classicist style. This church also has one of the most outstanding organs in Europe, which is perfectly preserved and is used every Sunday of the year.
The chapel of Christ or of Saint John was built in the XVIIIth century. It has an octogonal plan and a great dome to close its roof. It hosts a little ecclesiastical ornaments museum inside.
Briones has an important historic past. In January 18th, 1256, was given privilege (fuero de Vitoria) by Alfonso X el Sabio. In March 31st, 1379, Enrique II de Trastámara, king of Castile, and Carlos II de Navarra signed a peace treaty, caled “The Peoce of Briones”.
This historical event is recreated during the Medieval Days, which take place every third weekend in June and were declared of national turist interest in September 2012.
Next to Briones, the Vivanco family has built one of their many wineries and the best museum in the world dedicated to wine. It was opened by H M King Juan Carlos I in June 2004.
But there are other wineries also more modest, that make excellent wines, such as Miguel Merino, Bodegas Hermanos Castillo (Zurbal), Finca Allende (Calvario), Betolaza, Bodega Daniel Puras (Cantiga), Castillo-Alonso (Orizábal) or Bodega El Cantillo, among others.