After a year of being locked down in the same place, there are many places I would rather not see again. But attempting to fix a more positive frame of mind, it is the lure of one of the world’s iconic wine areas that calls out to fulfil my desire to travel.
Rioja, on the southern edge of the Basque country in northern Spain, is the first place I want to go back to. Sitting at the base of the Sierra Cantabria, the region is as beautiful as it is agricultural. Neatly bisected by the Elbro river, its rich soils produce many types of vegetables and grapes to make the world-famous wine.