Rioja Spain Wine

3,000 Years of Wine History in Spain’s Rioja Alavesa Region

When contemplating why someone would want to visit or invest in a destination, the answer should include the destination’s competitive advantage. For the Basque wine region of Rioja Alavesa, that competitive advantage is history and people. With a history dating back to the Phoenicians 3,000 years ago, and a population that speaks a language that predates all … Continue reading 3,000 Years of Wine History in Spain’s Rioja Alavesa Region

Bilbao Spain

The Successful $150M Gamble: Bilbao’s Brilliant Bet

Once described as ‘Coketown’ after the fictional industrial city illustrated by Charles Dickens in his book ‘Hard Times,’ Bilbao was a grimy, blackened city in the early 1990s. Heavy industry was once the backbone of the region's economy, but after the steel mills and shipyards shut down in the face of relentless competition from East Asia … Continue reading The Successful $150M Gamble: Bilbao’s Brilliant Bet