Why we can't wait to visit again: Most people stay in nearby Haro. Not us. Every year Haro hosts a "wine battle" (Batalla de Vino), during which bottles of red in their thousands are chucked and sprayed all over the place - a thoroughly Spanish answer to champagne showers. Yes, it might look like a quaint, by-the-book Spanish town thanks to its protection as a site of cultural heritage, but there's mischief to be had in the rowdy tapas bars which spill out onto Haro's tiled streets. It's a great place to spend the day, but we'll bed down in Briñas, if only to play the contrarian. This village is as dastardly kitsch as they come - signposted by a dusty spire, licked by a gently tumbling river and wrapped in vineyards.
Where we're staying: Hospedería Señorío de Briñas
Before you go: Get into the swing of things with a virtual tasting courtesy of Dalston's Newcomer Wines.