Venue of the 2013 EWBC

This year’s venue will be head at the La Rioja Forum located in Logroño, Spain. We trust you will not be disappointed with this year’s event as we’ve placed you in the heart and soul of one of Spain’s thriving wine cultures. With stunning picturesque views of rolling hills, quaint medieval hamlets and the majestic Cantabrian mountains, not to mention hundreds of miles of lush vineyards, you’ll quickly settle in with a content smile on your face. Also known as one of the gastronomic capitals in Spain, we trust your wine pairing experiences will leave a permanent smile on your face.

Suggested Hotels of the 2013 EWBC

We have worked hard to negotiate the very best deal for you during your stay in Rioja. However, each of the following hotels have very limited space, so if you’re keen on one in particular, be sure to book at your earliest convenience. Please note that all rooms include breakfast and free WIFI.

To reserve, EMAIL the hotel directly (addresses below) and request your room using the EWBC discount code or feel free to call.

Hotel HUSA Gran Via **** 

  • Single Room = 70.40 euros (IVA included)
  • Double Room – 77.00 euros (IVA included)
  • To Reserve:  granvia@husa.es

Hotel Los Bracos****

  • Single Room = 70.40 euros (IVA included)
  • Double Room – 77.00 euros (IVA included)
  • To Reserve: direccion.bracos@aa-hoteles.com

AC Hotel Rioja****

  • Single Room = 90 euros + IVA
  • Double Room = 98 euros + IVA
  • To Reserve: aclogrono@ac-hotels.com

Registration

  • Conference Registration: TBA
  • Bring Your Own Bottle Dinner Registration: TBA
  • Sunday Events: Sunday Vineyard Trips and the Business Seminar TBA
  • Pre/Post Events: Trips are held both before and after the conference TBA

How to Get to the 2013 EWBC

There are many ways to get to Logroño, and we do mean many, the only question will be how efficient or adventurous do your travel plans to be.

Logroño-Agoncillo Airport (RJL) domestic flights and is 16km to the center of Logroño
There is a daily flight from Madrid to the small local airport. Not a high traffic route, but a fun experience if you happen to be connecting via Madrid.

Bilbao Airport (BIO), international flights and is 156 km from Logroño

At Bilbao airport, there is a bus linking up the airport with the town center. There are several bus stops: the last one is Termibus (place where bus station, underground and nearby trains converge). Information about bus schedules to/from Bilbao airport/Bilbao town center available on this website

By Bus: the bus company operating the route Bilbao-Logroño is UNIÓN ALAVESA-BURUNDESA. Schedule available on this website

By train: The train company is RENFE. Schedule departing from/to Bilbao are available on this website

Pamplona Airport (PNA), which has many domestic connections and is 85 km from Logroño

Pamplona airport seems to be growing and is not far, plus you can take a look around town at a time you are not likely to get gored by a charging bull.

Zaragoza Airport (ZAZ), recently redeveloped for Expo 2008, which is served by Ryanair amongst others, and is a short drive away from Logroño

Madrid Airport (MAD), international flights and is 336 km from Logroño

By Bus: If you have arrived in Madrid by plane and you travel to Logroño by bus, you can get to Avenida América station (bus station where coaches to Logroño leaves) by subway or by bus: website  Bus companies operating the route Madrid-Logroño are CONTINENTAL/ALSA and PLM. Alsa offers services which departures from terminal T4 of Barajas airport. Schedules are available on these websites: CONTINENTAL / ALSA and PLM

By train: Trains running from Madrid-Chamartin station. Train schedule (RENFE)form Madrid to Logroño available on this website 

There are two options to get to Chamartin station from Barajas:

  • By Metro. Line 8 (pink) will take you form Barajas airport to the stop called ´Nuevos Ministerios´. From there take Line 10 (dark blue, towards Fuencarral) to ´Chamartin´.
  • By taxi. The price will vary depending on traffic. (30/40€).

Once you arrive at the train station, the bus station or the airport in Logroño, you can take a taxi to get to your accommodation. Taxis are parked next to each station. If there were no one, please call this telephone number: +34 941 50 50 50 and order one.

From the bus or train station, you can also take a bus to go to your accommodation. Please, find schedules and routes of the local bus here.

Official Language of the Conference

The official language of the EWBC is English; however, we have several language ambassadors at your disposal if you should need aid.

Business Working Hours

Though business hours are dictated by law they can vary from town to town. Almost all Spanish shops still observe the famous siesta and are open from 9:30 am – 2 pm and then from 5 pm to 8 pm, Monday to Saturday. On Saturdays many small shops and Estancos close for the day at 2 pm. The exceptions to these hours are the major shopping malls, department stores and supermarkets that stay open from 10 am – 9 pm and sometimes 10 pm. Most public services such as health centers, banks, post offices are open Monday to Friday from 9 am – 2 pm, while museums are generally open from 9:00 am – 7:00 pm Tuesday to Saturday, and on Sundays and public holidays from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm.

Currency and Exchange

As in 12 other EU nations, the euro is Spain’s currency. The euro is divided into 100 cents. Coin denominations are one, two, five, 10, 20 and 50 cents, €1 and €2. The notes are €5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200 and €500.

VAT & Service Charges

In Spain, value-added tax (VAT) is known as IVA (ee-ba; impuesto sobre el valor añadido). IVA is charged at 21% (from 1st September 2012) on most goods and services in Spain To ask ‘Is IVA included?’, say ‘¿Está incluido el IVA?’.

Electricity Supply

Electricity supply is 220 volts throughout Spain with 2 pin wall sockets. For any European countries that utilise 240 volts e.g. UK and Ireland most electrical equipment will function adequately. If you intend to use the UK electrical plugs then you will need an electricity plug adapter that will convert the standard 3 pin socket into a two pin socket. In the US where the electricity supply is 110 volts a transformer would be required to step down the voltage to 110 volts. Damage to the electrical appliance can occur if you attempt to use a 110 volt rated electrical appliance with a 220 volt supply.

Communication

To be very honest, Spain is not incredibly well connected as you may have experienced in Turkey. However, you could purchase a MIFI unit from companies like Jazztel to provide you coverage when you’re not in the hotel or conference venue.