Haro, La Rioja

Haro [' aɾo ] is a municipality in the north of Spain in the region of La Rioja. It has 11,713 inhabitants ( 1 January 2013).


Haro is located at about 479 m above sea level. NN in the northwest of the Spanish autonomous region of La Rioja, near the mouth of the river Tirón in the Ebro. The city is located 19 km southeast of Miranda de Ebro. The nearest big cities are Vitoria- Gasteiz (43 km north) and Logroño (44 km southeast).


Haro is on the toll motorway AP -68, which connects Bilbao with Zaragoza. Situated close to the junction there is a motorway junction, at this the North Highway A-1 crosses, which allows direct connection of the cities of Burgos and Vitoria.

In the city there are two railway stations in the State Railways RENFE in which hold regional rail line Valladolid - Logroño. However, since almost exclusively run on this line express trains, the second station has little meaning. To the west of the town there is a bus station where long-distance bus services connect the town with cities throughout Spain and regional bus lines have their end point, the Haro with Miranda de Ebro, Santo Domingo de la Calzada and the villages on the north side of the river Ebro with Logroño connect.

The city operates two city bus lines, each every half-hour 6-21 clock. Two other lines are operated only sporadically and connect the city center with the industry and vineyards. Because of the many new residential areas in the city, the city bus network will be expanded.

Until the 1960s there was a narrow gauge railway line from Haro to Ezcaray that was dismantled several years later. On this route there is now a cycle path with special tourist importance, since this connects the Ebro valley with the mountain region almost free of intersections and without major climbs. He leads over the viaducts and through the tunnels of the former railway line.

Sights and culture


Haro is the capital of the wine region of Rioja Alta. Therefore, the cityscape heavily on Viticulture and the associated wineries ( bodegas ) is marked. The bodegas are located not only outside the resort, but also directly in the center. Furthermore, the wine of the city produces an appreciable wealth, demonstrating at the buildings of the town, including some mansions from the 16th and 18th centuries.

In Haro, a wine museum (Spanish museo del vino ).


Haro is a town that is traditionally dominated by viticulture. Viticulture won in the city in the 19th century special significance, when French winemakers settled in the city, to tread the wine there on the French model. In the once predominantly agricultural community was the first industrialization of the construction of the railway line through the Ebro valley, where the industrial enterprises were mainly formed near the station. In the station district historic farms are preserved until today and of tourist interest, and this in the strict sense has no more significance than the industrial area. Entrecarreteras and Fuente Ciega are the two commercial areas, where most companies are located today. Of particular importance in addition to the food industry is the textile and shoe production. There are also chemical plants and wood processing.


Many of the bodegas in Haro are known for their excellent red wines. The most important are:

  • Bodegas Bilbainas
  • Bodegas Carlos Serres
  • CVNE ( Compañía VinÃcola del Norte de España )
  • Bodegas Rioja Santiago
  • Federico Paternina
  • Bodegas Martínez Lacuesta
  • Bodegas Muga
  • López Heredia - Vina Tondonia
  • Bodegas Ramón Bilbao
  • La Rioja Alta


Every year there is the so-called "Wine Battle " (Spanish: Batalla del Vino ) on June 29. Early in the morning, the white-clad participants embark on a hill near where they mutually sprinkle with red wine. Afterwards there is a communal meal. The origin of the wine battle is an old dispute with the neighboring Miranda de Ebro due to the possession of some hills that are located exactly between the two places.