You may have heard of Navarra for two non-wine reasons. First, the bordering Pyrenees Mountains is where Game of Thrones is filmed! And secondly, they are famous for the Sanfermines! What is that, you ask? Well, it is the official name for “The Running of the Bulls.” If you don’t know what that is, I think you may have been living under a rock somewhere! I am all for doing adventurous things, but the possibility of getting gored by a bull doesn’t rank up there. Coincidentally, this year’s event happened just this past week! (is it wrong that at about 2:45 in I got upset that a bull fell down and was trampled by another?)
Located in the Pyrenees of north-central Spain, just below France, was once part of the medieval pilgrimage route, the Camino de Santiago. About the size of Connecticut (120 miles north-south and 60 miles east-west), the Navarra region is home to diverse climates, including Mediterranean, Continental, and Atlantic. Topography also varies, including semi-desert lowlands, woodland hills, and extreme mountain peaks.
The Denominación de Origen (D.O.) Navarra comprises approximately half the region. it is estimated to contain about 11,500 hectares under vine and is bordered by the Pyrenees in the north, to the south by the Ebro basin, easterly by Aragon and to the west by the Basque Autonomous Community -Alava and Guipuzcoa.