Neven’s Food Trails: Basque Country & La Rioja  

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Neven Maguire is back with his 9th consecutive series, Neven’s Food Trails. Neven visits the Basque Country and La Rioja, two regions in Northern Spain which are renowned for their cuisine.

Every part of the region has its own food speciality: fish in Bermeo, where Neven sees mackerel being landed and a tuna canning plant, pinchos in San Sebastian (which has more Michelin star restaurants per square kilometer than any other place on earth), wine in Haro, cider in Altzaga and cheese in Segura.

He visits his old mentor, Sr Juan Mari Arzak, tours the Marques de Riscal winery, takes a balloon trip over La Rioja’s countryside, learns how to make pinchos (the Basque equivalent of tapas), watches sheep’s milk cheese being made by hand, cooks lamb being grilled over branches from vines and sees how two of Bilbao’s famous pastries are created. And there’s a boat trip past the Guggenheim Museum, a football match at Athletico Bilbao and the ‘cemetery’ at the Cune bodega (winery) where penicillin grows over the bottles of wine to protect them.

Production Company:
An In-Production Production for RTÉ