Celebrating Madrid’s local wines

Semana de Vino de Madrid

Semana del Vino de Madrid

Many people know about la Rioja, Spain’s famous wine region, but did you also know that there are many great wines grown in the community of Madrid? During the next few days, the Semana Del Vino de Madrid (Madrid Wine Week) is helping locals and tourists alike re-discover the wines grown in Madrid’s own back yard. Now through November 24th, this event will feature lectures on organic wines, wine tourism and other activities and will take place at the Centro Cultural Conde Duque.

The event will feature 14 wineries as well as 34 featured caterers all that come from local venues. Part of what makes this event special is that it takes place in the Conde Duque neighborhood, known as the more sophisticated area of the larger district of Malasaña. Attending an event like this will allow you to see Madrid at its best, in a friendly and fun atmosphere.

When: Now through November 24th, check the website for specific hours

Where: Centro Cultural Conde Duque located at Conde Duque 11

Metro: Ventura Rodriguez, Plaza de España, San Bernardo or Noviciado

Entrance to this event is free

For more information, check the website



Open Studio 2013 in Madrid


Ever wonder how artists put together their masterpieces? Now through May 26th, you can visit one of various Open Studio sessions that provide a unique opportunity for the public to get a behind-the-scenes look at how modern art is created. The city of Madrid and various organizations have partnered to help organize open-house style meetings between attendees and artists in their own studios.

Photo via Openstudio.es

Photo via Openstudio.es

In addition to being able to walk into the studios to check out the work and meet local artists, you can also attend various screenings and chats. Some of the largest and most well-known museums of Madrid (the Reina Sofia, the Thyssen-Bornemisza, the Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo, and Museo ABC) are also participating by offering free guided tours to their storage spaces and restoration workshops. To attend either the studio sessions or the tours, you must first register online.

Kids 12 and older are welcome to take part in the tours of the artists studios as long as they are accompanied by an adult. If you’ve got younger kids and want them to take part, the Open Studio series also hosts several kid-friendly workshops

When: From now until Sunday, May 26th

Where: In studios and museums around Madrid

More information: Open Studio Madrid