A Historic Wine Bar In Valencia: Bodegas Biosca
If you are looking for a charming historic wine bar in Valencia, here is one that has been around since 1932. This wine bar is representative of Valencia’s historic neighborhood of Russafa and is currently run by the owner’s granddaughter.
I have so much respect for establishments that have stood up to the test of time. There are decades on decades of hard work of putting out quality product. Bodegas Biosca in Valencia’s Russafa founded in 1932 is going strong.
Locals frequent this place to grab a bottle of wine at affordable prices to have at home with dinner. Or to start off their night with a glass of wine in the bar.
Peeking through the entrance door it looks like an old wine shop. However at the back there is a very cool bar space. The brick work is original from when this room served as the storage and living space to the owner.
It’s impossible not to fall in love with this stylish and cozy shop-and-bar. And more so if you get to meet Begoña – the owner.
A Wine Bar That Reflects The History Of Valencia…
Bego is the 3rd generation running Bodegas Biosca. She told me about how her grandfather Julián’s entrepreneural skills came through in the late 1920’s. He left his home town and moved to the nearest biggest city – Valencia.
His father then organized for a boring and low paid employment for his son at a courier company. He was hoping it would prompt Julián to come back and help around with the farm.
Little did he know that Julián, instead of giving up his tough living in the capital, would use his job to build relationships with the businesses where he was making deliveries as a courier. Soon enough he rented a space near Ruzafa Market where he set shop and started selling vino.
Bodegas Biosca was born.
Bodegas Biosca in the 1950´s
Due to the business expansion in 1952 the bar owner decided to get giant cement vats installed in the basement for wine storage. They are not used anymore. But luckily, they can still be seen through the glass in the floor.
Needless to say, having grown in the store, Bego is a wine expert. She maintains a close relationship with many vineyards around Valencia and beyond.
Bodegas Biosca supplies booze to many restaurants not only in Russafa, but the whole city.
Along with the wines and other spirits you can order a snack: a plate of ham or cheese.
Curious to find out about typical foods in Valencia? Then read my Guide on Traditional Valencian Tapas.
What to buy at Bodegas Biosca
Try wines from different regions of Spain. You can also purchase great Spanish vermouth, craft beers, top quality gin and tonic.
Some of the staff speak English, so they can provide you with expert advice and help you choose a bottle according to your taste.
I hope you have a chance to visit this historic wine bar in Valencia during your trip. I am proud to support Bodegas Biosca on my tapas & wine tour. It’s an evening food tour that takes small groups to historic bars in the beautiful districts away from tourist crowds in Valencia. A delicious semi-private experience!