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Rioja: Private Wine Tasting Tour

1. Rioja: Private Wine Tasting Tour

This tour is designed to guide you into one of the oldest traditional "cave-cellars" in the area, dug 7-8 meters (23-26 feet) deep under the houses. This is a fabulous experience not to be missed! This activity also includes top wines in a boutique winery, after we take you to admire the architecture of one of the most famous local wineries, 'Marques del Riscal' winery cellar/hotel, which was designed by Frank Gehry, the architect who designed the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. You will also walk along the medieval streets of Laguardia, one of the most charming towns in La Rioja area, before discovering local home-made food for lunch in an off the beaten track, non touristy restaurant.

Madrid: Ribera and Rioja Wine Private Trip with Tastings

2. Madrid: Ribera and Rioja Wine Private Trip with Tastings

From Madrid, we will move to our first stop in the province of Burgos. Admiring the Spanish plateau landscapes, you will get a touch of how vineyards are planted. Wine culture in Spanish has a large tradition, not only for own consumption but to trade with it all over the world. We will also know the meaning and importance of being a Denomination of Origin wine. This is due to its excellent quality and exclusive characteristics, in this case, D.O. Rioja and Ribera del Duero. You will visit your first winery and here, they will show us how they carry out their production, their facilities and the importance of their architecture, and their techniques and artistic touches. But this is not all! They will offer us a wine tasting, accompanied by some appetizers. After whetting your appetite, you will have spare time to have lunch and try typical dishes of the zone. From here we will move to our next winery, in the province of La Rioja. During the trip, you can admire the importance of the Mediterranean climate for the creation and production of this precious good. This winery, with more than 150 years of history, will make you deep even more in this field. Here, you will also have the chance to taste new wines and appetizers. After this experience, you will feel completely like a winemaker, having learned about its process, its importance in Spanish culture and its great production that travels to many countries!

From San Sebastian: Rioja Region Uncorked

3. From San Sebastian: Rioja Region Uncorked

"Cursed wine is better than blessed water," goes an old Spanish saying. On this tour, Ikusnahi will take you after the ‘blessed wine’ from the most famous wine region in Spain. We’ll visit four wineries that will show us four radically different ways of making wine: from Tempranillos aged in barrels hidden in humid caves to young and daring wines. Rioja is also one of the northernmost producers in Spain of the country’s liquid gold: olive oil. Of course, you’ll try it. Three countries (in one) Rioja is located on the banks of the legendary river Ebro, the longest river in Spain, 90 minutes from San Sebastián. You have to go by van, but you won’t be bored: we’ll cross three of the most emblematic Spanish landscapes: the green and mountainous forests of Euskadi, the flat dry fields (yellow or green, depending on the time of year) typical of Castile, and the large expanses of vineyards on the gentle hills of Rioja. Three countries for the price of one. Winectionary Malolactic fermentation? Protected Designation of Origin? Young, Reserve or Great Reserve? Vintage? Pituitary? Do any of these words sound familiar to you? Probably not. When the tour ends, if the vapors of the wine allow, you’ll know the meanings of all of them. Rioja is such a rich wine region that it includes many types of wineries: there are classic ones with legendary vintages (we’ll visit them, we’ll taste them); there are small, family-run bodegas who take risks with young and daring wines (we’ll visit and taste them, too); and there are centuries-old wineries, devoted to a traditional wine: is it necessary to say that we will also visit and taste them? The Place Haro is the wine capital of northern Spain. This is where the French went in desperation in the 19th century, when phylloxera devastated their vineyards and the country was left without grapes. It was then that they began to take a chance on developing a quality wine industry in the region. One hundred-plus years later, they’ve succeeded. And wow, have they succeeded. Medieval titanium Rioja is not only wine, wine and wine, but also a territory extraordinarily rich in historical heritage. We’ll see medieval towns such as Laguardia, with baroque churches (full of gold, virgins and cherubs, inherited from the Spanish Counter-Reformation) alongside the latest “cathedrals “ of wine, such as the Marqués de Riscal wineries by Frank O. Gehry (which uses the same titanium as the Guggenheim Bilbao museum), and the Bodegas Ysios by Santiago Calatrava.

From San Sebastián: La Rioja Wine Region Day Tour

4. From San Sebastián: La Rioja Wine Region Day Tour

Discover the immense beauty and delicious tastes of the La Rioja wine area on this guided day tour. Experience local wineries and exquisite wines, visit medieval towns, have a 3-course Riojan meal, and more. The tour starts at the Barrio de la Estación de Haro, known for its many wineries, close to the railroad tracks in order to transport wine barrels more easily. Visit a wonderful 100-year old winery and taste a selection of its best wines, from the classic to the new and daring. Wine is not the only magical liquid produced in these lands, La Rioja is also a producer of olive oil – here you’ll enjoy a delicious tasting of this liquid gold. It’s then time to visit a charming medieval village for a bit of Spanish authenticity: streets suspended in the past, an imposing Gothic church, and old sandstone buildings. In La Rioja, lunchtime, and gastronomy in general, is a sacred thing. Visit a restaurant that specializes in traditional Riojan cuisine. Partake of a delicious menu and enjoy more excellent local wine. Next, visit a small family winery to learn its working method, which adds great value to Spanish wine culture. Enjoy a tasting and see why this winery is considered one of the most prestigious producers in the country.  Finally, be driven back to your accommodation satisfied with a truly Spanish experience.

From San Sebastian: Rioja Private Day Trip with Wine Tasting

5. From San Sebastian: Rioja Private Day Trip with Wine Tasting

¿Are you ready to enjoy an incredible day visiting unique and singular wineries while traveling throughout the Most Beautiful Wine Valleys we have in our territory? YOU´LL remember it for good! Everything is suitable. We can visit a high-tech winery, traditional or 600 years old cellars. If you just want to drink different wines along the day? Send me a message to create your experience. The winery we will visit has centenary cellars, tunnels of more than 400 years old, used in the past as a form of defense against a possible invasion. Today they are put to other uses and let me take you there and show them to you. It is fascinating. We will also visit some more modern wineries where they all have something in common: excellent quality wine and meeting people who are passionate about what they do. You will personally meet that person who is crazy about their wines and you will feel that spark and love for wine passed down through the generations. We also will walk in the vineyards, with a glass of wine, understand the terroir with 5 sense experience. Apart from the good wine we will immerse ourselves in The Wine Valley, which means that during the whole day we will enjoy idyllic places with incredible views, full of colours, traveling mists, rocky mountains and charming villages. Usually.... we visit and support only the best quality wineries, non the biggest industrial wineries. Let us know if you have some preferences but also we can suggest unknown amazing wineries where they make very limited edition wines for you to have the most special experience possible.

From San Sebastian: Rioja, of vines & wines

6. From San Sebastian: Rioja, of vines & wines

Rioja is undoubtedly one of the wine regions par excellence in Spain. Not only because of the high quality of its fine wines, but also because of its rich cultural heritage linked to this drink. The Rioja landscape is dotted with archaic winepresses, monasteries and towns that, with their silence, tell a beautiful story of man's commitment to the vineyard. All framed by the Sierra Cantabria and the Sierra de la Demanda. The Ebro river meanders between them as hundreds of hills undulate. Families of vine growers, old vineyards, prestigious wineries and a gastronomy that speaks of products await in Rioja

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4.9 / 5

based on 33 reviews

Daniel our guide was very nice, the day was beautiful and the wine fabulous