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La Rioja

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From Bilbao: Vitoria and Rioja Region Tour with Wine Tasting

1. From Bilbao: Vitoria and Rioja Region Tour with Wine Tasting

Explore the capital city of the Basque Country, Vitoria, on a guided tour departing from Bilbao. Then, discover the La Rioja wine region with a visit to the town of Laguardia and a traditional wine cellar. Enjoy tasting regional wines in a charming setting. Start with pickup from your hotel in Bilbao by bus. First, travel to the city of Vitoria where you will take a guided walking tour of its historic center. Learn about its history and modern-day importance as the capital of the Basque Country. Taste a typical sweet of the region at an artisanal sweet shop. Next, travel to the La Rioja region, the heartland of Spain's wine industry. Admire the views of a sea of vineyards set on rolling hills. Stop at the quaint town of Laguardia for a walking tour around the historic quarter. Then, enjoy a guided visit to a traditional winery located in a scenic location. Learn about the production of wine in the region, with tasting included. Afterward, relax on the journey back to Bilbao, with drop-off at your accommodation or hotel.

La Rioja: Winery Tour with Tastings and Traditional Lunch

2. La Rioja: Winery Tour with Tastings and Traditional Lunch

Enjoy a complete winery experience in the famous La Rioja. Be picked up your hotel and drive to La Rioja Alavesa wine area, surrounded by beautiful scenery. Learn how wine is made, explore a beautiful vineyard and take a tour through a bodega. Refine your palette with a wine tasting session, then indulge in a delicious lunch with local produce, desserts and a range of wines carefully selected from the vineyard's cellar. Relax as you are driven  back to your accommodation later in the afternoon, gastronomically satisfied and equipped with your newly found connoisseur's knowledge.

Rioja: Private Wine Tasting Tour

3. 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  tasting wines in one of the most famous local wineries. You can also tour '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.

La Rioja: Group Winery Tour and Tasting

4. La Rioja: Group Winery Tour and Tasting

Experience La Rioja's wines with this small group tour. Travel to a winery in Alfaro to tour a local winery and try two wines paired with some small dishes. Head to a a winery in Alfaro that has been set up in what was once an old hanger. Be welcomed by your sommelier and guide. Learn about the tradition of winemaking in the area. Gain insight into centuries-old traditions. Follow your around this unique space. Stop to save 2 fine red wines which are complimented by a carefully selected snack. Let the flavors like coconut-scented American oak and the plush red tempranillo grape roll over your tongue. Discover well-aged wines with the best values in the world, when compared with comparably aged wine from France or Italy.

From Bilbao: Rioja Architecture and Wine Tour

5. From Bilbao: Rioja Architecture and Wine Tour

Discover both the ancient and modern beauty of Bilbao's surrounding towns on an insightful excursion. Visit the Marques de Riscal and Ysios wineries to gaze at the innovative architecture and taste some Rioja wines. Explore the medieval town of LaGuardia and enjoy a traditional pintxos lunch. Depart from Bilbao to tour the Marques de Riscal winery, designed by one of today's leading architects, Franck Gehry. Admire the breathtaking structure made of titanium, stainless steel, wood, and sandstone. Taste their white wine, their Crianza red wine, and their award-winning Rioja Reserva. Move on to the Ysios cellar and observe a structure with many architectural features, such as the roof, meant to resemble the Sierra Cantabria. Enjoy a brief introduction to the winery and their winemaking process, followed by a guided tasting of two of their exceptional wines with an apéritif. Take a walk through the walled medieval city of LaGuardia, one of the most beautiful towns in the Rioja Alavesa region. Look at the fortified walls and winding cobblestone streets surrounded by vineyards and mountains. Finally, enjoy a Riojano lunch of 3 traditional 'pintxos' with Rioja wine.

From Bilbao: Vitoria and Rioja Day Tour

6. From Bilbao: Vitoria and Rioja Day Tour

The famous Rioja Wine region is a must for wine lovers visiting Spain. Located in the south of the Basque country, you will visit the village of Haro, the unique medieval village of Laguardia. Of course, you will visit a traditional wine cellar for a wine tasting, and a guided walking tour of Vitoria. Follow the highway towards the south, until you arrive at Vitoria, the capital city of the Basque Country, where you will have a panoramic tour through the city. It is considered to be one of the best cities in Spain for quality of life, and is the city in Europe with the most green square meters per inhabitant. You will do a walking tour through the old part of the city where you will see such sights as the old Inn 'el Portalon' from the XV century, the Virgen Blanca square, the Machete square and the Cathedral of Santa Maria among others. After your walking tour, you will head towards the south and arrive finally into the land of Wine, to Rioja.You will stop at Laguardia, a unique medieval village that still keeps the real atmosphere of the old times, with the two churches, the walls, the house shields and the narrow medieval streets among others. You will visit in this village, a traditional underground Rioja wine cellar, carbonic maceration with open pools and do a wine tasting at the end of the visit. Afterwards, there will be free time for lunch and your guide will suggest a selection of recommended local restaurants. Finally you will return directly back to arrive to Bilbao in the evening

From San Sebastian: La Rioja Wineries & Wine Tasting Tour

7. From San Sebastian: La Rioja Wineries & Wine Tasting Tour

You will be picked up at your hotel or preferred location and taken to La Rioja, located around 100 miles (160 kilometers) from San Sebastian. Once there, you will visit 2 wine cellars that have been carefully selected by wine experts and take a walk around the vineyards to see the grape plants.  You will learn about wine processing, from choosing the grapes to producing the final product. You will also taste some wine and try some local products. 

From La Rioja: Tour Olive Groves and Mill with Tasting

8. From La Rioja: Tour Olive Groves and Mill with Tasting

Visit a small, family-owned olive mill in Galilea, a small town in the Ocón Valley with this tour from La Rioja. See the olive groves and mill, before sampling some olives and olive oil. Discover the olive groves surrounding the mill and the different olive harvesting processes. Uncover the secrets transforming fresh olives into world-famous extra virgin olive oil. Head to the farmhouse to taste olive oil and olives. Let you knowledgeable guide reveal how to properly appreciate the olive oil.

From Bilbao: La Rioja Wine Tasting Tour with Hotel Pickup

9. From Bilbao: La Rioja Wine Tasting Tour with Hotel Pickup

Take an all-inclusive tour of 2 wineries in La Rioja, a wine producing region recognized worldwide for the excellence of its wines. After pickup from your hotel, travel the short distance from Bilbao to La Rioja as you admire the beautiful scenery. Enjoy a relaxing walk through the vineyards and learn the wine-making process, from the grape harvest to the aging. Finish your tour of each winery with a tasting session. Savor some of the best Rioja wines, and learn to appreciate the difference between the varieties. To complete your gastronomical experience, the tour includes a visit to the charming medieval village of Laguardia to try 2 types of pincho (a local snack) along with more quality wines.

La Rioja: Winery Visit with Wine Tasting and Lunch

10. La Rioja: Winery Visit with Wine Tasting and Lunch

Spain is widely famous for its wines and their incredibly high quality. It is often considered that the cradle of these wines and the land that provides them is the Do of La Rioja. This tour, along with your knowledgeable local guide, will transport you from your hotel in Logroño to the holy grail of Spanish wines in La Rioja. Throughout the day you'll get to enjoy a visit to a winery (bodega), enjoy a relaxing walk through a vineyard, learn the process of making wine from grape harvest to maturation and, to top the day off, complete it with a wine tasting experience. Under the watchful eye of a wine expert, taste local wines and compliment them with a delicious lunch. Join your guide on this adventure as you taste the flavours of this ancestral land.

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What people are saying about La Rioja

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 58 reviews

Jorge was an excellent guide showing five of us around the vineyard and then inside to see the fermentation tanks and barrels. We then had a pleasant time sampling the two wines produced on site with some tasty chorizo and cheese. 90 mins was just about the right time for us and we ended up making a few purchases at the end. Jorge was very hospitable providing us with all the information we needed as well as local tips regarding restaurants and places for site-seeing. Would certainly recommend.

The tour was very well organized and we really liked our guide. The region is beautiful and the wines are very good. We enjoyed 2 tastings and a very nice lunch. We really enjoyed our day and highly recommend this tour.

Everything was great. Markel, the guide, did great La Guardia fantastic and the visit to the cellar of ten....and we didn't even talk about the food. I recommend it.

Really interesting tour. A knowledgeable guide explaining the process in how to produce olive oil . Thanks

Stefan was a brilliant tour guide. Very informative and good fun!!