Rioja Wine Tour
Nestled deep in a valley of the Sierra Cantabrian mountain range, bathed by the warm Mediterranean breezes, La Rioja, Spain produces some of the richest red wines to ever tempt a palate. The region, bordered by Basque country, produces an array of fruits, vegetables, cheeses, and meat which mingle to create a mouth-watering buffet of flavors.
To know this region of Spain is to witness yesterday and today come together. Architecture and art, wine making, artisan cheese, and family farms ripe with traditional agriculture offer a landscape for the senses. You may expect to see a shepherd guiding his flock along the pastoral hillsides overlooking the rivers and streams that feed the valley of La Rioja.
Modern roadways replace cattle trails and shepherds paths, providing access to the unique and diverse towns of La Rioja. Spend time with the locals and you’ll feel at home in this regional bridge between Basque and Castellan cultures. Enjoy the food, wine and fellowship of the Riojan people and you’ll soon be planning your return.
Day 1 - Idiazabal, San Sebastian, Getaria
Our group will assemble in the lobby for an 8:00 pick up. We’ll make our way toward the Basque country until we reach our destination of an Idiazabal cheese farm. Sheep graze along the hillside, complementing this idyllic setting. The farmhouse is over 500 years old, and the farming method has been passed down through the generations. Sampling this magnificent cheese is a much-coveted opportunity. This artisanal, aged sheep’s-milk delight is made only in Basque country.
We’ll continue our way along the ruggedly breathtaking, windswept coastline, passing secluded beaches and quaint, picturesque fishing villages until we arrive in San Sebastian. This seaside town is rich in history and lore and our local tour guide will no doubt keep us entertained as we stroll the streets of San Sebastian, tapas hopping in the historic quarter. As one of the world’s top culinary destinations, you’ll enjoy sampling the tapas and delight in the flavors of this seaside jewel. Seafood doesn’t get much more fresh than that on which we will dine in the fishing village of Getaria, famous for it’s restaurants serving the grilled catch of the day.
In the late afternoon we will make our way to Rioja. Enjoy the scenic drive through the beautiful craggy landscape, marveling as the lush green foothills ascend to the majestic mountains, as we make our way toward our wine tour in Rioja. Known as one of the most prolific and celebrated wine regions in the world, Rioja is home to several wonderful wineries.
After you check into your magnificent castle-like hotel, located in a 13th century walled, medieval village, be sure to visit the magical underground cellar where you can sip a lovely glass of wine and sample some tasty tapas.
Enjoy your evening in the wine country.
Day 2 - Rioja Wine Country
We''l start the Rioja Spain wine tour itinerary gathering at 10:00 in the lobby to meet our tour guide. most prolific and celebrated wine regions in the world, Rioja is home to several wonderful wineries. Our tour begins in the historic barrio del La Estacion where we will be tasting wines from one of the most renown wineries in the Rioja region. The bodega is known for it’s exquisite wines as well as the handcrafted barrels created on site.
From La Estacion (the Railway Station in Haro) we’ll stroll to a boutique winery where we’ll delight in a private tour. Lunch is sure to be a memorable experience when we savor sumptuous food as a tasting lunch, with 4 different wines, in a one-of-a-kind winery. This modern marvel, designed to resemble an empty glass box, sits underground and is split into several levels.
Later that afternoon, after you check into your magnificent castle-like hotel located in a 13th century walled, medieval village. Once you’re settled, and refreshed, be sure to visit the magical underground cellar where you can sip a lovely glass of wine and sample some tasty tapas.
Day 3 - Rioja Wine Country
After you enjoy breakfast, we’ll begin our day at 9:30 am when we gather to meet our tour guide in the lobby.
Rioja is lush with bodegas and small boutique wineries. Our first visit will be to a family run boutique winery, which has been passed down through the years. After our private wine tasting, we’ll embark on a walking tour of the charming old-world town of Laguardia. Below this beautiful town lie caves and cellars from ancient times. Inside these underground grottos we’ll find some of the oldest wineries in operation. We’ll learn how the first wines of Rioja were made and taste 4 distinct wines , each made with a single variety of red grape indigenous to Rioja.
It’s off to a spectacular lunch in a local restaurant. After lunch you will visit a winery that was built like a French chateau, surrounded by vineyards. The visit will be followed by a wine tasting.
Your tour guide will drop you of at your hotel for an evening at leisure.
The Tour includes:
- 3 night accommodations
- 3 full days tours
- Winery visits
- Wine tasting
- Transportation according to the itinerary
- Local tour guides (English speaking)
- Travel insurance
- Personal expense
- There is a train from Logrono to Madrid only once a day early morning.
- Anything not mentioned in the itinerary
Price per person:
Based on 2 people: $1400.00.
We can accommodate small private groups year round. Contact us!
This is a sample itinerary. Final schedule will be determined based on the appointments with the wineries.
May 27 - May 30 - 4 spots left
Terms and Conditions For This Tour:
A deposit of $500.00 per person is required at time of booking to guarantee the space on the tour.
Balance of the full amount is due 90 days prior the first day of the tour.
Your deposit is refundable within the first 30 days of your deposit, so long as you have booked more than 180 days before the start date of the tour. If you book within 180 days of the start date of the tour, your deposit is immediately non-refundable. 90 days or less before the start date of the tour, the tour is no longer refundable unless we are able to re book another participant for the date/tour you are booked on.
Food N wine vacations, Inc reserve the right to re-calculate prices due to a currency fluctuations.