Rioja Wine Tasting Tour
With a wealth of quality ingredients, and a history of traditional dishes, it’s not difficult to come to Rioja with high expectations. Drive through the valley covered in blossoming cherry trees and vines, and it doesn’t take long to fall in love. But to truly understand the heart and soul of Rioja, you must be willing to open your mind, and your palate, to a vast array of new flavors. Rioja is known as a cornerstone for outstanding produce which provides the foundation to its simple yet quality driven gastronomy. From grapes that craft internationally recognized wines to lettuces, peppers, onions, artichokes, garlic, tomatoes, asparagus, beans, peas and peppers. And let’s not forget its notable goat and lamb products whose aromas can be savored when tossed over grapevines on open pits, this is not an area to miss! Located in northern Spain, it’s beauty and richness is a once in a lifetime experience to behold!
- Private wine tour in Rioja with expert food, wine and cultural guide.
- Visit and tour of the most charming towns of Spain.
- High quality wine tastings at 4 excellent wineries.
- Visit to the largest wine museum in the world.
- Eat with the locals at gourmet traditional restaurants.
- Relaxing stay in 2 luxurious boutique hotels.
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Wine and Dine in Rioja
Starting in Barcelona, your private chauffeur will pick you up in your hotel and take you on a fantastic journey through old vines and undulating tree-lined landscape to the ethereal image of the multi-domed Basílica del Pilar reflected in the Río Ebro – a potent symbol of Zaragoza. Here you’ll not only tour the old quarter, but you’ll explore Zaragoza’s tapas scene, which include: free-range, vegetable fed beef and pork; cured and smoked meats; chorizo (spicy sausage); morcilla (blood sausage) and jamón (cured ham) from Teruel. Come evening, you’ll don your walking shoes and enjoy a yet another, guided walking food tour of one of the best tapas restaurants in the world, Calle Laurel!
Exploring Rioja Wines
After waking up in your boutique hotel in the quaint little village of Ábalos, you'll head to Labastida, an impressive fortress town, and Briñas, noted for its many mansions formerly inhabited by Haro’s wine nobility. After touring these quaint and picturesque villages, we’ll head to Haro to an iconic and quality driven winery with its cobweb laced walls and mold covered cellars. Following your unforgettable visit, we’ll head out for a rustic lunch in a charming little countryside restaurant. After lunch, we'll head to a tiny town for a boutique wine experience. We'll then return to your accommodation in the early evening in time for dinner on your own.
From Modern to Majestic
Today, you will visit the largest museum in the world dedicated to every facet of wine you could possibly imagine. From century old art pieces to modern day technology, this museum is like nothing you’ve ever experienced in your life. Following our visit, we will head to a great little lunch venue featuring outstanding regional dishes, followed by a visit to the Romanesque, 13th-century Castillo de Davalillo where the views are breathtaking. We’ll then stop at a beautiful sandstone winery surrounded by 70 hectares of estate vineyards in French chateau style who’s underground cellars date from 1816. Following the visit, you continue on and reach a quaint farmhouse bed and breakfast where you can relax and feel in touch with the countryside.
A Palate Full of Memories
This morning, savor a relaxing breakfast of warm freshly baked breads, meats, cheeses and homemade marmalade. Afterwards, your guide will whisk you away towards Barcelona with a stop in Pamplona, famous for the emblematic running of the bulls. We will have a tour of the city and then get back on the road and keep inching our way back to Barcelona. Of course we can´t end without stopping at one last winery for a catered lunch and wine tasting of a local farmer and winemaker. Located in the DO Costers de Segre wine region, the visit is a great finale on your wine odyssey. We will then make our way back to Barcelona and this wine adventure will finish up back in Barcelona by 8pm.
Do you want to experience a custom made tour?
If you would like us to customize your next tour to Portugal or Spain, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We will be happy to set up a call or offer an itinerary that meets to your needs.