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Rioja Alavesa: Wine Tasting in a Traditional Winery

1. Rioja Alavesa: Wine Tasting in a Traditional Winery

Enjoy the experience of visiting the winery where Pascual Berganzo and Alútiz Vinos make their wines in Samaniego, the heart of Rioja Alavesa. Take a tour through three cellars and taste a variety of wines. The experience will begin in the stainless steel cellar, where you will be introduced to the world of wine by your guide. Here, witness the production of carbonic maceration wine. Next, head over to the concrete cellar, where the wine rests and acquires a special body. Lastly, go 15 meters underground inside the stone cellar where you can taste different wines and local products.

Rioja: Private Wine Tasting Tour

2. 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.

From Bilbao: Mountains and Sea Full-Day Tour

3. From Bilbao: Mountains and Sea Full-Day Tour

Depart Bilbao and head for Vitoria-Gasteiz to explore the capital city of the Basque Country. Take a guided walking tour through the center to see the cathedral, parliament and historical monuments of Plaza de la Virgen Blanca. Discover a medieval quarter in Plaza del Machete and admire the Church of San Miguel. Go to the Salinas de Añana salt flats and learn the history of the landscape. Continue to Orduña village and enjoy lunch at a typical restaurant in the medieval village of Balmaseda. Venture through the Ayala Valley and the mining area of ​​Bizkaia (Biscay) to reach the coast at Santurtzi and Portugalete, where you will cross the Vizcaya Bridge to Getxo.

From Bilbao: Vitoria and Rioja Region Tour with Wine Tasting

4. 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.

From Bilbao: Basque Country 3 Cities 6-Day Coach Tour

5. From Bilbao: Basque Country 3 Cities 6-Day Coach Tour

See the highlights of the Basque Country on a tour of the cities of Bilbao, Vitoria and San Sebastian. Benefit from guided panoramic tours and walking tours to get a complete picture of each destination. Journey through an amazing landscape of dramatic sea views, typical fishing villages and vast forests of oak trees. Day 1: Bilbao Benefit from pick-up and transfer to your hotel to get a full tour program about the Basque Country. Day 2: Bilbao - San Sebastian Depart Bilbao and journey through the mountains towards San Sebastian. See the old tower houses of Azkoitia and visit the shrine at the Sanctuary of Loyola before making your way to the coastal town of Zumaia. Get magnificent views of the Bay of Biscay and stop in the medieval fishing village of Getaria. Continue to San Sebastian via the resort town of Zarautz. Take a panoramic bus tour of San Sebastian and see highlights such as Kursaal Palace on arrival. Enjoy some free time for lunch before taking a walking tour of the Old Town, and stroll past typical pintxo bars and the 18th-century Basilica of Santa Maria de Coro. Get tips on what to do with the rest of the evening and the following day at leisure. Day 3: San Sebastian Enjoy a free day to explore San Sebastian at your own pace. Day 4: San Sebastian - Rioja - Vitoria Take the highway towards Vitoria, passing the old town of Tolosa. Arrive at the village of Ordizia and go for a stroll before going to Oñati and the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Arantzazu. Visit the former salt mining town of Salinas de Leniz, and then enter the wine producing area of Rioja Alavesa. Admire typical villages such as Labastida and Laguardia, where you will get some free time to explore the town and enjoy lunch independently. Continue to Vitoria for a panoramic tour of the capital of the Basque Country. Marvel at monuments such as the Cathedral of Santa Maria and Casco Viejo, and avail of free entry to the Artium Museum of Contemporary Art. Day 5: Vitoria - Bilbao Journey through the rural landscape of Alava en route to Salinas de Añana, where you will learn about the historic salt mining industry. Continue to the village of Orduña, surrounded by the mountains of the Sierra Salvada, and take a guided walking tour of the town. Get back to nature in Ayala and discover vast forests of oak trees. Stop for lunch in Balmaseda, and then go to the coastal town of Santurtzi, known for its seafaring traditions. Continue to Portugalete to cross the transporter bridge to Getxo, where you can go for a walk along the seafront and get a magnificent view of the Bay of Biscay. Continue to Bilbao and take a panoramic tour on arrival. Day 6: Bilbao Explore Bilbao at your own pace with a day at leisure. Get useful information from your guide to help you plan your day. Enjoy some free time in the city before your transfer to the airport.

From Bilbao: Rioja Architecture and Wine Tour

6. 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.

Bilbao: Vitoria and Salt Valley Small Group Tour with Lunch

7. Bilbao: Vitoria and Salt Valley Small Group Tour with Lunch

Get picked up from your hotel in Bilbao and head first to Añana Salt Valley, where you will learn everything about the traditional way of producing the "white gold" from local experts. The visit lasts about 1.5 hours and includes stunning views and unique insights into salt production in Spain. Later, continue on toward Vitoria-Gasteiz, the capital of the Basque Autonomic Region. Break for a tasty lunch and then tour the area for two hours with your guide, who will shed light on the particularities of Basque Country and its people. Enjoy sightseeing in this beautiful location. Climb to the top of a hill for an amazing view of the medieval Old Town. At around 4:00 PM, head back toward Bilbao and get dropped off at your hotel to conclude the tour.

San Sebastián: La Rioja Day Tour

8. San Sebastián: La Rioja 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 4-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 2 charming villages. First, San Vicente de la Sonsierra, built on top of a hill. Take in the unbeatable views over the Ebro river, the sea of vines, and the hills that dot the valley. Next, it’s on to the popular Briones 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 Pamplona: Añana Salt Valley & Vitoria Tour with Lunch

9. From Pamplona: Añana Salt Valley & Vitoria Tour with Lunch

Start with pickup from your hotel in the city of Pamplona and travel west to the Añana Salt Valley. Stop in the Alavese locality of Añana and discover one of the most spectacular and best-preserved cultural landscapes in Europe. Visit the former salt factory and learn about the production of "white gold" from the salt flats on a 90-minute guided visit with an expert local guide. Next, travel to the city of Vitoria-Gasteiz, the capital of the Basque Autonomic Region. Enjoy a traditional Basque lunch in the city. After lunch, explore the medieval Old Town with your guide. Situated on the top of a hill overlooking the rest of the city, see notable landmarks including Santa Maria Cathedral, and the churches of San Miguel, San Vicente, and San Pedro. After about 2 hours in Vitoria, depart at 4:00 PM and return to Pamplona.

From San Sebastian: Rioja Wine Tour

10. From San Sebastian: Rioja Wine Tour

Discover Spain's wine country on a guided tour of the Rioja region from San Sebastian. Take a tour of 3 different wineries and taste a variety of typical wines at each establishment. Start with pickup from your accommodation in San Sebastian. Travel south by luxury to the Rioja region, known as the heart of Spain's wine industry. Visit three specially selected wine producers in the region, each known for their distinctive quality and character. Take a guided tour of each place you visit, and learn about the winemaking process. Explore the vast vineyards, as well as a scenic cave at one of the wineries. Afterward, continue to the charming walled town of Laguardia. Take a guided tour of the town that is surrounded by rolling hills of vineyards on all sides. Afterward, hop back on the bus for the return journey to San Sebastian.

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What people are saying about Álava

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 24 reviews

Very didactic and very beautiful.

It was an excursion to frame, everything that was offered to us was fulfilled and more The companions of excursion made unforgettable since they respected the schedules, the Gia and driver a 10. Really what took me a pleasant memory.

Great experience. Stephan, our exclusive guide made us spend a fantastic day Totally recommended

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

Amazing and beautiful tour with the best guide ever Pedro !

I think our guide did an excellent job balancing a very good day.

I would recommend this to others. A highlight of our trip.