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From San Sebastian: La Rioja Wine Cellar & Tasting Tour

1. From San Sebastian: La Rioja Wine Cellar & 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. 

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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.

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From Bilbao: La Rioja Wine Tasting Tour with Hotel Pickup

3. 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.

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From Bilbao: Vitoria and Rioja Day Tour

4. 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

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From La Rioja: Tour Olive Groves and Mill with Tasting

5. 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.

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Logroño: 2-Hour Pintxos Tasting and Spanish Wines Tour

6. Logroño: 2-Hour Pintxos Tasting and Spanish Wines Tour

Immerse yourself in the charming Old Town of Logroño and taste the best pintxos in town paired with four regional wines. Experience the food scene through the eyes of a local Logroñés and visit hidden gems making you feel like a native throughout the whole experience. In between the pintxos, you’ll also learn about the fantastic history of the town. Spend an evening connecting with local people as you follow your guide through the beautiful landmarks of the city.

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From San Sebastian: Rioja Wine Tour

7. From San Sebastian: Rioja Wine Tour

This tour features the Basque wine region called Rioja Alavesa. This area is home to the best wineries of Rioja. Along the way, find not only wine, but discover amazing historical places. The St. James route passes through the area with medieval villages where there will be a few stops. Also along the way, experience art, culture, and the best that Spain has to offer. Leave from San Sebastian early in the morning. Upon arriving, taste the wines in some of the oldest wineries in Rioja Alavesa. After that, head to Laguardia Medieval village. Here, learn part of the history of La Rioja while you have time to eat pintxos and drink wine. Finally, visit a fourth winery in the area. All the wineries you are going to visit produce high quality wines with the traditional Rioja process.

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La Rioja: Group Winery Tour and Tasting

8. 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.

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Bilbao: La Rioja Winery with Tasting and Traditional Lunch

9. Bilbao: La Rioja Winery with Tasting and Traditional Lunch

Spain is widely famous for its wines' high quality. Discover the cradle of these wines - the land that provides its name to the DO of La Rioja, which is easily reachable from Bilbao. Enjoy a visit to a winery (bodega), taking a relaxing walk through the vineyards whilst learning the wine-making process from the grape harvest to the maturation. Following that, finish your experience with a wine tasting of 4 wines accompanied by an expert local. After your tasting, a complete traditional lunch consisting of local products and the best wines will be served in the winery or in a local restaurant. Your day also includes a visit to the Laguardia medieval village, which is famous for its medieval walls and underground family-owned wineries.

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Haro: San Vino Wine Fight Festival

10. Haro: San Vino Wine Fight Festival

You will arrive on June 27 at the campsite where the party is already going strong. Before arriving, it's best to get a lot of sleep, because after a little while the party will move into the streets where a massive amount of local people will join in. This street party has been known to continue straight through the night but sleeping is also possible in your accommodation.  Those who don't sleep see the sun rise early in the morning and the locals prepare for the wine fight, which takes place in the morning and this is where the early risers meet up with the ones who have yet to fall asleep.  At this point the madness starts again and the wine fight begins. After all grape blood has been successfully thrown you will head down back to the campsite where another party begins or you could of course finally go grab some sleep.  Take the hassle out of trips like San Vino Wine Fight Festival so you don’t have to worry about a thing. At this campsite your tent will be pre-erected for your arrival, and your mattress and sleeping bag will be rolled out ready for you. There is a swimming pool at the campsite, so don’t forget your bathers. The biggest party will happen outside of the party with hundreds of like-minded international travelers and unlimited beer and sangria is available for only €10 per day (bookable as add-on). Meet there or ride with a coach from Barcelona or San Sebastián (if add-on booked). San Vino Wine Fight Festival 2018 is going to be one helluva Spanish party!

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What people are saying about La Rioja

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 46 reviews

Great day for exploring Spain's wine country!

This was a really fun tour. We had a wonderful guide who gave us good information and made it very enjoyable. The wine tour they provided of a small boutique winery was exceptional. We also loved having some time on our own to explore these two marvelous towns and enjoy a very delicious lunch. I would recommend this tour to anyone who wants to get a general feel for the area in a one day span. It made us all want to return to the region and explore more.

Perfect excursion to get an impression of the Basque Country.

Attentive tour guide, well organized in view of the shortage of time. Good gastronomic tips without obligation. The excursion fully met my expectations.

It was an extraordinary tour! Fantastic landscape with a great scenery! Fun to see the grapes the winecellars.

Our guide Steven was awesome! There were two of us on the tour and it was a very informative day.

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

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