With this fantastic tour, you will experience the best Spanish wines and food. The tasting adventure features full reds of Ribera del Duero, fine wines from Rioja, and the refreshing white Txacoli in the Basque Country. A carefully selected diversity of the best estates are offered for you to truly discover the essence and variety of Spanish wine country. Come and enjoy Spain's rich cultural history, flavorful food, and hospitality!
Airport transfer available:
Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport (US$58 per person)
Your hotel in Ribera del Duero will be the 5-star Monasterio de Santa Maria de Valbuena Hotel and Spa. This luxury hotel is located in the Golden Mile in a XII century restored Abby. It has a pool and a spa. This is a unique opportunity to live in history.
In Rioja, you will stay at 4-star Hotel Viura. Viura is a luxury hotel with very modern design. You'll enjoy the relaxing rooms and the great restaurant and wine bar.
Your hotels in Madrid, San Sebastian and Barcelona will be centrally located 4-star hotels.
Pick up in Madrid at 10:00 and drive to Ribera del Duero for about 2 hours. You will visit three wineries in Ribera del Duero. One is a family-owned winery that has cellars from the 16th century. Taste the different wines produced enjoying the company of one of the owners.
For lunch enjoy the typical meal from Ribera, roasted lamb in a wood fired oven with Ribera del Duero wines. Visit a second winery with a total different philosophy after lunch and stop at the third winery before hotel check-in and dinner on your own.
Meal plan: Lunch.
Explore the town of Peñafiel and its magnificent castle from the 11th century before driving to Burgos where you'll visit the famous cathedral, World Heritage monument by UNESCO. Our Lady of Burgos sums up Gothic architecture in all its beauty. Then enjoy a wine-paired lunch in Burgos.
Drive to Rioja for a winery visit and tasting. Visit the medieval walled village of Laguardia (13th century). Under the stone paved streets and homes of Laguardia it is full of old subterranean bodegas, and over them there are many historic monuments and sites, like the Gothic facade of Santa Maria de los Reyes church from the 14th century. Hotel check in and dinner on your own.
Meal plan: Breakfast, tapas lunch.
Today is for Rioja wine tour with two winery visits. You will arrange a visit to one of the traditional centenary wineries, a walk in the winery quarter in Haro and a visit to a boutique family-owned winery. The tradition of Rioja is very well represented by these centenary wineries, which keep in their libraries bottles from the time of their founders. A traditional Riojan lunch will give you more opportunities to taste the wonderful Riojan wines.
After lunch visit a third winery or the Culture of Wine Museum, Dinastía Vivanco in Briones, a unique and historic location in the Rioja Alta. Even a short visit is worth it for any wine lover since it is considered one of the best wine museums in the world. Dinner on your own.
Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch.
After breakfast, drive to Bilbao for approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes to visit the famous Guggenheim Museum designed by architect Frank Gehry on your own. This unique museum is probably one of the best modern buildings in Spain, and it represents architecture at its best.
Lunch will be an opportunity to taste Txacoli wine, a very interesting white wine produced only in the Basque country perfect companion for the fresh fish of the Basque. Continue to San Sebastian. Your host can also drop you off in Bilbao to continue your trip.
Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch.
The tour starts in Madrid and finish in Bilbao or San Sebastian and can be extended. Kindly send your request to Rutas de Vino - Vintage Spain.
Basque Country is part of the green Spain, extremely pretty, with green rolling hills, beautiful beaches, fisherman towns, and extraordinary food. San Sebastian and Bilbao with the Guggenheim Museum are probably the best known cities in Basque Country. San Sebastian is famous for its gastronomy, from tapas bars to Michelin-starred restaurants. This is one of the towns in the world which has most of the Michelin stars, also being home of the new creative Spanish cuisine, without forgetting the traditional food based mainly in seasonal product. Pintxos are the combination of both in miniature cooking. Bilbao has one of the most impressive modern buildings in Spain. The Guggenheim Museum, built by Frank Ghery, right by the river has made Bilbao an architecture lover destination.
Fisherman towns are a pleasure to visit and walk around, like Getaria, the birth place of Juan Sebastian Elcano, and the fashion designer Balenciaga, that now hosts his museum, or Hondarribia with an impressive fortress that has beautiful views of both Spanish and French coast. It is also close to the French coast, Biarritz and San Juan de Luz, that can give you a peek of good French living. While there is only Txacoli wine in this region, a white wine with fresh high acidity, it is very close to Rioja, the most well known wine region in Spain, and you can always do a wine tour from there.
The young region of Ribera del Duero is a reference for exceptional red wines. The wines produced in this region are among the finest in Spain. Already in the 12th century, the monks of Cluny were growing grapes along the river bank of Duero to produce wine. Ribera del Duero, in the heart of Castilla-León, is the old land of castillos or castles. The vineyards are mostly concentrated in the north part of the Duero. Although the nowadays famous Ribera wine is red, from the native variety tinta fina or tinto del país, there are three other well-known wine varieties in the region, which are the white in Rueda, red in Toro, and claret and red in Cigales.
Wine is enjoyed in beautiful old towns like Burgos, Segovia, Peñaranda, Peñafiel, or Pedraza, that will bring you back in time. Burgos, the old head of Castilla, has one of the most impressive Gothic cathedrals of Spain, and it is also a lively town, where shopping for local products and handcrafted items is as exciting as looking for the most fashionable stuff. Segovia, with the cathedral, the Aqueduct and the Alcazar will show you the history of this country. In the monastery of Santo Domingo de Silos, you can listen to the Gregorian chant of the monks. In a perfect combination of the old and the new, the famous castle (castillo) of Peñafiel is now the home of a newly opened wine museum.
There are so many bodegas in this area that deserve a visit and you will have a good selection. You can visit the famous underground bodegas in Aranda and the well-known modern wineries of Ribera. Aranda, like lots of towns in the region, is practically hollow underneath, since the bodegas were tunneled deep into the earth to help the temperature control and stability needed for wine storage. Although many fell into disuse, some have been recovered for visiting or for wine production. Visiting an old wine cellar that have remained working since centuries ago and drinking a glass of wine with one of the owners is an unforgettable experience. The visit to Ribera del Duero won't be complete without the tasting of the famous roasted lamb. You can also go out an evening for the traditional Spanish tapas and wine.
La Rioja is one of the most prestigious and well-known of all the Spanish wine regions. The most traditional and modern wineries can be found here. La Rioja is divided in three sub-zones: Rioja Alta, Rioja Alavesa, and Rioja Baja. The most famous wineries or bodegas are located in the first two. There is a good selection from the wineries of Rioja Alavesa and Rioja Alta. If time permits, you could also visit at least one winery from the nearby Navarra region.
You will find very different bodegas in Rioja. Discover a bodega built in a farm that was part of a medieval monastery and still makes its wine in the most traditional way, then another one that employs state of the art wine technology, and also visit one of the oldest in Rioja among others. Enjoy a typical Spanish lunch in a bodega, where sarmientos (dry grape vine branches) are used to roast the meat, giving it a unique and delicious flavor. Open your senses and prepare to learn in the new interactive thematic center dedicated to wine in Laguardia, Villa Lucia, or the New Museum of Wine Culture Dinastia Vivanco.
Art and history are well represented in the Human Heritage monastery complex of Suso and Yuso in San Millán de la Cogolla (10th century village), where the Spanish language (castellano) was born, and in Santo Domingo de la Calzada, a small medieval town very important for the pilgrims in their way to Santiago. A stroll through arcade streets will allow you to admire the noble stone mansions with their coats of arms. The cathedral is famous because of its beauty and its legend of the cock and hen. Enjoy a walk in the walled village of Laguardia (13th century walls), capital of Rioja Alavesa.
Underneath the stone paved streets and homes of Laguardia, there is a maze of underground cellars and over them, there are many historic monuments and sites, like the Gothic facade of Santa Maria de los Reyes church from the 14th century. Logroño, the capital of Rioja is a modern and historic town with a great architectural and artistic heritage, where one can also find multiple shopping opportunities. Since Bilbao is very close to Rioja, it is easy to visit the famous Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao designed by architect Frank Gehry. One day can be dedicated to the Spanish tradition of wine and tapas. Tapas are small dishes that you have in bars or casual restaurants instead of a formal meal. The old part of Haro or Logroño are great for this!
Dishes you will dine on are based on Spanish tradition and local products. You will have roasted lamb in Ribera, a 5-course meal with Rioja specialties paired with wine, tapas lunch in Burgos, and fresh catch fish of the day in the fisherman town of Getaria. And of course, you will enjoy olive oil and iberico ham, which are the jewels of Spanish gastronomy.
You will have plenty of opportunities to explore the area. Take tapas tour in Madrid for 70 EUR. You can also extend the tour to include San Sebastian (https://www.bookculinaryvacations.com/rutas-de-vino-vintage-spain/6-days-spain-wine-vacations).
Please book your flight to arrive at Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport (MAD). Transfer from Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport (MAD) and to San Sebastián Airport (EAS) is available upon request. The cost is 50 EUR for each transfer.
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