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Spain Luxury Wine Holiday

Enjoy a carefully designed excursion into the delights of Rioja, a journey through the history and the great wines of Rioja. A great combination of Frank Gehry's masterpiece hotel, Marques De Riscal, with the traditional countryside. Marques de Riscal guests can indulge in the wine therapies of The Caudalie Vinotherapie Spa, recognized in 1994 by the Conde Nast Traveller as the "Best European Spa", and in 2006 with the Monaco Award. Experience the amazing combination of a traditional centenary winery with state-of-the-art wine-making!

Highlights

  • Visit the world's largest wine museum
  • Entrance to The Caudalie Vinotherapie Spa
  • Enjoy a medieval village guided walking tour
  • Take home a Marques De Riscal bottle of wine
  • 4 wine tastings and 4 exclusive and unique wine estate visits
  • Personalized English/Spanish-speaking expert guide
  • 2 full breakfasts and 2 lunches including wine
  • 2 nights of luxury accommodation

Styles


3 days with instruction
Airport transfer included: Bilbao Airport
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Spa
  • Bar
  • Fireplace
  • Lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Internet access
  • Library

The Marques de Riscal: A Luxury Collection hotel designed by Frank O. Gehry

A masterpiece between the Rioja Alavesa vineyards whose doors opened in October 2006 that offers winegrowing tradition and avant-garde art; luxury, vineyards, and relaxation.

The Marques de Riscal Hotel, a Luxury Collection hotel in the heart of the Rioja Alavesa region designed and built by Frank O. Gehry, one of the world's most renowned architects and author of works of art like the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, The Marques de Riscal Hotel merges deep rooted wine-growing tradition with twenty-first century avant-garde design.

Nestled in the renowened Vinos de los Herederos del Marques de Riscal's vineyard in the medieval town of El Ciego, the hotel's spectacular curves, titanium roof, and asymmetry of walls provide an elegant contrast to the historic wine cellars designed in 1858 by the architect Ricardo Bellsola.

The hotel's 43 luxury rooms and suites, each unique and different in their shapes and offered views, are "thrown" in two buildings connected by a spectacular suspended footbridge. Gehry's personal and exclusive project of interior design characterized by its forms, colors, and materials, offers an authentic avant-garde vision.

The leather and raw maple wood of the suites and the dark marble of the bathrooms melt harmoniously with the most advanced technology. State-of-the-art "Beovision" televisions by Bang & Olufsen, VOIP telephones, and Wi-Fi internet access in all areas of the hotel combine perfectly with avant-garde furniture, lamps, and headboards, designed exclusively for the Marques de Riscal Hotel and the quality and comfort of Luxury Collection beds and linens.

The world of wine and the world of gastronomy meet at The Marques de Riscal Hotel. Guests can taste the creative and traditional Basque-Riojan cuisine of Francis Paniego, who in 2004 was the first Riojan chef to receive a Michelin star. Starting this autumn, guests will have the opportunity to attend culinary classes conducted by Chef Paniego.

The hotel also offers a more informal wine bar and a rooftop lounge with breathtaking panoramic views. Its cozy fireplace will be perfect for guests who want to sample the thousands of wines from around the world found in the hotel's cellars or enjoy reading one of the 1000 books of the library, all of them with topics related to luxury world.

Guests can also experience the entire process of wine production, from the most traditional to the newest and technologically most advanced processes. Guests are invited to indulge in the wine therapies of The Caudalie Vinotherapie Spa, recognized in 1994 by the Conde Nast Traveller as the Best European Spa and in 2006 with the Monaco Award.

The spa offers a broad selection of relaxing, energizing, slimming, and anti-aging treatments and sensations based on the grape's purest essences and other natural ingredients such as brown sugar, honey, and oils. The Marques de Riscal Hotel also offers modern meeting, conference, event and banquet services.

There is a modern auditorium with a capacity of 100 people and several multifunctional spaces for informal meetings, cocktails, or social events. The old 1,200-square meter cellar has also been converted into a large banquet venue with a maximum sitting capacity of 350 people and the possibility of dividing the space into different sections.

Program

You'll have an extraordinary guided tour of the world's largest wine museum, experiencing the wine culture of centuries: Dinastia Vivanco. Visit renowned diverse wineries and have a wine tasting of some of Spain's most significant and innovative wines. Your gourmet lunches are based on fresh ingredients and excellent service.

You will also have a private guided tour conducted by a local expert of one of the most astonishing medieval towns in Spain, as well as a carefully designed excursion into the delights of Rioja: a journey through the history and the great wines of Rioja, plentiful meals to taste one of the best gastronomies in Spain, delicious local dishes with unique flavors, and innovative nouvelle cuisine at your award-winning hotel, Marques de Riscal.

A manageable pace will allow you to enjoy the unique scenery as well as the pleasures of the good food and fine wine. Your incomparable accommodation will make you feel privileged, a well-deserved break to celebrate any special occasion. The Marques de Riscal Hotel is a Luxury Collection hotel designed by Frank O. Gehry. A masterpiece between the Rioja Alavesa vineyards whose doors opened in October 2006.

Day 1: Bilbao - Elciego

You are welcomed and escorted by your guide to the one and only Marques De Riscal, Luxury Collection, in the heart of wine country. Extraordinary guided tour of the world's largest wine museum, Dinastia Vivanco, experiencing the wine culture of centuries. A unique experience learning the history of wine not only in Spain but in Europe.

After this wine-history journey, visit the charming village of Briones and walk above the meander of the River Ebro surrounding the village with spectacular views (if time permitted). Free evening. Time to relax at your hotel Marques De Riscal.

  • Optional in Bilbao: Guggenheim museum visit in Bilbao, subject to arrival time.

Day 2: Elciego

Your morning visit has emerged as Spain's most significant and innovative wine estate founded in the past 25 years. It is near the top of almost everyone's list of the greatest wines of the modern Spanish era. It has accrued substantial track records with more than 15 vintages. Their wines have balance and style and more importantly, they are delicious to drink.

These wines are hard to top when put into the hands of one of the most talented winemakers in Spain. Wine tasting includes two of the best extra virgin olive oils in Spain.

Visit a fabulous wine estate, one of the most important wineries in La Rioja for its successful style of blending modern technology with wine-making traditional methods. It is located at the foot of the Cantabrian Mountains with breathtaking views of a valley of vineyards. It produces only reserve wines and it has one of the best whites ever tasted (made of 7 varieties), unusual for the La Rioja wine region.

After a fascinating visit full of history, you will have a superb typical lunch from the area, overlooking the vineyards and accompanied by the much-acclaimed wines from this unique wine estate. An excellent traditional lunch with fresh and first quality products including meat grilled over vine branches.

Return to Marques De Riscal where you can enjoy the spa with its wine treatments or perhaps relax in the library with views of the countryside.

Day 3: Elciego - Laguardia

Guided tour of the one and only Marques de Riscal, a pioneer in the La Rioja wine region. Its wines have earned some of the most distinguished international awards including the amazing Hotel Marques De Riscal designed by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry. You will experience the amazing combination of a traditional centenary winery with state-of-the-art wine-making and wine tasting.

Private guided tour conducted by the local expert of one of the most astonishing medieval towns in Spain. Hill-top picturesque village surrounded by vineyards with the backdrop of the Cantabrian Mountains with spectacular views.

Privileged visit to the first chateaux-style wine estates in La Rioja. The winery architecture consists of several stone rustic houses next to the River Ebro meander surrounded by their own vineyards. They have a small production of high quality, producing modern wines with their own personality.

They produce only Reserva and Grand Reserva wines and have mastered one of the best mono-varietal wines in La Rioja made of 100% Graciano grapes. Wine tasting.

Gourmet lunch held at renowned restaurant-hotel in Laguardia. Mansion-hotel conversion and restaurant providing superb dishes as fine examples of Basque and Riojan cuisine, based on fresh ingredients and excellent service. You will be attended by the owner, a dear character in the area. After sampling local dishes with wines from La Rioja, head back to Bilbao or to your next destination.

Location

Modern Bilbao, home of the Guggenheim Museum with its lustrous exterior and collection of modern art. Haro is a graceful town on the banks of the River Ebro. It has a lively old quarter where elegant wine mansions meet lively pavement cafes. Laguardia is a medieval hilltop fortress city with narrow cobbled streets flanked by bodegas and tapas bars.

Vinos de Los Herederos de Marques de Riscal

Vinos de Los Herederos de Marques de Riscal has always been a pioneer in its field. In 1858, it became the first winery in the Rioja region that produced wine using the French system. In 1972, Marques de Riscal was the first winery to promote the D.O. where the famous Marques de Riscal white wines are made.

It was also the first winery to create a wine of a new age: Baron de Chirel. Marques de Riscal products can be found in more than 70 countries and its wines have earned some of the most distinguished international awards and acclaim as well as media recognition from professionals.

Caudalie Vinotherapie Spa

Caudalie, the French cosmetic niche brand was created in 1995 by Mathilde and Bertrand Thomas in collaboration with Dr. Vercauteren from the University of Bordeaux and President of the World Polyphenol Group. In 1999, Caudalie offered its products a beautiful showcase creating the first Vinotherapie Spa in the world, in the middle of Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte, Bordeaux, France.

The adventure continued with the inauguration of leading spas: in Paris in the palace Le Meurice, in Sonoma Valley, in California, and in Taiwan. In 2003, the firm opened a beautiful spa in the Relais Chateau San Maurizio, in the vineyards of Piemont, Italy.

Implemented today in 25 countries all over the world, Caudalie sells millions of products of its more than 40 references, which efficiency (scientifically proven) is due to patented molecules from the grape-seed Polyphenol that is 10,000 times more powerful than Vitamin E in fighting free radicals, the Resveratrol that stimulates cell renewal by 25%, and Viniferine, the most powerful anti-dark spot on the market.

Features

Activities

  • Spa

General

  • Bar
  • Fireplace
  • Lounge
  • Restaurant

Services

  • Internet access
  • Library

Food

Gastronomy plays an important role in your thrilling wine journey. Locations play a major part in creating just the right ambiance for both wine tasting and dining on the region's extraordinary variety of ingredients and culinary styles. A memorable lunch experience is set in a mansion-hotel next to the town hall whose wine cellar and restaurant provide fine examples of Basque and Riojan cuisine.

Wines

To set the scene, you will be guided through the world's largest wine museum, The Dinastia Vivanco, this museum will pleasantly surprise you. On to a chateau-style Remelluri Estate embracing the cultures of Bordeaux and Burgundy in a modern Riojan context, and to two exclusive wineries by the Cantabrian mountains where you will experience the passion of two reputable winemakers including a tasting of their acclaimed wines.

You will tour the distinguished Marques de Riscal Estate, pioneer of the region and master of the tempranillo grape. This winery continues its innovative reputation exemplified by its flamboyant Frank Ghery hotel where you will be staying. You will also discover the unique cellar construction of the Palace of the Samaniegos.

Francis Paniego

Francis is the chef-advisor of the gastronomic restaurant. Together with his mother, Marisa, he is in charge of the cuisine of both the Echaurren and El Portal restaurants, situated in the historic center of the beautiful town of Ezcaray. After five generations of the family, focused on the highest standards of traditional Riojan cuisine, the creativity of Francis Paniego, more based on avant-garde cuisine, was awarded in 2005 with one Michelin star.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Alcoholic beverages

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 4 exclusive and unique wine estate visits
  • 4 wine tastings
  • Visit to the world's largest wine museum
  • A Marques De Riscal bottle of wine
  • A medieval village guided walking tour
  • Entrance to the spa
  • 2 full breakfasts
  • 2 lunches including wine
  • 2 nights' accommodation
  • Transport throughout the holiday
  • Roundtrip Bilbao airport transfers
  • All taxes

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Flights
  • Tips
  • Meals and drinks not specified
  • Personal expenses
  • Optional visits

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Airport: Bilbao Airport Airport transfer included: Bilbao Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 10% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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Holiday information

This holiday is also available as a self-drive package. The price per person is 809 EUR. The self-drive package includes Marques De Riscal accommodation for 2 nights, wineries carefully selected by The Unique Traveller including wine tastings, and a bottle of wine (Marques De Riscal). The self-drive package does not include transport, lunches, and private guides. On request, The Unique Traveller can hire a car at your chosen destination with GPS (Golf TDI, Audi A4, etc.). To book, please send an inquiry.

If any of the published accommodation, range of wineries, or restaurants in the tour becomes unavailable, others of a similar category will be allocated. Upgrade of wineries and/or restaurants will have a supplement. Please send an inquiry for more information.

Pricing information
  • Please note that prices vary during the weekends and depending on the time of the year, please request the exact prices for your dates.
  • Please send an inquiry to check for the single supplement.
  • There are special prices for groups, please send an inquiry for more information.

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