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This luxury tour focuses on the heart of the wine-growing and gastronomic center of Rioja: the towns of Haro and Logrono, where the food, the wine, the culture, and the landscapes are fascinating. This gastronomic and wine tour will appeal to your insatiable appetite to learn more about the regional food and wine of northern Spain. Whilst the region is known worldwide for its wines, it hides a wealth of epicurean delights that can only be experienced in person in the restaurants and bodegas of Rioja. By visiting an amazing range of wineries, you will live a complete Spanish gourmet and culture adventure.
During this vacation, you will stay three nights in Haro and two in Logrono. Following are examples of accommodation used in Madrid and La Rioja.
This four-star historic building is located right in the historic center of Haro, center of the wine production in Rioja, surrounded by a valley of vineyards and the Cantabrian Mountains. Founded as a convent in 1373, Los Agustinos hotel is a beautiful and protected building; now, its walls full of history play host to exceptionally comfortable facilities where it is a privilege to stay. It has an impressive courtyard where you can relax reading your favorite book or having a glass of Rioja wine. Within the hotel, you will also find Las Duelas restaurant, the Bistrot de las Duelas, a bar-cafeteria, 24-hour room service, and free Wi-Fi. From a walking distance, you can experience numerous and excellent tapas.
Hotel Los Agustinos offers conventional, modern, and regional cuisine based on fresh products from the area and also have an outstanding wine-list. There are 62 guestrooms, most of which are outward-facing, whilst the motel's most salient feature is the impressive, glass-domed cloisters, which are air-conditioned and enclosed. All rooms are decorated in a rustic style and enjoy all the modern comforts, such as satellite TV, Wi-Fi, and private bathroom with hairdryer. Guests also have access to the hotel's fitness center.
This boutique hotel is located in the historic and cultural heart of Logrono, at a walking distance of the main gastronomic streets, where you can find the best pinchos and tapas in northern Spain, numerous churches, and an outdoor dining area full of terraces, where you can have delicious meals accompanied by excellent wines.
Built in 1911, this hotel was known popularly as Posada de las Animas (Inn of the souls). In May 2004, Hotel Marques de Vallejo went through a meticulous work of restoration, interior design, and decoration, done with the aim of offering a more comfortable and pleasant stay to the guests.
Nowadays, the hotel keeps on working the innovation and the improvement of its services and facilities, with the aim of satisfying each and every need. The 50 contemporary rooms at Hotel Marques de Vallejo feature parquet floors, air conditioning, LCD TV, private bathrooms with a hairdryer, Wi-Fi access, temperature controller, and mini bar.
Upon your arrival to Bilbao International Airport (BIO), you will be welcomed and escorted by a guide to a carefully selected hotel in La Rioja. The evening will remain free to be spent at leisure.
Today, you will take an extraordinary guided tour of the world's largest wine museum: Dinastia Vivanco, experiencing the wine culture of centuries. This is a unique chance to learn the history of wine not only in Spain, but in Europe. Right after visiting the museum, you will visit a winery; you will either visit one of the most prestigious wineries in La Rioja, for its successful style of blending the modern technology with the wine-making traditional methods, or one of the most reputable, traditional, and oldest wineries in La Rioja, with very high quality. You will enjoy a superb typical lunch from the area and visit one of the picturesque villages in the area such as Haro or Briones. The evening will remain free to be spent at leisure.
You will have a spectacular guided tour to one of the best wineries in Rioja, situated in a medieval town. After a wine tasting, go straight ahead to your third visit to a winery. A visit to this traditional wine estate will show you what tradition in making wines means nowadays. Today's lunch will be at a traditional restaurant in La Rioja. During a guided tour of the old quarter of Logrono, capital of La Rioja, you will visit Calle Laurel, one of the most famous gastronomic streets in Spain. This guided tour will allow you to see hundreds of small bars, each one specializing in a different tapa. The rest of the evening will be free so can walk in Logrono at your own pace and take a drink or grab a bite in bars and restaurants recommended by your tour guide.
You will take a fourth guided tour of one of the pioneer wineries in the Rioja wine region followed by a wine tasting. Its wines have earned some of the most distinguished international awards, including the amazing Hotel Marquess de Riscal, designed by the world renowned architect Frank Ghery. This private tour will be conducted by local expert of one of the most astonishing medieval towns in Europe. Afterwards, you are invited to a privileged visit to one of the best underground cellars in the medieval town of Laguardia where they tread the grapes like in ancient times. Your gourmet lunch is based on fresh ingredients and excellent service. The remaining afternoon will be free to relax in the hotel or go shopping in Logrono.
The holiday has come to the end and it is time to say goodbye. A private transfer will take you back to the Bilbao International Airport.
This holiday will take place in La Rioja region, Spain. It is not difficult to have a love affair with Rioja, not solely for its wines, but for its generous people, gastronomy, and magnificent landscapes. Rioja is a wine area, which includes the province of La Rioja, Navarra, and a part of Alava, in the Basque Country. Castilian Spanish is spoken.
La Rioja region is located in central northern Spain, 100 kilometers south of the port of Bilbao, lying astride the motorway that joins the north and Mediterranean coasts. The landscapes of La Rioja are beautiful and impressively diverse, with ancient hilltop fortress towns rising from the blanket of vineyards, overlooked by a panorama of the imposing Sierras of Cantabria, the De la Demanda ranges in the west, and the Pealosa and Yerga ranges to the east.
Apart from over 60,000 hectares of vines, other prominent crops are cereals, sugar beet, apples and pears, along with an abundance of sheep. The economy is built around agriculture in general, particularly in the wine making industry and its allied products, such as oak barrel makers, capsule producers, label printers, and agricultural machinery suppliers, as well as engineers and, not least, banking.
The mighty River Ebro bisects Rioja from west to east, and with the mountains, plays a key role in the geology and climate of Rioja; from the cooler, verdant west, where vineyards and population centers are higher in altitude; down to the warmer, arid east, in the Rioja Baja. They influence the micro climatic conditions in the vineyards, both feeding the water table and generating early morning mists across the riverside vineyards, while sheltering them from the worst of the Atlantic influences.
Gastronomy plays an important role in this thrilling wine journey. You will experience delicious gourmet meals in top wineries overlooking the vineyards and distinguished traditional restaurants. Renowned cooks will entertain you with their typical regional meals and new innovative culinary creations. Just as the wines of Rioja have a unique character, so does the regional gastronomy; some say the food there is more sophisticated and varied than anywhere else in Spain.
As you dine in fine restaurants, tapas bars, and the famous gastronomic societies of Rioja, it will dawn on you how Rioja's food and wine really is a marriage made in heaven. From Chateaux-style and traditional wineries to boutique or avant-garde wineries, all regarded as the current leaders in both new Rioja and traditional Rioja, winemakers and winery owners will guide you through their prestigious estates explaining their unique wine-making methods and sampling their renowned wines with you.
Please arrive at Bilbao International Airport (BIO). The Unique Traveller will pick you up from the airport. The pick-up is included in the price.
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