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5 Days Wine Tasting and Culinary Holiday in Spain

5 Days Wine Tasting and Culinary Holiday in Spain

  • Haro - Logrono

Wine Holidays In Spain

Come live the experience of the San Mateo wine festival. The festivities, declared of national tourist interest, are held in Logrono, where you will find a spectacular scenery with a hill top fortress set against the Sierra de Cantabria and the medieval village of Laguardia. Celebrate together with thousands of people and enjoy magnificent colorful parades. Delicious tapas, music concerts, dancing, floats parades, fireworks, and everything you always wanted to know and taste about wine, will be waiting for you to happily welcome the harvest of the year.

Highlights

  • Taste extra virgin olive oil
  • 5 guided wine tasting sessions
  • Experience the San Mateo wine festival
  • Visit some of the best wine estates, wineries, and cellars
  • Learn about wine from wine experts
  • Lunches at traditional restaurants
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • 3 days with instruction
  • Spanish, English
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During this holiday, you will spend three nights in Haro and two in Logrono.

Hotel Los Agustinos - Haro

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.

Hotel Sercotel - Logrono

The Sercotel Portales Hotel is a charming hotel located in the heart of Logrono, on Calle Portales. A few meters from the hotel, you will find the Plaza del Mercado, which is the setting for a variety of fairs and shows. This square is also home to the cathedral Santa María la Redonda.

One of the best selling points of this property is the prime location; you will be from a walking distance to the old part, the shopping area in Gran Via, the Murrieta Square, and the famous Calle Laurel, where all the tapas bars are. This is a pedestrian street avoiding the noisy traffic.

The Sercotel Portales Hotel is well decorated and offers 48 cozy, spacious, elegant, and warm rooms on six floors. All these rooms have a writing desk, minibar, TV, safe, and free Wi-Fi internet. You will also find all the necessary amenities to make this stay a perfect experience.

Day 1 - Bilbao, Haro

  • 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 in a private vehicle. *The evening will remain free to be spent at leisure.

Day 2 - Haro, Rioja Alavesa

  • 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 about the history of wine, not only in Spain, but in Europe.
  • Right after visiting the museum, you will visit one of the most reputable, traditional, and oldest wineries in Rioja; with very high quality wines.
  • Lunch will be at a traditional restaurant in Haro, in a charming little restaurant with a great variety of dishes and products from Rioja Alta.
  • After lunch, visit the charming village of Briones and walk above the meander of the River Ebro, surrounding the village with spectacular views.
  • You will have the evening free to relax in your hotel or to enjoy the numerous bars and restaurants around the city.

Day 3 - Haro, Logrono

  • On this day, you will visit one of the oldest and prettiest wine estates in Europe; the tour will be conducted by one of the members of the family.
  • After a wine tasting, you will visit one of the most prestigious wineries in Spain for its winemaking methods, their constant research in perfecting the wines, as well as their experimenting with grapes; they have mastered one of the best wines in Spain.
  • After the tour, you will enjoy a second wine tasting along with an extra virgin olive oil tasting.
  • Continue to Logrono, the capital where the festival takes place, and have lunch at a traditional restaurant.
  • With the evening free in Logrono, you will have the chance to visit bars, restaurants, and recommended places to experience the atmosphere of the festival.
  • You will enjoy these days during a week of festivities coinciding with the feast day of Saint Matthew, known as San Mateo in Spanish. Become a part of the city just by whiling away the time at wine bars or simply through strolling along the streets.

Day 4 - Logrono, Elciego, Laguardia

  • This is a special day, as you will tour one of the pioneer wineries in the Rioja wine region. Its wines have earned some of the most distinguished international awards, including the amazing Hotel Marques de Riscal, designed by the world-renowned architect, Frank Ghery.
  • After a wine tasting, go to a private guided tour, conducted by a local expert, of one of the most astonishing medieval towns in Europe, where a privileged visit to one of the best underground cellars in the medieval town of Laguardia is included.
  • Enjoy today’s lunch at a renowned restaurant in Laguardia and, afterwards, spend freely your time.
  • Around 20:00, you can admire an authentic parade through the streets, where you will see dancing giants and big heads; the carriages in the parade are decorated with various symbols of wine making and a number of other ceremonies typical of many Spanish fiestas. Time and information will be given during the tour so you will not miss anything.

Day 5 - Logrono, Bilbao

  • The holiday has come to the end and it is time to say goodbye.
  • You will be transferred back to Bilbao International Airport (BIO).
  • Explore one of the oldest and prettiest wine estates in Europe
  • Guided tour of one of the most astonishing medieval towns in Europe
  • Tour of Dinastia Vivanco wine museum
  • Tour one of the pioneer wineries in the Rioja wine region
  • Travel to Logrono and be part of the San Mateo wine festival
  • Visit one of the best underground cellars in Laguardia
  • Visit one of the most prestigious wineries in Spain for its winemaking methods
  • Visit one of the most reputable, traditional, and oldest wineries in Rioja
  • Walk around Briones village

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.

During this holiday, you will be graciously introduced to the Spanish cuisine with daily breakfast and three gourmet lunches including wine. With the festivities, you are sure to taste several traditional and delicious Spanish dishes, some of them unmissable, like the famous tapas.

  • Explore Haro and Logrono
  • Guided tapas tour of the best tapas of the area; sample authentic fresh food from the North of Spain, while you mix in with the locals
  • Visit or get a private guided tour of the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao
  • 3 gourmet lunches with wine
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • 5 wine estate visits
  • 5 wine tastings
  • Airport transfers
  • All taxes
  • Daily breakfast
  • Personalized English and Spanish speaking expert guide throughout the tour
  • Private transportation for 3 days
  • Two guided walking tours of towns and medieval villages
  • Visit to the world's largest wine museum
  • Airfare
  • Meals not specified in the program
  • Optional excursions
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips
  • Travel insurance

Arrival by airplane

Please arrive Bilbao International Airport (BIO). The Unique Traveller will pick you up from the airport. The pick-up is included in the price.