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Things to do in Rioja, Spain

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From Bilbao: Wine Tour of Rioja with Gourmet Lunch

1. From Bilbao: Wine Tour of Rioja with Gourmet Lunch

Visit two of Rioja’s finest wineries on this day trip from Bilbao. Sample some of the region's most exceptional wines and learn about the production methods. Relax with lunch at a gourmet restaurant and then tour the village of La Guardia.   Travel to the wineries of Ysios Cellar and Marques de Riscal with a guide. Taste at least 9 types of wine from both wineries. Enjoy a full tour of one of the wineries to learn the unique production methods used in the area.   Capture photos of the Rioja vineyard landscape from secret vantage points. Admire the views of Rioja's vineyards against the mountainous backdrop. Continue the day with lunch at one of the region's finest restaurants. Try a tasting menu with local wines.  Finally, take a guided tour of the walled, medieval city of LaGuardia, complete with underground cellars and wineries.  Discover the fortified walls and winding cobblestone streets surrounded by vineyards and mountains. 

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.

From Bilbao: Two Rioja Wineries Day Trip with Picnic Lunch

3. From Bilbao: Two Rioja Wineries Day Trip with Picnic Lunch

Discover the secrets of Rioja wines on this day trip from Bilbao. Travel aboard an airconditioned vehicle and travel to 2 unique wineries. Listen as your guide decodes the wine grading process for you. Sample a variety of wines and sit down to a Spanish picnic in a scenic spot.  Enjoy the convenience of being picked up from your accommodation in Bilbao. Relax on the comfortable drive to the first boutique winery. Learn how to make better wine purchases in the future with a course on the various types of wines in the Rioja region.  Dive into determining the quality of Rioja wines like Cosecha, Crianza, Reserva, and Gran Reservas. Hear about the facinating aging process for each type of wine. Visit wineries that were purposefully chosen for their contrasts and uniqueness. The majority of the wines that you taste will have received 90+ points from the renowned wine experts Tim Atkin and James Suckling. Be served a variety of local cheeses, cold meats, nuts, and other traditional products as appetizers throughout the day. Settle in to a charming picnic in one of the wineries with traditional Spanish products such as Iberican Ham or a Spanish omelet. Finally, you walk through the town of LaGuardia, a walled medieval city that is one of the most picturesque villages in the Rioja Alavesa region. Return to your accommodation in Bilbao at the end of your tour. 

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What people are saying about Rioja, Spain

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 7 reviews

Sara was a delightful guide. She was very knowledgeable, very attentive and great fun. We couldn't have asked for more! She took us round three of the best local family-run wineries in La Rioja which we could never have found on our own. We learnt so much. Sara rounded off the day with a delicious lunch in Lagrono. Definitely a day to remember!

Great wine tasting :)

An absolutely perfect & very educational day :) Our guide Kamali was so lovely :) Highly recommended!

Daniel our guide was very nice, the day was beautiful and the wine fabulous

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

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