The Best of Basque

The Essential La Rioja Wine Experience

Tour Description

Discover what makes La Rioja Spain's premier winemaking region on this private, customizable wine tour from Bilbao. Visit 3 top wineries to taste the bold, fruity red blends that put Rioja on the wine lover’s map, and admire the architectural styles of other estates, including one designed by Frank Gehry. Stroll inside the city walls of the medieval Basque town of Laguardia on a guided walking tour, and enjoy the flexibility of a private tour that's tailored to your group’s interests.


A Winery Tour & Tasting

A visit to 3 historic and emblematic wineries is included to highlight the absolute pinnacle and prestige of the La Rioja winemaking. These estates produce wine that rates in the top 100 of Rioja wines with more than 90 Parker Points. There will be tastings of both red and white wines so you will have a thorough overview of the La Rioja wine region. First, will visit a spectacular subterranean winery beneath a centuries old village in the beautiful Ebro Valley of the La Rioja wine country. This winery will include a 1 hour tour and 3 subsequent tastings of their premium wines only available to clients who visit this special winery.

2 Special Winery Visits

Our next visits will be tasting experiences at boutique family-run wineries. We will have tastings of the most premium wines from their oldest vines. You will also get to sample their limited-quantity olive oil with fresh bread, cheese and chorizo.

Medieval Village of LaGuardia

We will then head to the 10th century village of Laguardia for a walking tour through the charming streets. We will stop for lunch at a local restaurant or pintxo/tapas bar depending on your preference and appetite. After lunch, we will take a leisurely stroll through the beautiful town pointing out sites of interest. There is also amazing photo opportunities of the entirety of the beautiful Ebro Valley. Outside of LaGuardia there is an elevated view point that offers stunning photo opportunities of the Sierra Cantabria mountain range.

Stunning Architecture

We will then take you to see the Frank Gehry designed Hotel Marques de Riscal for photos and a walk through the vineyards. We know of a beautiful spot above the winery to take some memorable photos framing the mountains and vineyards lining the valley.

Does this look like fun? Book today!
  • Private tour
  • 1 formal winery tour lasting approximately 1 hour with 3 tastings and appetizer
  • 2 additional winery visits with 3-4 tastings at each along with artisanal olive oil, cheese and fresh bread
  • Basque local guide/driver
  • Private premium vehicle and all transportation costs (fuel, parking and tolls)
Not Included
  • Other food and drinks
  • Entrances to venues, museums, etc...
  • Any other not specified items in the tour description
  • 525€ (total) for groups of 2
  • 595€ (total) for groups of 3
  • 665€ (total) for groups of 4
  • For larger groups please contact us for a price quote.
  • Start time: 8:30am
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Tour starts and finishes at your hotel/port of Bilbao
  • Fully insured and licensed by the Basque Government

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