The Best of Basque

The Essential La Rioja Wine Experience

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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.

Itinerary

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.

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La Rioja Wine Tour Price

Included
  • 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
Price
  • 535€ (total) for groups of 2
  • 635€ (total) for groups of 3
  • 735€ (total) for groups of 4
  • For larger groups please contact us for a price quote.
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Details
  • 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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Sightsee791036
Sightsee791036
27 June 2024
Brilliant food tour! A great experience, we discovered places and dishes we wouldn't have found by ourselves. Olaia was a very fun and informative guide, highly recommend this food tour!
Jack M
Jack M
26 June 2024
Delightful Really lovely experience. Olaia the guide was amazing and the food and drink was super tasty also. Recommend if you want some local spots of Blibao
Paradise783206
Paradise783206
26 June 2024
Excellent tour guide and food recommendations I was so glad I booked this. It was really great value and we got to try so many different pinxtos and local drinks that I would have never known about. Our guide, Olaia, was fantastic and made sure everyone felt looked after. She was able to give us so many hints and tips about what to check out around the city. Would recommend to anyone as one of your first stops in Bilbao.
Lauren F
Lauren F
25 June 2024
Beautiful and fascinating trip A wonderful trip! Jani was an amazing guide and told us about the area’s history as well as guiding us on the beautiful hike! Jani adjusted the pace of the hike to match our needs so we all had a great experience! Thank you!
Mike1903
Mike1903
25 June 2024
Highly recommended!! This tour was fantastic and I would recommend it to anyone who appreciates food and wine; and wants to experience this important aspect of Basque culture. Our guide, Olaia, was charming, helpful and very accommodating, she went out of her way to ensure the whole group had a good time.
Anna F
Anna F
24 June 2024
Heerlijk eten en drinken, zeker aan te raden! We hebben een hele leuke avond gehad tijdens deze culinaire tour door Bilbao. Olaia was heel enthousiast en nam ons mee naar de beste pintxo plekjes in old town. Ook vertelde over de geschiedenis van de stad en het eten. Zeker aan te raden!
StarletScarlet
StarletScarlet
23 June 2024
Just book!! Fabulous foodie experience with an enthusiastic and friendly guide. We had a fabulous time and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend! This was such a great way to experience Bilbao and learn about Basque culture. Definitely our Bilbao highlight!
Kwoo75
Kwoo75
23 June 2024
Superb 5 star Experience! This experience was the highlight of our time in Bilbao, amazing 5star guide, stunning food, gorgeous wine (and cider) plus we were so lucky as our group consisted of all different nationalities and what a fantastic group it was! Highly recommend.
John T
John T
22 June 2024
A Perfect Evening of Pinchos and Wine. Started in Bilbao’s Old Town with a selection of pinchos paired with wine, Spanish of course. Local guide irena was festive, patient and knowledgeable. Her enthusiasm was infectious, I came from a similar tapas tour in Madrid and this one was more substantial and more interesting.
Pathfinder284
Pathfinder284
22 June 2024
Amazing food tour, worth every penny. Great food tour, informative, fun and good value for money. Olaia was a wonderful guide, enthusiastic and passionate about her country.
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