Rioja produces wine since ancient Roman times. Taste terrific wines and discover small charming villages from Middle Ages. It’s no accident that when phylloxera hit Bordeaux in the late 19th century, French winemakers chose Rioja as a location to make wines for the French market.
Not only will you have a chance to access remarkable wineries but also you will try astonishing new style wines that express a sense of place. Winemakers are making wines that reveal the terroir of the region, village, estate, and, increasingly, the vineyard.
Embark on a dream exploration of the three subregions of Rioja – Rioja Baja, Rioja Alta and Rioja Alavesa – in this 7-day inspiring wine route.
Bilbao - Rioja Baja - Logroño
Logroño - Rioja Alta - Logroño
Logroño - Laguardia
Laguardia - Rioja Alavesa - Laguardia
Laguardia - Elciego - San V. de la Sonsierra - Ezcaray
Ezcaray - Haro - Ezcaray
Ezcaray, end of journey
IDEAL LENGTH: 6 NIGHTS ✧ WHEN TO GO: ALL YEAR ROUND
Transfer from Bilbao to Logroño, capital of La Rioja, but on the way you will stop for a very personal first winery visit framed in the subregion Rioja Baja.
First stop at the vineyards, next to the urban cellar in the city Logroño.
Lunch is foreseen in a restaurant in Logroño (we will make the reservation on your behalf).
Free afternoon to relax.
In the afternoon, we propose a guided private tour of Logroño (2 hours) followed by a fun pintxos tour; Laurel street is one of the main pintxos streets in all Spain and you cannot miss the experience.Dinner
Hotel Boutique, Logroño
Ready for a second day of wines, visit to two major bodegas in Rioja Alta subregion:
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Back to Logroño, free evening.Breakfast, lunch
After breakfast, your driver will gently take you to Laguardia, in Rioja Alavesa wine region, where you will spend your two next days. Check-in, and be welcome by your local host, a personality in the city.
She will accompany you in a very personal city tour, a very unique experience that will unveil many secrets.
Then she will take you to an historical winery in the heart of town, Bodegas Primicia, dating back 1420. The place itself deserves to be visited, know about their wines and enjoy a hearty meal.
Free evening and enjoy like a local one of the most beautiful villages of Spain.Breakfast, lunch
Hotel Boutique, Laguardia
Let’s move today to Rioja Alavesa to explore a unique rioja region. Today you will discover two of the best Rioja wineries. First, step into the vineyards and discover the terroir of one of the most prestigious wine lands: the soils, the Sierra Cantabria mountain ranges, winds and rainfalls, everything counts.
After the visit, time for lunch, we will decide together whether you prefer a picnic option or a restaurant, and we will arrange it all.
After a restorative meal, you will head to the second winery. You will taste first class wines all the day through.
At the end of the second visit, transfer to Laguardia. Free evening to enjoy the lovely Medieval small town at your own pace. We will provide nice addresses or you might have made your bucket list the day before.Breakfast, lunch (optional)
Hotel Boutique, Laguardia
SAN VICENTE DE LA SONSIERRA
You will leave Laguardia after breakfast towards Ezcaray, on the way you will stop in Elciego to admire the facade from Marqués de Riscal by Frank Ghery.
Then, keep going and reach the lovely city of San Vicente de la Sonsierra, where the dizzying views over the meanders of the Ebro river should not overshadow a walled town with a medieval bridge, wine presses and, of course, plenty of wineries.
After the lovely guided tour, it is time for the first winery today, and you will visit a unique family run bodega that will make you feel at home. Lunch in the winery will be set.
WINE BAR IN THE VINEYARDS
After lunch, en route towards Ezcaray, what a lovely pause it would be to sit amid the vineyards, be served some of the best bodega wines in a guided tasting and then, see the time passing by. When you feel ready, back to your car to arrive to Hotel Echaurren in Ezcaray.
Internationally known for the mohair wool blankets. Loewe, Hermès, Armani o Céline are some of the clients. Since the 15th century we have had master carders, tundidores, dyers and weavers. The passage of time and industrialization provoked a single manufacturer has survived and he is the sole manufacturer left in Spain of craft Mohair, Cashmere and Alpaca wool blankets.Breakfast, lunch
Hotel Echaurren, Relais & Châteaux
HARO'S STATION DISTRICT
It is time to visit Haro’s Station District, internationally known for concentrating the largest number of century-old wineries in the world. Some of the big names are located here such as Bodegas Muga, Viña Tondonia, CVNE, Bodegas Gómez Cruzado, Bodegas Rioja Alta and Bodegas Bilbaínas. Embark on a unique day visiting two of the most prestigious wineries, showing each a different face, the most rooted tradition and the new wave of oenologists all sharing a same territory and passion.
Depending on the time of the year and weather conditions you will enjoy a horse drawn carriage ride through the vineyards followed by a great wine tasting and picnic rustic lunch, a unique way to understand why this spot attracted some of the best winemakers.
Afterwards you will immerse in one of the oldest wineries in Haro and try some of their grandes reservas to appreciate their great aging potential. And before driving you back to the hotel, how does it sound to go and relax at the wine bar of some other mythic bodega?Breakfast
Hotel Echaurren, Relais & Châteaux
END OF JOURNEY
Today, private transfer to Bilbao airport, or to your next destination in case you decide to extend your trip.
This is an itinerary for your inspiration; the final route will be unique and tailor-made to your schedule, party details, objectives and travel personality. All private arrangements are quoted individually.
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Price & Booking Terms
- Every journey is tailor-made to your trip dates.
- 6-Night accommodation on bed and breakfast basis
- Meals as stated
- 9 Exclusive winery visits in DOCa Rioja
- Private city tours of Logroño and San Vicente de la Sonsierra & Entrance tickets to monuments
- Private Mercedes chauffeured transport throughout
- Restaurants bookings
- Airport private transfers
- All taxes
- International flights
- Personal purchases and expenses
- Travel insurance
We make every stay unique, where every detail counts. Therefore, we treat every request individually and we will present a curated selection of the properties that better suit your personality.
Every trip is quoted individually.
*Prices are in Euros
- At the time of reservation: 40% of journey cost per person
- 45 days before departure: Balance due
TERMS AND CONDITIONS:
- Payment method: Bank transfer or major credit cards are accepted (Visa, American Express, Mastercard)
You were truly instrumental in making our trip fantastic. Truthfully, I wish I were still there.
Many thanks and looking forward to something we can plan together again in the future. Abrazos,
Your restaurant choices were all very good as well.
As for the sherry and bodega visits, those were even more impressive. We had such a terrific time and the experiences were very personalized.
Thank you so much for arranging special tastings for us. It was absolutely incredible.
Everyone we met were so kind and welcoming. We are Sherry wine fans for life!!
We signed up and took a chance, and were rewarded greatly. The happy group is a testament to not only your planning and professionalism, but your kindness as well.
Hands down, best tour trip ever 🙂
So grateful for the opportunity to get to know all of you!
The trip was amazing in all aspects. We were really impressed with everything. The hotel choices were wonderful, the locations were perfect, the guides were terrific and very knowledgeable. Your restaurant choices were all very good as well.
As for the sherry and bodega visits, those were even more impressive. We had such a terrific time and the experiences were very personalized. Thank you so much for arranging special tastings for us. It was absolutely incredible. Everyone we met were so kind and welcoming. We are Sherry wine fans for life!!
I was so impressed with everything you arranged and your promptness and professionalism. Dillon had a wonderful time and was very complimentary.
Thank you for everything.
With gratitude, Star
Thank you so much for this helpful list! Gary and I are still talking about what a great time we had on the trip to Spain and how much we enjoyed meeting you, Fernando and Felix. You did an amazing job and we so appreciated seeing Spain's beautiful cities, historical treasures and of course the wonderful food, wine and people!
Gary and I wanted to thank you again for your continued care and concern as we spent three additional days in Madrid with the Millars. You and Fernando were so nice to make sure all went well and to see us off when we finally had to depart.
We are wishing you all the best and a wonderful holiday season ahead,
We had a winderful time particularly thanks to your superb arrangements. We will return! Arrivederci Marco
All the private excursions that she arranged were excellent. At some point during every tour our guide received a message from our agent checking in on how everything was going. We felt very well taken care of during our honeymoon and very thankful for all the assistance Valeska provided in making this dream vacation come true.