Being a PRIVATE TOUR, we will meet you in your Hotel or Apartment at 8:15am to start the tour, and we will also let you off in your place at the end of the day.
Leaving at 8:15 AM and returning from Rioja, sometime between 6:00 & 7:00pm.
We’ll meet you at 8:15am. at your hotel or Apartment in San Sebastian ( or other location) to start this great wine tour.
The way to Rioja goes through beautiful Basque Countryside scenery, passing through lush green mountain and valleys to arrive in the more dry and agriculture based Rioja Wine Region.
along the way , our guide will introduce you to the Rioja wine region lifestyle, from the technical part of the wine production details, grape varieties, wine classification rules, labeling to the more human side of Rioja, with lovely stories about its inhabitants, geography, culture, religion etc
Teh drive from San Sebastian to Rioja takes about 1,5 hours, and we are sure you will think it jsust been a 10 minute drive, with all our stories, and some gossip too!!
We will get to 4 wineries, from Classical Rioja wineries to small boutique family owned ones, hopping in to their wine bars, to taste the best wine of each winery.
2 to 4 wines will be served in each winery, and those wines will always be over 90 Parker Points
For lunchtime, we will head to a winery, where you will be served a traditional Riojan style Hot & Cold tapas based meal paired with Rioja red wine.
Lunch could be served in an outdoor terrace, overlooking their vineyards or at a unique private cellar carved out of the bedrock .
If the wineries are not available for lunch, we will upgrade to a 3 course lunch with wine in a local restaurant
Situated on a hill and surrounded by a 13th century wall, it is a natural balcony towards the wine region. Its streets and corners preserved medieval taste great and economy is based on the wine industry with many subterranean cave-wine-cellars.
We will take you to get external views & photo opportunities of the unique architecture wineries as Marques del Riscal & Ysios
After a glorious day , tasting some of the best Rioaj wines, and making sure you learnt a lot about these wonderful wine regions and its wines, we will let you off with a big smile and probably with some bottles of wine, in your hotel.
The way from San Sebastian to Rioja, having normal traffic conditions, takes about an hour and a half.
At Basque Tours we are committed to take our guest to the wineries with the best wines and the closest personal treat.
Yes, stepping on the land is a scheduled stop in our tours as we think the magic happens in the fields.
Of course. At the end of the tastings you will have time to buy as many bottles (or cases) as you want.
Yes. All the wineries we work with have specialized shipping services available. The shipping company will take care of your bottles until delivery at the door of you home.
Most of our tours include lunch in a historical winery. However sometimes this option is not available. When this happens we take our guests to selected local cuisine restaurants in the area.
Yes. During the tour our guide will make some stops in the way so you can take the best shots of the landscape and beautiful wine estates in Rioja
Yes. The village of Laguardia is considered one of the most beautiful ones in Spain. Taking a walk through its narrow medieval street is mandatory.
Yes! All in. For up to 7 pax, we use our own Mercedes Benz Vans, with individual and reclinable seats( you would love these seats in your way back from Rioja!!). If your party is bigger than 7 pax, we will use a Minibus/Bus for the day.