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The Best Private Rioja Wine Tasting Tours High End Wineries, outdoor BBQ in a Vineyard, Famous Winemakers, Ultimate Architecture

RIOJA WINE TASTING TOUR

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Book for 2 PAX - TOTAL 595 EUROS
  • Book for 2 PAX - TOTAL 595 EUROSThis is private tour, so it will be just the 2 OF YOU with our guide!Start Time: 08:15
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Departure & Return Location

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. 

Price Includes

  • Local guide, specialized in Wine Tours
  • Luxury Mercedes Benz Van TransportationOUR MERCEDES VANS CAN ACCOMMODATE UP TO 7 GUESTS, IF YOU ARE MORE, WE WILL USE A MINIBUS
  • Tastings in up to 4 different wineries (3 wines in each, minimum)
  • Tapas Style lunch in a winery OR in a local restaurant (includes wine)
  • Lots of information about Rioja, its wines, inhabitants, lifestyle and geography, so you can become a real Rioja Expert once you go back home!

Departure Time / Return Time

Leaving at 8:15 AM and returning from Rioja, sometime between 6:00 & 7:00pm. 

 

Price Excludes

  • Any wine purchases ( Totally optional)
  • Any Private Expenses

Complimentary

  • Bottled Mineral Water
Tour Details

4 Wineries, from Classical to family owned boutiques, All with 90+ Parker point wines

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

TRADITIONAL HOT & COLD TAPAS BASED LUNCH IN A WINERY

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 .

MEDIEVAL STYLE VILLAGE OF LAGUARDIA & ICONIC ARCHITECTURE WINERIES

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 If the wineries are not available for lunch, we will upgrade to a 3 course lunch with wine in a local restaurant
Itinerary

8:15 AMDEPART FROM YOUR ACCOMMODATION IN SAN SEBASTIAN

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!!

 

10:00AM to 1:30PM WINE TASTING SESSIONS IN UP TO 4 WINERIES

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

1:30 TO 14:30LUNCHTIME

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

2:30PM TO 4:30PMLAGUARDIA AND YSIOS & MARQUES DEL RISCAL WINEIES PICTURES

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

6:00PM TO 7:00PMARRIVE BACK TO YOUR HOTEL IN San Sebastian

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.

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TRANSPORTATION
LUXURY MERCEDES BENZ 8 SEATER VANS
FAQ

TIMING:How long does it take to GET TO RIOJA FROM San Sebastian?

The way from San Sebastian to Rioja, having normal traffic conditions, takes about an hour and a half.

TIMING:How long is a WINE TASTING TOUR IN RIOJA?

The tour will take around nine to ten hours approximately. We will meet you indoor Hotel/Apartment at 8:15am, and we will let you off again in your place, sometime between 5:30 and 6:30pm.
It all depends on the wineries, the restaurant, and the traffic!

WINERIES:Do we visit TOP WINERIES IN RIOJA?

At Basque Tours we are committed to take our guest to the wineries with the best wines and the closest personal treat.

WINERIES:Are we going to see, touch, walk around SOME VINEYARDS during the tour?

Yes, stepping on the land is a scheduled stop in our tours as we think the magic happens in the fields.

WINERIES:Is it possible to BUY WINE during the tour?

Of course. At the end of the tastings you will have time to buy as many bottles (or cases) as you want.

WINERIES:Do the wineries have DOOR TO DOOR SHIPPING SERVICES?

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.

 

LUNCH:Are we going TO HAVE LUNCH IN A WINERY?

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.

 

SIGHTSEEING:Will we be able to take pictures of ICONIC WINERIES OF RIOJA?

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

 

SIGHTSEEING:Do we visit anything else during the tour?

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.

TRANSPORTATION:Is all transportation included in the price?

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.