5-Day Rioja Wine and Architecture Tour from Bilbao

5-Day Rioja Wine and Architecture Tour from Bilbao

Enjoy the chance to witness the most spectacular wineries of the Rioja and Ribera del Duero

Tour type: Private , Duration: 5 Days / 4 Nights

Product ID: 53798
Description

Discover the amazing wines and architecture of Rioja with this 5 day wine tour in Northern Spain which will give you the chance to witness the most spectacular wineries of the Rioja and Ribera del Duero.
 
You will be staying at Marqués de Riscal, one of the oldest and most traditional of Rioja’s Bodegas. Opening for business in 1860, the winery was most notable for its pioneering nature and innovative, non-conformist practices. Today, this is epitomised by their 21st century hotel, a masterpiece unveiled in 2006 by designer Frank O. Gehry. Gehry’s architecture is renowned throughout the world, from the Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles to the Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris, as well as the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao (another must see whilst in the area). 
Itinerary:
 
Day 1: Upon arrival in Bilbao, you will be transferred to La Rioja in a chauffeured vehicle. After settling in to your Spa Wing room at the 5 star Hotel Marqués de Riscal, you will be welcomed at their award-winning winery and one of the oldest and most traditional of Rioja’s Bodegas. Opening for business in 1860, the winery was...

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Discover the amazing wines and architecture of Rioja with this 5 day wine tour in Northern Spain which will give you the chance to witness the most spectacular wineries of the Rioja and Ribera del Duero.
 
You will be staying at Marqués de Riscal, one of the oldest and most traditional of Rioja’s Bodegas. Opening for business in 1860, the winery was most notable for its pioneering nature and innovative, non-conformist practices. Today, this is epitomised by their 21st century hotel, a masterpiece unveiled in 2006 by designer Frank O. Gehry. Gehry’s architecture is renowned throughout the world, from the Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles to the Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris, as well as the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao (another must see whilst in the area). 
Itinerary:
 
Day 1: Upon arrival in Bilbao, you will be transferred to La Rioja in a chauffeured vehicle. After settling in to your Spa Wing room at the 5 star Hotel Marqués de Riscal, you will be welcomed at their award-winning winery and one of the oldest and most traditional of Rioja’s Bodegas. Opening for business in 1860, the winery was most notable for its pioneering nature and innovative, non-conformist practices. Today, this is epitomised by their 21st century hotel, a masterpiece unveiled in 2006 by designer Frank O. Gehry. Gehry’s architecture is renowned throughout the world, from the Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles to the Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris, as well as the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. Enjoy a fascinating and informative tour of the production process, as well as the barrel room.
The tour will conclude with tastings of Marqués de Riscal wines. In the evening, a welcome dinner will be served in the hotel’s Michelin starred restaurant.
 
Day 2: After breakfast, you will be met at the hotel by a specialist driver/guide who will accompany you through out the day on a private basis. During the day she will entertain you with fascinating historical and cultural anecdotes as well as her extensive wine knowledge.
You will first visit the Bodega Tobelos. The winery is a true avant-garde building which is in complete contrast to the classic aesthetics of its surroundings. Enjoy a full tour of the facilities followed by a tasting of two of the estate’s sought-after wines.
You will then be taken to Ysios, a stunning winery at the foot of the Sierra de Cantabria mountain range. Designed by Santiago Calatrava, the ultra modern and unique estate is fascinatingly integrated into the landscape. You will firstly walk in the vineyards before being taken on a tour of the winemaking facilities and the cellars. The tour will conclude with two tastings accompanied by some nibbles.
You will then enjoy a visit at Baigorri, another breathtaking Bodega, which was designed and built by the architect Iñaki Aspiazu. The estate is an architectural reference in the region and a true sight to behold. Enjoy a guided tour of the estate followed by a delicious four course tasting lunch where each course will be paired with the estate’s wines.
After returning to the hotel to freshen up and have a siesta, you will be taken for a tasting session of three premium Rioja wines with platters of local tapas. You will then have time to participate in the traditional evening tapas run on the famous Calle Laurel in the town of Logroño.
 
Day 3:  After breakfast, check out of the hotel and take your luggage with you. Your guide will return and accompany you to a family run winery to see the region’s wine production on a smaller scale.
The second stop will be Bodegas Portia, designed by the famous and prestigious British architect Sir Norman Foster. The winery, a symbol of modernity, resembles a three-pointed star and is surrounded by enchanting vineyards. You will be taken on a guided tour of the estate followed by a tasting session and lunch.
Your guide will then escort you to Abadia Retuerta, nestled at the heart of Ribera del Duero. Built within an 12th century old abbey, Abadia Retuerta is one of the only abbeys to have survived the wave of destruction during the Napoleonic years and is today a Spanish cultural heritage site. The abbey and monasteries have a unique Baroque-Romanesque style as well as a classic Benedictine layout.
After checking into your classic room at the estate you will be taken on a tour including a 4×4 ride through the vineyards, a tour of the winemaking facilities, a visit to the Abbey of Santa María de Retuerta, as well as a tutored tasting of two wines.
In the evening a mouth watering eight course wine tasting menu will be served at the Abadia’s Michelin-starred gourmet restaurant.
Day 4: After breakfast, your guide will return and accompany you on a visit at Viña Mayor. Founded in 1986 in the wake of the birth of the official Denominación de Origen Ribera del Duero certification, the estate boasts a worldwide reputation. You will enjoy a tour of the estate followed by a tasting of all the estate’s wines. A three course lunch will then be served in a traditional Spanish restaurant. Each course will be served alongside a local wine, and you will have the opportunity to taste the region’s speciality, “lechazo asada". This leg of suckling lamb is roasted in a traditional stone oven until deliciously crispy.
In the afternoon, you will be welcomed as the guest of the Bodegas Protos. Protos, meaning first in Greek, is a constantly growing estate. The winery was designed by Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners and Alonso Balaguer y Arquitectos Asociados. This creative building is built partly underground in order to make the most of the cool temperatures and partly above the ground with a structure which is reminiscent of the vault-shaped wineries. You will be taken on a guided tour of the estate and enjoy a tasting session of their wines.
Ending the day in true style, you will then visit Pago de Carraovejas for a tour and tastings. This estate is characteristic of the region’s ultra-modern and gravity-focused wineries. Occupying more than 26,000 square metres, the estate is flanked by beautiful plazas which offer impressive views across the vineyards.
 
Day 5: After breakfast and check out you will be taken to Bilbao airport in a chauffeured vehicle.
Please note-These prices are realistic guide prices, based on travel in standard season (usually April to the end of October). Discounts often apply for travel during out of season (usually November to the end of March) or if there are more than two of you traveling together. Please let us know your preferred travel dates for a definitive price.

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About this activity
Tour Timings
Available mid-week and weekends throughout the year
Group size
2 - 6
Languages
English, Italian
The meeting point
Select date and participants:
Includes
  • 4-nights accommodation in a 5 star hotel with breakfast
  • Three lunches and two dinners
  • Visits to 12 wineries
  • Wine tastings (approx. 24 wines tasted)
  • Return transfers to and from Bilbao
  • Transfer to Ribera del Duero
  • Three full days guided and transported tours

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Payment Policy

£10 per person deposit payable to secure your reservation (or 20% if the price of your trip exceeds £500 per person)

Final balance payable 60 days before date of departure.

Currency conversion is supplied as a guide only; the exchange rate used by your bank may vary. The final payment will be charged in the local or original local currency shown.

Currency conversion is supplied as a guide only; the exchange rate used by your bank may vary. The final payment will be charged in the local or original local currency shown.


Cancellation Policy

  • Cancellation charge per person cancelling 60 days or more - loss of deposit;
  • 59-28 days - 50%;
  • 27-14 days - 70%; 
  • 13-8 days - 90%
  • 7 days or less - 100%. 
  • As all customers are required to have adequate travel insurance, you should contact your insurer to see if any of these charges will be refunded by them. This will depend on the terms of your policy and your reason for cancelling. 

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Jenna

Created in 2004 by wine connoisseurs, we are a specialist wine tour operator offering a broad selection of holidays and trips to the premium wine regions of France, Italy and Spain. From our traditional Premium tours to the regions of Champagne, Bordeaux and Burgundy to bespoke self-drive circuits and birthday weekends, our expertise is creating perfect trips for individuals, groups or companies. We have a large number of clients who return to us year on year and many more come through recommendations. The reason we attract such loyalty from customers is that not only do we provide an excellent trip, we also pride ourselves on giving superb customer service.


Product ID: 53798

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