Over the past 10 years, a lot of vineyards have appeared in Spain. They can be immediately included in the list of the best modern architecture! During this tour, you will visit the most ambitious wineries of Rioja, participate in the numerous wine tastings and wine-gastronomic master-classes and sports competitions and visit the most beautiful cities of the wine region.
If you want to embrace the spirit of real Spain and see the vast fields of grapes, you should go down to the “inner sanctum” of every Spaniard – wine cellars, see the process of production of this noble drink and taste different sorts of wine. Welcome to the wine region Rioja Alavesa!
We will live in the medieval city of Laguardia, the capital of the wine region Rioja Alavesa in the Basque Country, – the fortified medieval bastion, located on the top of the hill and surrounded by the endless vineyards. Bucolic life!
Life in this city goes on just like hundreds of years ago- without haste. People work in the vineyards and savor the good wines at noon (or in Spanish “siesta”) with their friends. The whole city of Laguardia consists of several medieval streets surrounded by the high and well-preserved castle wall with 5 towers. The new quarters grew around the castle walls without breaking the rural idyllic. The city sits completely on the medieval wine cellars.
Accommodation at the comfortable SPA hotel ****, situated in the medieval city of Laguardia, not far from the elite vineyards. Guests can use the open swimming pool, SPA-procedures with wine and oils and a free WiFi. The hotel has spacious rooms with the wooden floor and elegant interior. All the rooms have air-condition, flat screen TV with satellite channels and a working table. The hotel includes restaurant with a la carte and bistro service. The guests can also visit café-bar and terrace with a great view of the hotel garden. In your own SPA-salon, you can order different therapeutic procedures with the use of wine and oils. The hotel is located 45 km from Vitoria-Gasteiz, and the car ride to Bilbao and Pamplona takes about one hour and a half. You can get to Logroño in 20 minutes.
1 day. Meeting at the airport of Bilbao, transfer to the hotel of Laguardia with a view of vineyards.
Visit to the wine-gastronomic center “Villa Lucia” in Laguardia. This center is located among the vineyards and is fully devoted to wine. Here you will get the unique impressions from the 4D experience “The Earth of Dream”. Tasting of wine and traditional snacks of Rioja.
Lunch on the glass terrace with a view of the vineyards. Tasting menu with the best Rioja wines and Spanish delicacies accompanied by the best wines of La Rioja.
2 day. Excursion to the ancient city of Laguardia, during which you will learn about the rich history of the city. Visit to one of the oldest wine cellars of the region, and for contrast – the ultra-modern “bodega”. Wine tasting and lunch at the wine restaurant.
Visit to the winery in the historical center of medieval Laguardia, whose warehouses are located 7 m under the palace of the XVII century. During the visit, we will not only know the story of this legendary vineyard, but also taste its best wines.
Lunch in the ultra-modern winery with the best views of the vineyards and the landscapes of Rioja.
Tasting menu of 4 dishes with maridaje and 4 wines.
After the lunch, we’ll go on an excursion to the wine cellars, surrounded by the endless wine fields and mountains of Cantabria. The visitors are usually impressed by the design, beauty and color contrasts of the building. The wine cellars are located at 7 levels, where gravity plays a special role in the production of unique wines.
Transfer and city hour with the guide in Vitoria, the Gastronomic Capital of Spain of 2014. During the excursion, we will visit the main attractions of the capital of the Basque Country: Plaza de España, Plaza de la Virgen Blanca, the palaces of Suso and Monte Hermoso, medieval city wall, etc. We will find out who Seledon is and what the “perfect Basque” must be. And the unique offer of Vitoria: visit to the restoration work of the gothic cathedral of the XII century Santa Maria.
In the end of the visit, you’ll have a tasting dinner “show cooking” at one of the best restaurants of fusion kitchen, where the local chef will (in a fun way) prepare the traditional dishes, made according to the modern recipes, as well as maridaje for the dishes with cocktails.
Dinner and transfer to the hotel.
3 day. Participation in “la vendimia” (grape harvest).
Autumn is the time of grape harvest in Spain, where grape is the main crop. It’s the time of the endless holiday, feast of wine and grape. We suggest that you plunge into this festive atmosphere of Spanish wine-making culture.
Visit to the winery of Vivanco family and the Museum of Wine Culture, devoted to the 8000-year wine history.
Tour of the winery “Vivanco” and visit to the Museum.
Wine tasting lunch at the restaurant of Vivanco.
In the evening, you will visit the capital of the wine region La Rioja – Logroño. Pincho-tour in the famous street of Logroño – Laurel with tasting the traditional Spanish snacks.
4 day. Active rest “team-building” and team competition in the open. Today you’ll take part in the traditional team competitions of the Basque Country (rural sports, such as sokatira, txapela, mazorcas and txingas).
Then we will visit the “wine cities” – winery “Marques de Riscal” – the most ambitious project of the winery of the XXI century and the main attraction of the region Rioja Alavesa. The building was made by the most outstanding architect of the XXI century – Frank Owen Gehry and is considered the most expensive project of the vineyard. Excursion to the winery, wine cellars and wine tasting.
5 day. Free time, transfer to the airport. Flight home.
Depending on the time of departure, on that day you can take a tour to the wineries “Txakoli” – the traditional wine of the Basque kitchen.
Visit to the winery of Guetaria, where the most famous sorts of this wine (with D.O.) are produced. Tasting of “Txakoli” wines. Before leaving for the airport of Bilbao, we’ll make a small tour of the glamorous capital of Spain and Basque Country – San Sebastian. Tasting of pinchos, wine and cider in one of the best bars of the city.