Architectural Rioja Wine Tour from Bilbao 

Discover the most architecturally stunning cellars of renowned architects Franck Gehry, Santiago Calatrava or Zahara Zahid

The Rioja Region is unique in that it has wineries that produce excellent wines but also boast world-renowned architecture. In this tour you will be able to discover the magnificence of Rioja through a perfect fusion of vineyards, excellent wines and renowned architects.

 

*Private transport in a 4x4 Range Rover Sport, Land Rover Discovery or Mercedes Viano

*Please be aware that the visits to these wineries are semi-private as the cellars generally experience high-demand

*This tour can be adapted to your specific preferences and requirements, for example, if you have a cellar in mind that you like to visit, we will explore adding it to the itinerary for you

Private Tour & Guide

Hotel Pick Up & Drop off in Range Rover Sport

Visit to Marques de Riscal, Ysios and a small cellar from the XVI century

Delicious Riojano Lunch 

Visit to Laguardia

1. MARQUES DE RISCAL WINERY

We will start our Architectural Rioja Tour from Bilbao with a guided visit of the Marques de Riscal winery designed by one of todays leading architects, Franck Gehry. (Also famed for the Guggeheim museum in Bilbao)

The three colours used in the roof imitating the famous old bottles of the winery are an example of how the many facets of this are building are at one with its surroundings.

What to expect:

  • Guided winery visit (including the visit to the vineyards for stunning pictures of the building)

  • Taste two of their most representative wines: their famous white wine and their red Rioja Reserva (minimum of three years ageing).

Our knowledge of the area, priority access and driving removes the hassle so you can enjoy every sip of the finest Rioja wines

2. LAGUARDIA

We will head to Laguardia for a walk through the beautiful walled, medieval city of LaGuardia, with its underground cellars and wineries. Laguardia is both an architectural marvel and one of the most beautiful towns in the Rioja Alavesa region, if not all of Spain.

What to expect:

  • Walk around this stunning medieval village. Think fortified walls and narrow cobbled streets, surrounded by vineyards and mountains. 

  • We will have a glass of wine and a small Pintxo (Basque tapa) in an underground cellar dating from the XVI century.

3. DELICIOUS  RIOJANO LUNCH

The next part of our private Rioja tour is lunch at one of the best restaurants in the region.We provide two wonderful options for lunch both of them will be prepared with seasonal products and of course, paired with quality Rioja wine.

What to expect:

  • Option 1. Gourmet lunch with tasting menu overlooking the vineyards with some of the finest wines.

  • Option 2. Simple (but delicious) three course Riojano lunch with wine.

4. VISIT YSIOS WINERY

Our last winery visit would be to the Ysios cellar designed by Santiago Calatrava. The structure boasts many architectural features, for example, the roof aims to simulate te Sierra Cantabria (the mountain range that importantly helps to create the Rioja micro climate). 

The type of wines made at this cellar are of the highest quality. Using their very old vineyards they prefer to only make Reservas (minimum of 3 years of ageing) and Gran Reservas (minimum5 years of ageing).

What to expect:

  • Quick introduction to the winery and wine making process in their cellar

  • You will have a tutored tasting where you will taste two of their remarkable wines with an aperitif (Iberian ham for exmaple).

Prices: pick-up from Bilbao or Rioja Wine Region

Above itinerary included in full - no additional charges. For pick up from San Sebastian request a quote

Private: 2 people

Private: 3-6 people

Larger Groups

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€250 per person

€300 per person

Private - 2 people

€350 per person

Private: 3-6 people

€300 per person

Larger Groups

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Option 1: 3 course lunch with Rioja wine

Option 2: Gourmet tasting lunch with Rioja wine

What our clients say in our Tripadvisor page

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WHY US?

Reliable

We are small family business, fully insured and licensed in La Rioja.

We only offer the best Riojan quality, from transport and service to  food and wine.

We have over five years' experience conducting tours in La Rioja.

For your comfort and safety our Rioja private tours conducted in a 4x4 Range Rover Sport or Mercedes Viano.

We accept all types of debit/credit cards.

Authentic

We partner with small family businesses in La Rioja, who maintain respect for sustainability and authenticity. 

 

The way we approach wine is with passion as we considerate it  an art. The cellars and wineries we visit on our Rioja private tour have a great history behind them.

We partner with traditional local restaurants in La Rioja, which use only seasonal produce.

We visit small Riojan towns & villages that you won't find in the travel guides.

Knowledgeable

We are a team of four with a background in the wine and gastronomy world and excellent knowledge of La Rioja.

 

Our team are locals who genuinely love and know the La Rioja inside out.

Whilst we have carefully planned our Rioja private tour, we aim to cater to our clients' needs, and  will adjust the itinerary as required.

With us you will not feel like you are on a Rioja tour, but rather having an experience with local friends.

"Exceed all our expectations. Irene was the perfect host with great knowledge of wine and the Rioja region "

"A great choice if you are looking to have exclusive access to cellars and a completely personalised experience"

"One of the greatest private wine tours that we have ever made. Very high-end quality selection of wines, stunning lunch and  luxurious transport"

"Our tour through Rioja was an unforgettable experience. The families we went to where totally unique and family owned"

CONTACT US

Contact us with your requirements and to reserve your dates!
You can reach us on WhatsApp, send us an email or fill-out the form below and we will be in touch, usually straight away, but in case we are all on experiences, at least within 24 hours.

+34 627 02 27 80