9 HOURS TOUR
€225 PER PERSON
Price includes private guide, visit to two wineries and 3 course Riojano lunch.
Think fortified walls and narrow cobbled streets, surrounded by vineyards and mountains.
2 WORLD-RENOWNED ARCHITECTURAL WINERIES
Discover the magnificence of Rioja through a perfect fusion of vineyards, excellent wines & renowned architects
UP TO 72 HOURS
We know how much things can change when travelling. That´s why we offer you Free Cancellation up to 72 hours before the tour starts
LUNCH WITH WINE INCLUDED
This tour reaches gastronomical perfection when you mix the best wineries with extraordinary food
Bring your camera as we will take you to secret view points spots for the most unforgettable pictures
Semi - Private: €225 per person
Thursday to Sunday at 8:30am (approx 9 hours)
Maximum 7 People
Private tours run everyday at 8:30am (approx 9 hours)
Private Tour for 2px: €325per person
Private Tour for 3-4px: €275 per person
Private Tour for 5-7px: €225 per person
What To Expect
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 winery is set in Eltziego (Rioja Alavesa) and is one of the oldest wineries of the region. An incredible beautiful building built with titanium, stainless steel, wood and sandstone.
What to expect:
Guided winery visit (including the visit to the vineyards for stunning pictures of the building)
Taste three of their most representative wines: their famous white wine and two red wines: a crianza and their award winning Rioja Reserva (minimum of three years ageing).
VISIT YSIOS WINERY
In this tour we will also visit 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 making the new style Rioja wines where the vineyard is the focus. For this purpose they use only the oldest vineyards (some of them pre-phylloxera) making 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 example)
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.
DELICIOUS RIOJANO LUNCH
Enjoy a variety of 3 lovely local pintxos (the Basque tapas) with Rioja wine
PLEASE BARE IN MIND:
In case one of these wineries (Marques de Riscal or Ysios) were fully booked we will take you to the outside of the building to take some pictures and will compensate you by visiting another exceptional winery. Some of those wineries could be:
Viña Real winery, constructed in the form of a massive fermenting oak barrel, designed by the French Architect Philippe Maziéres
Bodegas Baigorri winery, designed with an innovative glass structure 35 meters underground, designed by the Basque architect Iñaki Aspiazu
Bodegas Lopez de Heredia, designed by Zaha Hadid in El Barrio de la Estación de Haro
Bodegas Conde de los Andes with the biggest underground cellar structure of all Rioja
*Please be aware that the visits to these wineries are semi-private as the cellars generally experience high-demand
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.
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.
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. We had 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 wineries we went to where totally unique and family owned"