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.
*Please be aware that the visits to these wineries are semi-private as the cellars generally experience high-demand.
Expert Local Guide
Hotel Pick Up & Drop off in luxury transport
Visit to Marques de Riscal, Ysios and a small cellar from the XVI century
Delicious Riojano Lunch
Visit to Laguardia
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).
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.
DELICIOUS RIOJANO LUNCH
The next part of our Architectural Rioja tour is a traditional Riojano lunch in one of the most renowned restaurants of the area. Lunch will be prepared with seasonal products and of course, paired with quality Rioja wine.
What to expect:
Option 1. Simple (but delicious) three course Riojano lunch with wine.
Option 2. Upgrade. Only for private tours - Gourmet lunch with tasting menu overlooking the vineyards with some of the finest wines.
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).
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. 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 wineries we went to where totally unique and family owned"