North of Spain Wine Route

Rioja, Ribera del Duero, Albariño and Txakoli

10 DAYS - 9 NIGHTS

 

INCLUDES: Accommodation in boutique hotel 4 * or higher. Oenology course. Visit to 19 wineries. 1 Wine therapy session. 1 session of thermal waters. Experience in vineyards by 4x4 vehicle. Breakfast, lunch and dinner in the best restaurants, some of them with a Michelin star. Private transport in 4x4 Range Rover Sport or Mercedes Viano. Certified sommelier guide.

Spain is one of the best countries to taste wine and thanks to the weather conditions of the North, Rioja and Ribera de Duero wines are probably the best regions. In this experience, taking in the vineyards we will travel through the North of Spain and its wonderful cities and towns. From cellar to cellar you will go home having tasted the best wines, sampled the best restaurants and savored an unparalleled scenery.

*This private tour can be adapted to your specific preferences and requirements. 

DAY 1: CASTRO URDIALES

  •  Arrive at Northern Spain Gastronomy HQ

  •  An Initiation in Tasting, Oenology and Viticulture in our typical Cantabrian villa and village, bordering the Basque country. We will teach you to understand Spanish wines, their origin, production, ageing process and quality.

  • Tasting wines from Rioja Denomination of Origin, Ribera de Duero, Rueda, Cava,Txacoli and Albariño. We will introduce you to some traditions such as pouring the typical Asturian cider or the way to check if a herb liquor has natural or added sugar. This will allow the route to be much more beneficial understanding the Spanish appellations of origin.

  • Lunch & Self-sufficiency - We will prepare some of the traditional dishes of Norther Spain using our outside ovens of wood and charcoal for cooking over their fading embers (suckling lamb, Asturian fabada, Basque txuleta, etc). They will be simple dishes full of flavor where the technique of how to cook will be the crucial part. If we are in season we will take everything necessary from our greenhouse and garden and we will explain the basis of self-sufficiency.

  • We will visit the beautiful fishing village of Castro Urdiales considered one of the most beautiful villages of Cantabria where its immense church stands on a cliff overlooking the sea. We will walk along its cobb, its port and around the castle.

​*Note -  depending on your time of arrival and the place of departure this first day may vary in your itinerary

DAY 2: CANTABRIA - ALBARIÑO

  • Cantabria is famous for its white wines and liquors.

  • We´ll visit a family winery for a wine tasting of white Albariño, sparkling wine and herb liquor  and  accompanying appetizers such as anchovies, bonito and chorizo.

  • We´ll try everything that Cantabria has to offer with a tasting menu lunch in a restaurant famous for its Trampantojos (nothing is what it seems), a stunning culinary and visual experience with local products and wine.

  • Visit to Santillana del Mar, the famous city of the three lies. This wonderful medieval town will surprise you with its cobbled streets and colourful houses.

  • Visit the ancient city of Comillas where you´ll visit "El Capricho" the most important building of Cantabria built by Antonio Gaudi. The building is inspired in music and nature and its gardens are just breath-taking.

DAY 3: GETARIA - CIDER AND TXAKOLI

  • We will visit family wineries in the Getaria area to taste the famous Txacoli white wine as well as the typical cider from the north of Spain.

  • The wineries are located in traditional Basque villages and as we enter different wineries we will walk through villages such as Hondarrabia, Zarautz and some others that hardly appear on maps but that stand out for their colourful houses.

  • We will eat in one of the traditional Basque cider houses a complete menu of: Chorizo ​​a la cider, cod omelet, Txuleta and cheese with nuts. In addition to Txacoli you can try and pour the famous Basque cider that is also well known in this area. (The cider will be unlimited, but don’t worry, we are driving!)

DAY 4: SAN SEBASTIAN

  • San Sebastian has the highest concentration of bars/inhabitant  in the world. The gastronomy approach with the basque tapas (pintxos) has give it a number 1 ranking in small but sophisticated type of food.

  • Inmerse yourself in the traditional gastronomy of the North with a "Pintxopote"-crawl. Taking in the traditional Pintxo & Drink from bar to bar in the Old Town of San Sebastian.

  • Discover the magic and history of San Sebastian with a relaxed walking tour around the Old Town , the "Petit France" and La Concha Beach.

  • Many queens, kings, spies and artists have been visiting San Sebastian for years. We´ll show you all the hidden spots and tell you all the secrets that is keeping.

DAY 5: RIOJA

  • Visit to a traditional winery with more than 5 generations of wine making. Learn about the excellent quality wines and how they mix the production of traditional wines "carbonic maceration" with barrel-ageing. After an ingenious introduction to aromas enjoy a tasting of 3 wines, cheeses and chorizo.

  • Lunch. You will enjoy a tasting menu with top quality food and wine that will introduce you to the best products that La Rioja region has to offer.

  • Visit Laguardia, one of the most beautiful places in Rioja Alavesa with its fortified wall, narrow and cobbled streets and completely surrounded by vineyards and mountains.

  • Visit to one of the smallest (just 1500 bottles a year) but most special vineyards in Rioja, the centenary. See how they focus on biodynamic and ecological wine production with centenary vines. We´ll enjoy a wine tasting accompanied by their own olive oil and idiazábal cheese. 

DAY 6: SORIA

  •  Visit - one of the most beautiful villages of Soria with its imposing cathedral and its small streets, palaces and traditional houses.

  • Walk through the Sierra Cebollera Natural Park.

  • Stay in an emblematic boutique hotel of the 16th century with a spa with an excellent reputation for its thermal water treatments. Enjoy a thermal water treatment to recover strength.

  • Dinner at traditional Soriano restaurant.

DAY 7: ARANDA DE DUERO

  • Visit 2 underground cellars, one of them from the 14th century.

  • We will walk through Aranda del Duero cobbled squares and observe the facade of the church of Santa María, San Juan and the Noble House of Bolas, and enjoy a pleasant walk through its parks on the banks of the Duero.

  •  Lunch at a traditional barbecue style restaurant, famous for its lamb baked in a wood-fired oven.

  • Upon arrival at our hotel we will have a wine tasting waiting followed by a wonderful dinner.

  • Stay in a wonderful renovated house now a boutique hotel. It is totally hidden, but for us it is undoubtedly the most authentic and special place in the area where everything inside is focused on wine.

DAY 8: PEÑAFIEL

  • If there is a place to visit on the Ribera del Duero route, it is the Peñafiel castle converted into the wine museum. But the best is not only that, but Peñafiel has some of the best wineries in Spain.

  • We will visit the Peñafiel Castle, which is a place of pilgrimage for lovers of wine, we will observe the manufacturing techniques of some of the most important wines in the world. We will have a guided tasting of various Ribera del Duero’s right at the origin of the castle and within the castle's tasting rooms.

  • Visit the design winery by Richard Rogers which greets the foothills of Castillo de Peñafiel. We will visit the old cellar that runs through the interior of the mountain and finish with a wine tasting.

  • Visit the Arzuaga winery for a wine a tasting and to eat at its famous restaurant.

  • Stay in one of the most prestigious wine hotels in the world, it is also a prestigious winery. Situated in the middle of a farm dedicated to the wine, your palate will be expanded as the relaxing environment stimulates all your senses. A wonderful dinner will be waiting for you.

DAY 9: SANTA MARIA DE VALBUENA

  • Visit to the Monastery of Santa Maria de Valbuena founded in the 12th century and Quintanilla de Onesimo, a  precious village that boasts monuments of the 11th century.

  • Visit to a unique winery where there is a SXII monastery with farm and vineyards surroundings which we will explore in a 4x4 vehicle. We will visit the winery and end with a tasting of two wines with the highest possible rating of Ribera del Duero: A special selection and a Pago wine.

  • Traditional Castilian dinner in a wine cellar

  • Stay in a renovated boutique hotel in an old monastery. The hotel offers Spa  and its thermal waters come from the Spring of San Bernardo where Cistercian monks in the 12th century took advantage of its waters to irrigate the vineyards that are part of today's D.O. Ribera del Duero

DAY 10: VALLADOLID

  • In the morning we will visit the winery par excellence, enjoying a guided tour with tasting and will then eat at its excellent Michelin star restaurant.

  • In the afternoon we will approach the city of Valladolid. The capital of Ribera Del Duero it is recognised as one of the leaders in gastronomy for its famous tapas, wines and trompe l'oeil.

  • Stay in a beautiful converted palace that will give you strength to say goodbye to the wine route.

WHY US?

Reliable

We are small family business, fully insured and licensed.

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

We have over 5 years experience in the tourism & travel world.

For abs​olute comfort and safety our tours are in 4x4 Range Rover Sport or Mercedes Viano.

We accept all type of debit/credit cards.

Authentic

Our partnerships are with small family businesses who maintain a respect for sustainability and authenticity. 

 

The way we approach wine is with passion as we considerate it  an art. The cellars and wine we taste have a great history behind them.

We partner with traditional local restaurants that use only seasonal products.

We visit small towns & villages that rarely appear in the travel guides.

Knowledgeable

We are a team of 4 with background in the wine and gastronomy world.

 

Our team are locals who genuinely love and know the North of Spain inside out.

Whilst we have a carefully planned agenda we aim to cater to our clients enjoy and  will adjust the itinerary as required during the day.

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

CONTACT US

Contact us with your requirements and to reserve your dates!
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+34 627 02 27 80