Exclusive Wine Tour of Rioja from Bilbao
Tour Spain’s celebrated wine region, dotted with ancient vineyards, bodegas and quaint hilltop villages.
Discover Spain’s greatest wine region on this Rioja tour from Bilbao, focusing on small artisanal wineries. The vineyards we visit, aim to preserve traditional and organic methods, as well as exploring new ways to achieve a high-quality product whilst keeping the environment in mind.
*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
Expert Local Guide
Hotel Pick Up & Drop off in Luxury Transport
Visit to Three of the Finest Wineries. Taste 9 different wines
Delicious Riojano Lunch
Visit to Laguardia
1. FAMILY WINERY AND WINE TASTING
First, we will visit a traditional winery, which has been run by the same family for five generations. We will learn all about the excellent quality wines and how they mix the production of traditional wines with barrel-ageing - carbonic maceration.
What to expect:
Private Guided Tour of the winery
Fascinating introduction to the various wine aromas
A tasting of four different wines (Crianzas, Reservas and Gran Reservas) paired with local cheeses and chorizos. 90+ point wines ranked by James Sucking and Tim Atkin
2. DISCOVER RIOJA WINE IN THE CELLAR
The Rioja wine region has over 500 different cellars, that’s why we’ve selected only the best to visit. At these wineries, we will sample some of the finest wines in the region and learn about the unique methods of making them. We will listen to your wine preferences to choose the best cellars for your pallets.
A handful of the cellars have even gone one step further, opening a bar inside, so you can try more wines at your leisure and in the most authentic environment possible. Before lunch, we will stop in two of the most beautiful cellar bars of Rioja to enjoy their highest ranked wines.
What to expect:
Taste three high quality wines at two small boutique wineries. Total of six wines.
The wines will be highly ranked over 90+ points by James Suckling and Tim Atkin
3. DELICIOUS RIOJANO LUNCH
The next part of our private Rioja tour is lunch at some 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 LAGUARDIA
Your private Rioja tour will finish with a walk through the beautiful walled, medieval city of LaGuardia, with its underground cellars and wineries. Laguardia is one of the most beautiful towns in the Rioja Alavesa region. Think fortified walls and narrow cobbled streets, surrounded by vineyards and mountains.
What to expect:
Visit Laguardia awarded as one of the most beautiful villages of Spain
Enjoy a glass of wine in an underground cellar from the XVI century
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 families we went to where totally unique and family owned"