Cantabrian Sea, Food & Wine Journey
The best food, wine and coastal village of Northern Spain in a 7-hour day tour
Day trip from Bilbao, San Sebastian and Rioja: Starting at 11am or 4pm (7-hour tour)
Discover wonderful wines on our Northern Spain wine tasting course, and learn to taste them like a professional sommelier. You will also understand how to pair wines with traditional local food from the Basque Country and Cantabria. The course will take place in a traditional Basque villa, overlooking the mountains.
*This experience is given at our HQ - a beautiful traditional Basque villa in the middle of the most authentic landscape.
*Total flexibility: we can completely adapt the tour to your travel needs and preferences.
Private Tour & Local Guide
Hotel Pick Up & Drop off in 4x4
Visit to Castro Urdiales
Spanish Wine Course
Tasting Menu with Wine Pairings
OENEOLOGY AND VITICULTURE COURSE
On this one-day Northern Spain wine tasting course, you will learn all about viticulture – the look, feel, smell and taste of different wines –carefully guided by our wine expert.
It will be a dynamic and fun experience, where you will learn to understand your own sense of smell, face aroma quizzes and test your overall skill with blind tastings.
We'll taste the most representative wines from Northern Spain such as Ribera del Duero, Rioja, Txakoli and Albariño, or the traditional cider from Asturias and the Basque Country.
You'll enjoy at least five different types of alcoholic drinks, all paired with traditional produce from Northern Spain. Throughout the pairing, the wine information will continue flow as well as the wine.
VISIT CASTRO URDIALES
After the cooking and dining, we will visit the beautiful fishing village of Castro Urdiales, located on the border of Cantabria and Basque Country. Fishing lies at the heart of this village and its setting, local food and people, are all a perfect representation of life at sea.
In addition to its fishing routes, the village has a rich history. It’s home to a medieval cathedral, an old lighthouse and stone bridge, which arches over a dramatic sea-filled natural pool.
We'll enjoy a walking tour around its small cobbled streets and the beautiful harbour, from where you can admire stunning sea and the mountain views. You will soon see why this is considered as one of the most beautiful villages in Spain.
BASQUE DINNER MENU
Food pairing is our specialty, so get ready to taste gildas, cod, Iberian ham, local cheeses, and the award winning ‘txuleta steak’. The txuleta is probably one of the finest steaks in the world, bearing its own unique characteristics.
(It has been compared to the famous wagyu meat of Japan, but our Japanese clients have so far said that our txuelta is even better! Let’s see if you agree).
All food will be prepared in a traditional way, cooked over burning hot coals and in our wood-fired ovens. Along the way, we will share our cooking secrets and techniques.
It is really an exceptional experience. I've enjoyed every minute of it for sure. Great wines, amazing food and wonderful people. Irene and her boyfriend David are wonderful hosts and are genuinely friendly people. They make you feel like you are coming to your old friends for a dinner. They also have a lot of knowledge about local wines and local food and they share it with you. Their house is very beautiful with a nice view of the mountains. Its a really great ambient for a dinner, which only elevates the food which is spectacular. Over the course of the dinner we drank many great wines and ate many great courses. My favorite was the Txuelta steak which was probably one of the best I've eaten and the red wine which was offered beside it matched perfectly. I am really glad I've booked this experience and I am looking forward to meeting Irene and David again.
Thank you Irene and David for creating an unforgetful evening!
I had the greatest experience of all time, not just for travelling. what Irene and David offered is way way way beyond what I expected, they are not just expert of food and wine, they take care of things in great details that i was impressed by every 5 seconds. their place should be everyone's dream house, and everywhere speaks about quality and welcome without being snobbish, even though they have every right to be, as the depth of knowledge they have about food and wine (and how to enjoy life in general) , and it turned out to be educational and pleasant combined experience, also, more important, it's like visiting a friend's home and having a great night. they take care of us like a true friend. maybe because of the millions of gorgeous fireplaces around the houses, :) they are the most warm-hearted host with great great taste in everything they made. it's not just something you should do when you happen to be around Bilbao, it's something you should go to Bilbao or close to northern Spain to do! i promise it'd worth the trip and so much more. i wish my english would serve me better than this message, but at least i meant every word I lay down here.
What a fantastic not to be missed day out!!! We arranged a day trip directly with Irene and it was seamless from start to finish.
If you are visiting Bilbao this is a must do! If you aren't visiting, I would suggest you go just to do this tour. From start to finish the day was absolutely fantastic. Pick up in Bilbao was easy to coordinate and from there we drove to Castro Urdiales for a wander round and a wine overlooking the bay. Then onwards to Irene's stunning house just outside the town where the sun was shining and the wine was flowing. Irene is exceptionally knowledgeable and the wine tasting was a great introduction to the wines of Northern Spain. The house is beautiful and the meal was absolutely delicious. I really cannot recommend this tour enough.
We are small family business, fully insured and licensed for wine tasting and courses.
We provide high quality, from transport to service, food and wine.
We have over five years' experience in Northern Spain wine tasting courses.
If you need transport, we can provide it in a 4x4 Range Rover Sport or Mercedes Viano.
We accept all types of debit/credit cards.
We partner with small family wineries, who maintain a respect for sustainability and authenticity.
The way we approach wine is with passion, as we considerate it an art. The wines we taste come from cellars which have a great history behind them.
We partner with traditional wine cellars and producers that use only seasonal ingredients.
We visit small towns & villages which have strong connections with wine.
We are a team of four, and each have a strong knowledge of the wine world.
Our team are locals who genuinely love and know Northern Spanish wines.
Whilst we have a carefully planned our tasting course, we aim to cater to our clients' needs, and will adjust the class as necessary.
With us you will not feel like you are in a class, but rather having a unique wine experience with local friends.