Classical Wines and Basque Country Wine Tour. 4 days.

Highlights: 2017 Scheduled departures April, June, August and November. Handpicked wineries, visits with winemakers and owners, special tastings, wine paired lunch, traditional food, tapas. History and culture: Burgos cathedral, Guggenheim Museum. Local guide expert in wine and history. OVER 50 wines tasted. Small group: Maximum 12 people    
Summary
2017 SCHEDULED TOUR. Classical Wines And Basque Country 
April 17-20th, May 30th -Jun 2nd, Aug 28-31st, Nov 6-9th
1295€ Per Person.
Single Supplement. 145€. 4 days/3 nights
Visiting: Ribera del Duero - Burgos- Rioja – Bilbao - San Sebastian. Starts in Madrid  and ends in San Sebastian.

Vintage Spain,
the country’s leading wine and food Tour Company, has put together this fantastic tour to experience the best Spanish wines and food. Our tasting adventure features full reds of Ribera del Duero, fine wines from Rioja and the refreshing white txacoli in the Basque country.

WINERY ESTATES:
We have carefully selected a diversity of the best estates to truly discover the essence and variety of Spanish wine country. Family owned, traditional and boutique wineries, historic medieval cellars and modern architecture masterpieces. You will be welcomed by winery owners, winemakers, and our personal friends in the area.
  • In Ribera you will meet the families of TORREMILANOS and VALSOTILLO (both part of the pioneers who founded the Denomination of Origin), visit spectacular PORTIA by Norman Foster, and boutique winery LEGARIS. And have a special tasting of small producers in the underground cellar of BODEGA DON CARLOS.
  • Rioja experiences are all unique. Find tradition in iconic MUGA, and see the contrast with the modern high tech of BAIGORRI. Meet the winemaker of exclusive Valenciso winery, a hidden gem in Rioja. Taste RODA prestigious red wines and olive oil.  And visit DINASTIA VIVANCO, one of the best wine museums in the world.
  • In the Basque Country you will discover txacoli wine
FOOD in the tour is based in our tradition and local products: roasted lamb in Ribera, a wine paired 5 course meal with Rioja specialties, tapas lunch in Burgos. And of course olive oil and iberico ham, the jewels of Spanish gastronomy.   

ART, HISTORY AND CULTURE: Spain is also its history and heritage, from the 13th century Burgos gothic cathedral to the 21st century Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, castles, churches and medieval towns.

YOUR GUIDE is a true insider: Jorge is from Ribera del Duero, has studied winemaking at the local school, has worked in wineries in Spain and Portugal, and he is an official cultural and history guide. As good as it gets!.    

HOTELS in the heart of the regions: The luxurious 5 star Hotel Monasterio de Valvuena or old world charm in Torremilanos, a winery chateaux hotel surrounded by vineyards in Ribera. In Rioja we have selected the modern Viura or time to relax in Villa de Laguardia wine and oil spa, in the medieval town of Laguardia, the heart of Rioja.

SUMMARY ITINERARY

  • Day 1. Start in Madrid to Ribera del Duero (3 wineries and lunch). Night in Ribera del Duero
  • Day 2. From Ribera (one winery) to Burgos (cathedral and lunch) and Rioja (one winery). Night in Rioja
  • Day 3. Wineries in Rioja (3 wineries and lunch). Night in Rioja
  • Day 4. Bilbao, txacoli winery, lunch and San Sebastian.
Tour starts in Madrid and finish in San Sebastian. We offer extensions so you can add extra nights in Madrid and San Sebastian,
 and Barcelona. Check our extensions.

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Itinerary
Legend: L – Lunch, D – Dinner, H – Hotel, B - Breakfast. 

Day 1. Monday. Ribera de Duero.  Night in Ribera del Duero. Hotel Monasterio de Valbuena *****. (H, L, 3 WV)
Pick up in Madrid at 9.30AM and drive to Ribera del Duero (about 2h). Visit VALSOTILLO winery, a family-owned winery with cellars from the 16th century. Taste the different wines produced enjoying the company of one of the owners. After this traditional state prepare to be surprised by PORTIA, the masterpiece of British architect Normal Foster, visit and lunch at the winery. Enjoy the typical meal from Ribera del Duero, roasted lamb in a wood fired oven with Portia wines. Follow the Duero river towards Peñafiel, where you´ll explore the town and its magnificent castle from the 11th century. Visit the modern boutique winery of LEGARIS, with a total different philosophy. Stop in BODEGA DON CARLOS in Aranda de Duero, our favorite wine shop, for a special tasting of small wine producers in a medieval cellar. Check in your chateaux wine hotel and dinner on your own.

Day 2: Tuesday. Burgos and Rioja.  Night in Rioja. Hotel Viura **** (H, B, tapas L, 2 WV)
After breakfast, visit TORREMILANOS winery at your hotel, where the Peñalba family will share their passion about winemaking. Visit the vineyards and taste their wines that represent the essence of Ribera del Duero. Drive to Burgos where you´ll visit the famous cathedral, World Heritage monument by UNESCO. Our Lady of Burgos sums up Gothic architecture in all its beauty. Wine paired tapas lunch around Burgos famous Plaza Mayor.

 Drive to Rioja to visit VALENCISO, an exclusive boutique winery that makes some of the most elegant wines in the area. The winemaker will personally host us. Visit the medieval walled town of Laguardia (13th c). Under their stone paved streets it is full of old subterranean bodegas, and over them there are many historic monuments and sites. Check in your hotel with time to enjoy the SPA. Dinner on your own. 

Day 3: Wednesday. Traditional Rioja. Night in Rioja. Hotel Villa de Laguardia (H, B, L, 3 WV)
Visit the iconic MUGA winery, where you can experience the tradition in Rioja winemaking. Walk in the bodega quarter in Haro and taste some wine and olive oil in prestigious RODA state. Time permits we can also stop in LOPEZ HEREDIA to try 10 year old white wines, living history of Rioja. Next stop is BAIGORRI, a high tech winery with a beautiful dining room overlooking the vineyards. Lunch in Baigorri will be a 5 courses gourmet meal paired with Baigorri wines. After lunch visit the Wine Culture Museum Dinastía Vivanco in Briones, beautifully located in Rioja Alta. Even a short visit is worth it for any wine lover since it is considered one of the best wine museums in the world. Dinner on your own.

Day 4: Thursday. Basque country: Bilbao, San Sebastian and txacoli wine. (B, L, WV)
After breakfast drive to Bilbao (1h 30 min) to visit the famous Guggenheim Museum designed by architect Frank Gehry. This unique Museum is probably one of the best modern buildings in Spain, and represents architecture at its best. Continue to Getaria to discover txacoli wine in ELKANO winery with Jose Luis, the owner. Txacoli is a very interesting tart white wine produced only in the Basque country. Lunch will be the fresh catch fish of the day cooked over a coal barbeque in one of the Port restaurants overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Continue to San Sebastian.

We can extend the tour to include San Sebastian. Please check tour extensions.

 HOTELS:
  • RIBERA DEL DUERO -  5 star Hotel and SPA Monasterio de Valbuena. A charming luxury hotel in the Golden Mile of Ribera.
  • RIOJA – Wine and oil SPA Hotel Villa de Laguardia www.villadelaguardia.com. A very comfortable four star hotel in Laguardia with one of the best wine and oil spa in the area.
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DRIVING TIMES
  • Madrid – Ribera del Duero: aprox 2 h
  • Ribera – Burgos: aprox 1 h
  • Burgos – Rioja: aprox 1h 30 min
  • Rioja – Bilbao: aprox 1h 30 min
  • Bilbao – San Sebastian: aprox 1h
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Price
PRICE: 1295€ per person in double room. Single supplement. 145€

What is included: 3 nights accommodation with breakfast in double occupancy in hotels proposed (1 night in Ribera, 2 nights in Rioja). Meals as per itinerary with wine: 4 lunches. 8 winery visits with wine tasting. Visit Dinastía Vivanco Museum and Guggeheim Museum. Bilingual Spanish/English expert tour assistant during the tour for 4 days.

EXTRAS AND EXTENSIONS

EXTRAS: You can add any extra to this tour, for example:
  • Tapas tour in Madrid: 70€
  • Wine tour to Priorat from Barcelona: 190€
  • Transfer to San Sebastian airport from San Sebastian hotel: 50€
  • Hotels in Madrid, San Sebastián, Barcelona, etc
  • Please ask for more, we have lots of memorable activities

We can customize the tours for you!

  • We´ll be happy to add or remove nights. Change hotels
  • Add transfers, flights or train tickets
  • Make dinner reservations
  • Add other activities like tapas tours, cooking classes, guided sightseeing tours
  • Help you with planning the rest of the tour
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