This tour is aimed at wine-lovers with more than a passing interest in what is undoubtedly Spain’s most internationally recognised wine.

A lot has been happening in Rioja in the last few years with a new generation of producers opting for a different style or styles of wine. One in which the fruit is more expressive and the influence of American oak isn’t as prominent as it once was. Some are using French and Austrian oak and other fermentation and ageing vessels such as concrete tanks, amphorae and foudres. The seemingly set-in-stone rules regarding ageing periods in the crianza, reserva and gran reserva system are being called into question by some. Regarding grapes, the long-dominant Tempranillo is slowly giving way to revived local varieties such as Mazuelo, Graciano, Maturana and Garnacha. Another aspect of this seismic shift in winemaking are the brilliant white wines made with Viura, Malvasía, Garnacha Blanca and Tempranillo blanco. While a tour of Rioja would never be complete without visiting the bodegas that put Rioja on the world map, our mission is to also introduce you to some of the individuals that are in our view the main protagonists of the so-called Rioja revolution, both in Rioja Alta and in the Rioja Alavesa (Basque Country).

10.00 – Pick up from your hotel in Logroño or Haro and transfer to our first winery appointment. Full tour of vineyard and bodega with our host followed by a premium tasting of their wines.

12.00 – Transfer to our second winery appointment. Visit along the same lines as the first.

14.30 – Lunch at a traditional restaurant in a medieval village rated as one of the most beautiful in Spain, featuring the very best of seasonal Rioja cuisine. Ideal for lamb lovers!!

16.30 – Return to hotel.

10.00 – Pick up from your hotel in Logroño or Haro and transfer to our third winery appointment.

12.00 – Transfer to our fourth winery appointment. Visit along the same lines as the third.

14.30 – Lunch at a Rioja Alavesa (Basque) restaurant for a gastronomic experience featuring the cutting of seasonal Basque produce.

16.30 – Visit to a 3,000 year old cave cellar in the ancient citadel of Laguardia. Tasting of artisanal wines and zurracapote, a traditional drink similar to sangría and made for special family occasions, fiestas etc.

17.30 – Return to hotel.

10.00 – Pick up from your hotel in Logroño or Haro and transfer to our fifth winery appointment.

12.00 – Transfer to our sixth winery appointment. Visit along the same lines as the fifth.

14.30 – Lunch in the wine-bar or restaurant of the above winery.

16.30 – Transfer to hotel.

18.30 – A visit to a wonderful urban winery in Logroño that’s engaged in regenerative viticulture and the revival of rare old vine varieties in the Rioja Baja region. Visit includes a tasting of four premium wines.

20.00 – Return to hotel on foot.

  • From 400€ per person per day
Tour details
  • Duration: 3 days
  • Tour dates: All year round, Wednesday through Friday.
  • Maximum 5 people.

Larger groups, maximum 12 persons, can be accommodated upon request.

What´s NOT included
  • TTransfers to Logroño or Haro from Bilbao or Madrid hotels or airport. These can be arranged upon request, paying the transport company directly on completion of the service.
  • All non-host ordered food and drink.
What´s included
  • Transport in 7 seater taxi plus driver for the duration of the tour.
  • Three lunches with DOc Rioja and DO Rioja Alavesa and Viñedos de Álava (Arabako Mahastiak) wines.
  • Seven winery tours plus full tastings. Most will be small group tours, usually a maximum of 12 people. Private group tours for collectors are available on request.
  • Services of North West Iberia Wine Tours tour leader and interpreter.
Photographs of the tour

Nous avons adoré notre visite des vignobles de la vallée de la Rioja avec Adrian comme guide et organisateur. La formule tout inclus nous a permis de découvrir plusieurs vignobles et d’avoir accès à un chauffeur privé pour l’aller retour de notre hôtel, les visites et les restaurants. Adrian s’est occupé de tout de manière efficace, et il a même su rapidement faire face à un changement de dernière minute dans l’horaire. Nous recommandons fortement Adrian et nous espérons un jour faire un autre voyage en Espagne en son agréable compagnie!

Fabrice et Katherine, Montréal (Canada)