|Type of Tour:||Exclusive|
|Guide Price:||from £2710 to £3100 per person|
|Number of Meals:||4 breakfasts + 3 lunches + 2 dinners|
|Number of Winery Visits:||12 wineries|
|Number of Wines Tasted:||Approximately 24|
|Tour Transport:||Return transfers to and from Bilbao, a transfer to Ribera del Duero + 3 full days guided and transported tours|
|Dates / Availability:||Available mid-week and weekends throughout the year.|
Our Exclusive Rioja and Ribera package is designed to offer you the best experience in these world famous wine regions. You will stay in luxurious 5* hotels, try some delicious local cuisine and visit some of the most prestigious wineries of the area.
Marqués de Riscal is one of the oldest and most traditional of Rioja’s Bodegas. Opening for business in 1860, the winery was most notable for its pioneering nature and innovative, non-conformist practices. After settling in to your Spa Wing room on day one of the trip, you will be welcomed as guests at the award-winning Marqués de Riscal winery. Here, you will have a fascinating and informative tour of the production process, as well as the barrel room. The tour will conclude with tastings of Marqués de Riscal wines. In the evening, a welcome dinner will be served in the hotel’s Michelin-starred restaurant. Drinks have not been included as part of the package, and can be ordered and paid for locally.
After breakfast, you will be met at the hotel by a specialist driver/guide, who will accompany you throughout the day on a private basis. Our Spanish Tour Manager was born and bred in the region and not only will she entertain you throughout the day with fascinating historical and cultural anecdotes, she will also share with you her extensive wine knowledge. You will first visit the Bodega Tobelos. Here you will be taken on full tour of facilities. The visit will be followed by a tasting of two of the estate’s sought-after wines. You will then be taken to Ysios, a stunning winery at the foot of the Sierra de Cantabria mountain range. You will firstly walk in the vineyards before being taken on a tour of the wine-making facilities and the cellars. The tour will conclude with two tastings accompanied by some nibbles. You will then enjoy a visit at Baigorri, another breathtaking Bodega of the Rioja. Here, you will be taken on a guided tour of the estate. The tour will be followed by a delicious four course tasting lunch, where each course will be paired with the estate’s wines. After returning to the hotel to freshen up and have a siesta, you will be taken for a tasting session of three premium Rioja wines with platters of local tapas. You will then have time to participate in the traditional evening tapas run on the famous Calle Laurel in the town of Logroño.
After breakfast, check out of the hotel and take your luggage with you. Your guide will return on day three and accompany you to a family-run winery to see the region’s wine production on a smaller scale. The second stop will be Bodegas Portia. The winery is surrounded by enchanting vineyards. Here, you will be taken on a guided tour of the estate followed by a tasting session and lunch. Your guide will then escort you to Abadia Retuerta, nestled at the heart of Ribera del Duero. Built within an 12th Century old abbey, Abadia Retuerta is one of the only abbeys to have survived the wave of destruction during the Napoleonic years and is today a Spanish cultural heritage site. After checking into your Classic room at the estate, you will be taken on a tour including a 4×4 ride through the vineyards, a tour of the wine-making facilities, a visit to the Abbey of Santa María de Retuerta as well as a tutored tasting of two wines. In the evening, a mouth-watering eight course wine tasting menu will be served at the Abadia’s Michelin-starred gourmet restaurant.
After breakfast, your guide will return and accompany you on a third day of tours. First stop will be at Alonso del Yerro a family owned vineyard producing a small selection of delicious wines. Here, you will enjoy a tour of the estate followed by a tasting of some of the estate’s wines. You will the be taken to Bodega Pesquera where you will enjoy a tasting session of the wines produced at the estate. The winery is a pioneer in Tempranillo winemaking methods and is well established locally as a driving force for the recognition of the D.O Ribera del Duero. A three course lunch will then be served in a traditional Spanish restaurant. Each course will be served alongside a local wine, and you will have the opportunity to taste the region’s speciality, “lechazo asada.” This leg of suckling lamb is roasted in a traditional stone oven until deliciously crispy. Ending the day in true style, you will then be welcomed as the guest of the Bodegas Protos. Protos, meaning first in Greek, is a constantly growing estate. The visit will conclude with a tasting session of their wines.
After breakfast and check out on day five, you will be taken back to Bilbao airport.
(ii) The outline itinerary is indicative and is subject to minor changes depending on supplier availability. Availability cannot be guaranteed until we have received a confirmed booking, together with the deposit payment (or payment in full where the dates of travel are in less than 60 days). If the named accommodation / visits are not available, we will endeavour to find suitable alternatives of a similar grade; this may be subject to a supplement or a rebate depending on the price available.
Just to let you know that we all had a great time over the weekend and the consensus was that another trip is on the must do list!
John - Surrey, UK
Bring friends and spend less! A discount of £400 per person applies to groups of four people or more who are travelling together on this break.
If you would like to make your Grape Escapes holiday even more special, there are a number of additional activities that we can arrange for you. To complement the experience, these could be arranged to fit in/around your current itinerary or we can arrange additional nights and room upgrades at your hotel, as well as your travel arrangements, a stop-over en route and even a visit to another part of the country! See below for some of the most popular upgrades.
Given the wide range of travel options, the package price does not include travel. Please see our Rioja travel page for further information.
For more information on our Exclusive Tours please see our Exclusive Tours page.
To secure your booking, a deposit of 20% is required. Your remaining balance will then be due 60 days before you travel. Please call us on +44 (0) 1920 46 86 66 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to request a booking form.
It worked out really well in the event. Trip going superbly. Everyone is thoroughly enjoying themselves. Thank you once again.
Beata - Lancashire, UK