Essential Rioja

Three or Four day Rioja Wine Tour

Rioja wine tour

At a glance

Type of Tour:
Duration:3/4 Days
Guide Price:From £510 to £1082 per person
Number of Meals:2 breakfasts, tapas run (payable locally) and 1 dinner (3 Days)
3 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 tapas run (payable locally) and 1 dinner (4 Days)
Number of Winery Visits:2 wineries and 1 tasting session (3 Days)
4 wineries and 2 tasting sessions (4 Days)
Number of Wines Tasted:Approximately 14 (3 days)
Approximately 20 (4 days)
Tour Transport:1 or 2 full day transported tours with an English-speaking guide from your hotel
Dates / Availability:Available mid-week and weekends throughout the year. Please note that the Hotel Viura is closed from the beginning of January until Mid-February.

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Trip Summary

The Essential Rioja Wine Tour

These three and four day breaks provide an in-depth and comprehensive discovery of the world-famous wines of Rioja and the hotels proposed are ideal bases from which to explore the region’s premium vineyards.

After a welcome dinner in your hotel’s restaurant and a relaxing evening, an English-speaking specialist guide will pick you up after breakfast on day two and accompany you throughout the day. 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.

Rioja wine tour

You will be taken to two wineries for tours and tastings including a visit of a small producer where you will have the opportunity to taste directly from the barrel. You will then have time to participate in the traditional tapas run. Please note that the Tapas will be payable locally. You will also enjoy a tasting session of three premium Rioja wines. At the first estate, guests will marvel at the centuries-old cellars and enjoy a private wine tasting session, whereas the second winery is more modern, offering a complete contrast. At the end of the day your guide will drop you back to your hotel.

For those opting to stay for a third night, your guide will return on day three. You will start the day by visiting a modern winery. You will then enjoy a relaxing winery lunch together with a tour of the estate. Your day will finish in style at a wine bar where you will have the opportunity to taste 4 wines to finish your wine education of the region. Your guide will drop you back to your hotel at the end of the day and the evening will be yours to relax.

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Outline Itinerary

The Essential Rioja Wine Tour

Day one of your Rioja wine tour

  • Upon arrival in the Rioja wine region, check into your chosen hotel.
  • In the evening, a welcome dinner will be served in the hotel’s restaurant, alongside local wines, water and coffee.

Day two of your Rioja wine tour

  • After breakfast, an English-speaking guide will collect you from the hotel and accompany you throughout the day. Your tour day will comprise of:
  • Tours and tastings at two Rioja bodegas.
  • Your guide will join you in the famous tapas run. (The meal will be payable locally)
  • You will have a tasting session with tapas.
  • You will be taken back to the hotel at the end of day.
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Day three (Optional) of your Rioja wine tour

  • After breakfast, your guide will return and accompany you on a second day of tours. Your tour day will comprise of:
  • A tour and tastings at a traditional family-run bodega.
  • Lunch in a local winery.
  • You will finish the day with a tasting at a wine bar
  • You will be taken back to the hotel at the end of the day.

The final day of your Rioja wine tour

  • After a leisurely breakfast, check out of the hotel.

(ii) The outline itinerary for the above Rioja wine tour 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.


Package Prices

  • These prices are per person and based on two people travelling together and sharing a twin or double room.
  • These are realistic guide prices, based on travel in standard season (usually April to the end of October). Considerable discounts often apply for travel out of season (usually November to the end of March) and during the week, or if there are more than two of you travelling together. Please let us know your preferred travel dates for a definitive price.
  • Although we propose specific hotels as part of our standard packages, we enjoy excellent relationships and preferential rates at the majority of the hotels in each of our featured destinations. Therefore if you would prefer to stay
  • in a different hotel, this can be arranged. Please contact us for the relevant supplements/discounts.
  • Other room grades are available at most of the hotels that we work with. Just let us know which hotel you prefer and we will send you the relevant supplements for the various room grades.
  • Single supplements and extra night prices are available upon request.
Hotel NameRoom GradeStar RatingDurationPrice Per Person
Finca de los Arandinos - EntrenaStandard4*3 days£656Book Now
Finca de los Arandinos - EntrenaStandard4*4 days£1059Book Now
Hotel Viura - Villabuena de ÁlavaStandard4*3 days£673Book Now
Hotel Viura - Villabuena de ÁlavaStandard4*4 days£1082Book Now

Special Offers

Bring friends and spend less! A discount of £50 per person applies to groups of four people or more who are travelling together on the three day break. This discount increases to £100 per person on the four day break.

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Rioja wine tour

Enhance your Experience/Tour Upgrades

Please contact us to request further details and a full list of tour upgrades for the Essential Rioja wine tour.

If you would like to make your Rioja wine tour 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 Spain! See below for some of the most popular upgrades.

  • Stay longer! Just let us know which hotel and room grade you prefer, and we will provide you with the relevant supplement for additional nights including breakfast.
  • Upgrade your room. Supplements to upgrade your room start at just £15 per person.
  • Spend a night in Bilbao and visit the Guggenheim. We particularly recommend the 5* Hotel Carlton in the heart of the city. Founded in 1926, this landmark building is home to the most majestic hotel in Bilbao, becoming something of an institution.
  • Discover more Spanish wine regions. As well as trips to Rioja, we can also arrange holidays to Navarra, Ribera del Duero, Priorat and Penedès

I would like to say that our guide was absolutely wonderful. She met us at the airport and was so friendly. She made us feel welcome from the start and nothing was too much trouble. Without a doubt, she made our holiday! She went over and above what we had booked and expected. I can guarantee that with this lady as your guests' host, you will receive only positive feedback. I will be recommending this trip to friends, family...anyone that will listen because it was wonderful!

Lorraine - Northamptonshire, UK

Further Information

Travel to Your Rioja Wine Tour

Given the wide range of travel options, the package prices do not include travel. Please see our travel page for detailed information about travelling to Rioja.

About Essential Breaks

For more information on our Essential Breaks please see our Essential Breaks page.

Further Information / To Book

To secure your booking, a deposit of £100 per person is required (or 20% if the price of your trip exceeds £500 per person). 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 to request a booking form.

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