Exclusive Rioja

Luxury Rioja Wine Holiday

At a glance

Type of Tour:
Duration:3/4 Days
Guide Price:From £1038 to £2195 per person
Number of Meals:2 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 tapas run (payable locally) and 1 dinner (3 Days)
3 breakfasts, 2 lunch, 1 tapas run (payable locally) and 1 dinner (4 Days)
Number of Winery Visits:3 wineries and 1 tasting session (3 Days)
4 wineries and 2 tasting sessions and winery lunch (4 Days)
Number of Wines Tasted:Approximately 15 wines (3 Days)
Approximately 25 wines (4 Days)
Tour Transport:1 or 2 full day transported tours
Dates / Availability:Available mid-week and weekends throughout the year. The Michelin-starred restaurant is closed on Sundays and Mondays.

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Trip Summary

Luxury Rioja Wine Holiday

Whilst staying onsite of a working winery amongst some of the noblest vineyards in Spain, this luxury Rioja wine holiday provides an in-depth and comprehensive discovery of the world-famous wines of Rioja. 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. Today, this is epitomised by their 21st Century hotel, a masterpiece unveiled in 2006 by designer Frank O. Gehry. Gehry’s architecture is renowned throughout the world, from the Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles to the Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris, as well as the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao (another must see whilst in the area). After settling in to your chosen 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.

Rioja wine holiday - Credits Marques de Riscal
Rioja wine holiday

After breakfast on day two, an English-speaking specialist guide will pick you up 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. You will be taken to two wineries for tours and tastings and a traditional lunch will be served at one of these estates. 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. 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 return to your hotel and have time to freshen up before going out again to participate in the traditional evening tapas run with your guide. You will be dropped back at your hotel at the end of the evening.

For those opting to stay for a third night, your guide will return on day three and accompany you to another of your preferred estates as well as a modern winery, where lunch, alongside a selection of the bodega’s wines will be served. These visits will be followed by a tasting session of three premium Rioja wines in a quaint setting.

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Outline Itinerary

Day one of your Rioja wine holiday

  • Upon arrival in Elciego, check into your preferred room grade at Marqués de Riscal.
  • After settling, you will be taken on a tour of the Marqués de Riscal winery, which will conclude with a tasting.
  • In the evening, a welcome dinner will be served in the hotel’s Michelin-starred restaurant.
  • The hotel also has a wine bar and cosy lounge area, if you wish to enjoy a few more glasses of wine after dinner.

Day two of your Rioja wine holiday

  • After breakfast, your guide will collect you from the hotel and accompany you throughout the day. Your tour day will comprise of:
  • Tours and tastings at your two favourite Rioja bodegas.
  • Lunch at a winery
  • Tutored tasting session and tapas
  • Time to relax at the hotel before the next activity.
  • In the evening, your guide will accompany you and you will have free time to participate in the famous tapas run.
  • You will be taken back to the hotel at the end of the evening.

Day three (optional) of your Rioja wine holiday

  • After breakfast, your guide will collect you from the hotel and accompany you throughout the day. Your tour day will comprise of:
  • A tour and tastings at another of your favourite Rioja bodegas.
  • A tour and lunch at a highly regarded winery in the Rioja Alavesa region.
  • A tasting session of three premium Rioja wines in a quaint setting.

The final day of your Rioja wine holiday

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

(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.

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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

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
Marqués de Riscal - ElciegoDeluxe Spa Wing Room5*3 Days£1431Book Now
Marqués de Riscal - ElciegoDeluxe Spa Wing Room5*4 Days£2195Book Now

Special Offers

Bring friends and spend less! A discount of £80 per person applies to groups of four people who are travelling together on the three day break. This discount increases to £120 per person on the four day break. Please contact us for the relevant discounts for groups of five and over.

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Enhance your Experience/Tour Upgrades

Please contact us to request further details and a full list of tour upgrades.

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 Spain! See below for some of the most popular upgrades.

  • Stay longer! Just let us know your preferred room grade and we would be more than happy to let you know the supplement for an extra night at the hotel.
  • 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. Please contact us for prices.
  • Discover more Spanish wine regions. As well as trips to Rioja, we can also arrange holidays to Navarra, Ribera del Duero, Priorat and Penedès.
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Further Information

Travel to your Rioja wine holiday

Given the wide range of travel options, the package price does not include travel. Please see our Rioja travel page for further information.

About Exclusive Breaks

For more information on our Exclusive Tours please see our Exclusive Tours page.

Further Information / To Book

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 info@grapeescapes.net to request a booking form.

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I would just like to thank you for an amazing trip and all your help - I really appreciate it. It was a wonderful experience and cannot wait to travel again with Grape Escapes.

Parneshree - South Africa

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