Day in la Rioja
Villages and wines. Wines and villages. It’s all about visiting some and drinking the others. There’s a bit of everything: medieval villages enclosed behind walls, young and daring wines, the longest river in Spain and a typical Riojan meal consisting of four dishes and designed to be paired with a local wine. You can’t go wrong with a plan like this.
The Barrio de la Estación de Haro is known for the many wineries that were built here, close to the railroad tracks in order to transport wine barrels more easily. Here we’ll visit a wonderful 100-year old winery where we’ll taste a selection of its best wines, from the most classic to the most young and daring, aligned with the latest and most revolutionary trends. Wine is not the only magical liquid that’s produced in these lands. As Rioja is also one of the northernmost points in Spain where the country's liquid gold (olive oil) is produced, we’ll do a tasting of a delicious extra virgin olive oil (here we call it AOVE, the acronym for aceite de oliva virgen extra in Spanish).
It’s time to visit two charming villages. First, San Vicente de la Sonsierra, built on top of a hill (centuries ago, these lands full of danger, so much so that the villages had to be sheltered in inaccessible places). From here we’ll have unbeatable views over the Ebro river, the sea of vines and the hills that dot this valley so altered by the human hand. Next we’ll go on to Briones in search of a bit of authenticity: streets suspended in the past, an imposing Gothic church and old sandstone buildings, in what is one of our favorite towns in northern Spain.
In La Rioja, lunchtime (and gastronomy, of course) is a sacred thing. For this reason, we’ll go to a restaurant that specializes in traditional Riojan cuisine, a delicious menu and, check this out, more excelent local wine!
Wine, wine, and wine
Finally, we’ll visit a small family winery that will explain not only its working method but that of many other similar businesses (independent, courageous and simple in structure) that add great value to Spanish wine culture. This one in particular produces some of the most prestigious wines in the country, a fact that you can check (and judge) when you have a chance to taste the fruits of their labor.
- Price: two people 625€
- Extra adult +155€
- Child (10-17 years old) +85€
- Children under 10 years old free of charge
- For groups bigger than 6 people contact us
- Private tour
- Time: 08:00
- Duration: 9-10 hours
- Places: Three wineries in Rioja Alavesa and Rioja Alta, Briones
- Profesional guide
- Three wineries and 8+ premium wine tastes (guided visit with tasting in one the wineries, and two more tasting in two other wineries)
- Olive oil tasting
- Traditional lunch
- Meals, drinks and tickets not listed above
Fantastic full day wine and good tasting experience in Rioja.
We were picked up directly from our hotel with a comfortable air conditioned car. Our tour guide Ania was superb; knowledgeable and professional. The tour was created and tailored for us based on our interests.
The drive to Haro, Rioja took only 1h 20min and we had several opportunities to view small mediaeval villages, stunning scenery and local life.
During the tour we visited 3 outstanding smaller wineries in Haro and Laguardia regions, made several stops to explore and view old churches, architectural marvels such as Frank Gehry’s Marquis de Riscal etc. The delicious lunch took place in a local tavern Ajoi. Food was very tasty.
I can’t recommend both the private Rioja tour and Ikusnahi tours more! They were exceptional from the beginning to the end! This is a must!TomLuke123 - Agosto 2021
We were a family of 6 and all had a great day. Ernes was brilliant, very knowledgeable and friendly. Wine was great, food was excellent, scenery was perfect. Highly recommended.Andrew H - Septiembre 2019