RIOJA UNCORKED - Private Enological Adventure

RIOJA UNCORKED - Private Enological Adventure

What is Rioja? An entire territory covered with vineyards, where the wineries are as sacred as cathedrals. What are we going there for? To find out the secrets of wine (and its landscapes) in four of its wineries.

Itinerary
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Stop At: Rioja, Rioja, Province of Almeria, Andalucia

"Cursed wine is better than blessed water," goes an old Spanish saying. On this tour, Ikusnahi will take you after the ‘blessed wine’ from the most famous wine region in Spain. We’ll visit four wineries that will show us four radically different ways of making wine: from Tempranillos aged in barrels hidden in humid caves to young and daring wines. Rioja is also one of the northernmost producers in Spain of the country’s liquid gold: olive oil. Of course, you’ll try it.

Rioja is located on the banks of the legendary river Ebro, the longest river in Spain, 90 minutes from San Sebastián. You have to go by van, but you won’t be bored: we’ll cross three of the most emblematic Spanish landscapes: the green and mountainous forests of Euskadi, the flat dry fields (yellow or green, depending on the time of year) typical of Castile, and the large expanses of vineyards on the gentle hills of Rioja. Three countries for the price of one.

Duration: 40 minutes

Stop At: Haro, Haro, La Rioja

Haro is the wine capital of northern Spain. This is where the French went in desperation in the 19th century, when phylloxera devastated their vineyards and the country was left without grapes. It was then that they began to take a chance on developing a quality wine industry in the region. One hundred-plus years later, they’ve succeeded. And wow, have they succeeded.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Samaniego, Samaniego, Province of Alava, Basque Country

Malolactic fermentation- Protected Designation of Origin- Young, Reserve or Great Reserve- Vintage- Pituitary- Do any of these words sound familiar to you- Probably not. When the tour ends, if the vapors of the wine allow, you’ll know the meanings of all of them. Rioja is such a rich wine region that it includes many types of wineries: there are classic ones with legendary vintages (we’ll visit them, we’ll taste them); there are small, family-run bodegas who take risks with young and daring wines (we’ll visit and taste them, too); and there are centuries-old winereris, devoted to a traditional wine: is it necessary to say that we will also visit and taste them- You’ll choose the fourth winery according to your tastes: a classic winery, or a young and experimental one- What’s your favorite grape- Tempranillo, Garnacha, Graciano, Mazuelo or Maturana- The choice is yours.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Elciego, Elciego, Province of Alava, Basque Country

Until a few years ago, Elciego was just another beautiful town in La Rioja Alavesa with a huge Baroque church and many wineries. All that changed in 2006 with the inauguration of the new Marqués de Riscal wineries designed by Frank O. Gehry, a titanium whirlpool that floats over the sea of ​​vineyards.

Duration: 40 minutes

Stop At: Laguardia, Laguardia, Province of Alava, Basque Country

Rioja is not only wine, wine and wine, but also a territory extraordinarily rich in historical heritage. We’ll see medieval towns such as Laguardia, with baroque churches (full of gold, virgins and cherubs, inherited from the Spanish Counter-Reformation) alongside the latest “cathedrals “ of wine, such as the Marqués de Riscal wineries by Frank O. Gehry (which uses the same titanium as the Guggenheim Bilbao museum), and the Bodegas Ysios by Santiago Calatrava.

Duration: 30 minutes



Informacion Adicional
"Confirmation will be received at time of booking"
"Wheelchair accessible"
"Stroller accessible"
"Service animals allowed"
"Near public transportation"
"Infant seats available"
"Transportation is wheelchair accessible"
"Surfaces are wheelchair accessible"
"Wheelchair accessibility is extra paid - contact for details"
"Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking"
"Most travelers can participate"
"This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate"
"Face masks provided for travelers"
"Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff"
"Social distancing enforced throughout experience"
"Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas"
"Gear/equipment sanitized between use"
"Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized"
"Guides required to regularly wash hands"
"Regular temperature checks for staff"
"Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms"
"Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons"
"Our vehicles and offices are cleaned and disinfected in accordance with the cleaning and disinfection protocol certified by the Institute for Spanish Tourism Quality (ICTE). We also use an ozone air purification treatment in our vehicles before every tour."



Start Time: 8:00 AM
Duration: 9 Hours
Start location: Traveler pickup is offered
Pick up from different locations is possible for an extra charge.


Cancellations and refunds: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start time of the experience.

Included

  • Private experienced guide and driver
  • Private group
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
  • All transportation costs (petrol, parking and toll)
  • Premium wine tasting in 4 unique wineries
  • Olive oil tasting
  • 3-course lunch paired with a bottle of local wine

Not Included

  • Meals, drinks and tickets that are not listed above
  • Gratuities

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