So you’re thinking about taking a trip to one or several of Spain’s beautiful wine regions? Perhaps you’re looking to plan a trip to Spain that encompasses both wine country and a blend of Spanish cities and villages?
In either case, Winetraveler is here to help you plan a trip to Spain with your personal travel preferences in mind. From the best wineries in Spain, to top luxury vineyard resorts, and wine tours in Spain, only the best and most-vetted are included in this travel guide.
Feel free to use our recommendations here to map out a route for yourself on your next trip. The purpose of this list of wineries in Spain is to help you decide where to start.
One of our most requested topics to cover in Spain is “what are the best wineries to visit and vineyard resorts to stay on?”
There are dozens of options across the country, so which wineries, vineyard resorts, or boutique winery villa(s) you choose will largely depend on where you want to spend the majority of your time in the country. Below, you can find some of our favorites, why guests like them, and also the locations within which they reside.
Note that not every wine region in Spain has a luxury vineyard resort (some have bed and breakfasts, farmhouse accommodation, etc). This list is specific to upscale wineries and vineyard resorts.
If you’re considering visiting wine regions like the Canary Islands or Jerez de la Frontera, we do often recommend you choose a luxury hotel within a city or by the coast, and then drive or use a tour to visit vineyards during your trip.
Note that this is not an exhaustive list, and we’re frequently adding more top wineries in Spain based on both staff visits and reader feedback. This should help you decide which wineries you’d like to visit, and then plan the rest of your trip around that. See our top tips for planning the perfect wine vacation here.
Why Guests Like It: Luxury, Architecture, Vineyard Views, Service, Wine Tastings
Arguably the “ultimate,” all-inclusive wine tourism experience you can have in Spain, a stay at Marques de Riscal is nothing short of incredible. Designed by Frank Gehry in 2006, the hotel features 43 rooms and suites within one of the most unique architectural structures in Europe.
The hotel aims to combine luxury, great wine, aesthetics, and gastronomy into each guest’s experience. Located centrally within Rioja, choose to relax, taste, and eat some of the finest cuisine at the resort itself, or venture to nearby wineries and use it as a base.
Why Guests Like It: Location, Terraces, Comfy Beds, Luxury
For another upscale resort experience near the vines of Rioja, consider a stay at Balneario. This is a much more affordable option when compared to Marques de Riscal, yet still provides a sense of luxury and the perfect proximity to additional Rioja vineyards.
This hotel has well-appointed amenities, including up to 133 rooms, spacious terraces overlooking the countryside, a restaurant, wine cellar, and a gym. It also features a spa, which while it has since been remodeled and updated, has a history dating back to Roman times.
Why Guests Like It: Boutique, Removed, Great Service, Great Views, Guest House
For travelers looking for a more boutique, guest house experience, the aptly named Mar de Viñas provides a peaceful and removed experience where you and a small group can enjoy a stay in Rioja’s countryside. The hotel may reside in the country, but it’s only a 10-minute or so drive from several Rioja villages, restaurants, and wineries.
It can accommodate up to 12 people. If you’re looking to rent a vacation home for a group for any period of time, this is your best bet in the region.
Why Guests Like It: Sunset Views, Great Service, Great Wine, Spacious, Modern Rooms
This modern, upscale hotel includes 29 rooms, many of which have views overlooking the surrounding vineyards. A restaurant, rooftop terrace, wine bar, and even a museum are located on the property. One of our favorite perks about FYA is that you can rent bikes for the day and explore Rioja in a unique fashion. It’s also a working winery, so needless to say wine tastings and tours are also provided to guests upon request.
Why Guests Like It: Great Service, Custom Experiences, Spa, Great Views, Restaurant
For a complete wine tourism experience in Rioja, Finca de los Arandinos presents an opportunity for visitors to go beyond just a hotel stay. You can design a trip to the region using this property as a base. Taste their wines, dine at their restaurant and/or visit the spa. The rooms, while a bit modern and minimalistic, overlook the surrounding vines and are sure to please those who are looking for affordable accommodation right on a vineyard.
Why Guests Like It: Beautiful Views, Great Wine, Breakfast
Stay amongst the vines in this removed and relaxed setting in the heart of the Priorat wine region. This boutique hotel and winery is well-kept and designed in a modern style. Many of the rooms include their own patio that overlook the surrounding vines and rolling terraced hillsides of the region. While Hotel Trossos itself does not include a restaurant, they offer the ability to utilize their kitchen as needed. This is an ideal romantic getaway for couples.
Why Guests Like It: Boutique, Restaurant, Friendly Staff, Location
For an elevated view of the Priorat wine region at a hotel located within the quaint village of Gratallops, consider a visit to Hotel Cal Llop. Our readers love this blend of a modern and rustic boutique hotel for its restaurant, wonderful vineyard views, and great customer service.
While not a winery itself, it’s located in a very convenient area for exploring the heart of this majestic wine country.
Location: Ribera del Duero
Why Guests Like It: Great Service, Family Friendly, Ideal for Couples, Beautiful Wine Themed Rooms
Moving into the heart of Ribera del Duero’s wine country, a Winetraveler team favorite accommodation is undoubtedly Hotel y Bodega El Lagar de Isilla. Cost-wise, this is one of the best “bang-for-your-buck” winery hotels you’ll find in Ribera.
The hotel is a bit removed from central Burgos, providing a more relaxed experience. Both tastings and tours of the facilities are available during your stay, and there is a restaurant and bar on the property. Also worth noting is the proximity to some fantastic hiking and biking trails nearby.
Location: Ribera del Duero
Why Guests Like It: Luxury, Castle-like Experience, Great Food, Atmosphere, Views
For a 5-star castle experience in Valladolid, you can’t go wrong with Real Castillo de Curiel. The property itself dates back to the middle ages, and they pride themselves on the history of the building and those who have stayed within its walls.
Each room is of its own unique design, and the hotel offers a number of amenities including a rooftop swimming pool, bicycle usage, winery excursions, and even star gazing.
Location: Rias Baixas
Why Guests Like It: Architecture, Location, Modern Rooms, Great Breakfast, Friendly Staff
Wine lovers with an affinity for bright whites will appreciate a visit to the Northwestern portion of Spain. This beautiful and modernly designed hotel resides within the Galicia province and provides access to some of Rias Baixas’ greatest wineries.
The hotel features a gorgeous pool and structural design that compliments the surrounding landscape nicely. For a truly luxurious and off-the-beaten-path wine region experience, use Pousada Armenteira as a base for exploring all that Rias Baixas has to offer.
Why Guests Like It: Location, Luxury, Stunning Views, Great Service
This is one of our most raved-about winery resorts in Spain. It’s conveniently located just a short 39 kilometers from Barcelona proper, and provides access into one of Spain’s less touristy yet equally delectable wine regions: DO Penedes. Penedes is best known for its delicious Cava (sparkling wine) production.
The Can Bonastre resort itself is situated in low lands beneath the Montserrat mountain range, and features truly epic views of the surrounding vines and landscape. This is a 5-star experience ideal for couples or families who really want to get out into the Spanish countryside and be treated like royalty. The rooms are spotlessly clean, comfortable, large, and modern with floor-to-cieling windows.
The staff are also incredibly friendly, and it’s not uncommon to be given a private wine tour without needing advanced booking.
Location: Jumilla (Pinoso)
Why Guests Like It: Rustic, Charming, Great Service, Amazing Food, Comfortable Beds
If you’re looking to head further south in Spain, and a countryside visit to Jumilla piques your interest, it’s well-worth an authentic stay at Mansion La Caballusa. This lovely boutique hotel is located in the quaint town of Pinoso, which resides just 45 minutes from Alicante and close to Jumilla.
This is truly an authentic and removed experience, but with top-quality hospitality. Access to both the country, its wineries, historic castles, and the beach are within easy driving distance of the property. You’ll have the opportunity to come home to an incredibly comfortable bed and meal each night. Not to mention, the hotel itself is situated between olive groves and grapevines.
Why Guests Like It: Bed & Breakfast, Boutique, Great Service, Rustic
Los Cuatro Vientos is a beautiful house situated in Jumilla’s countryside is the perfect countryside retreat for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. Enjoy a room with a balcony that overlooks the surrounding mountainscape, vines, and almond trees. The breakfast is fantastic, and the setting you get to dine in is nothing short of other-worldly.
There’s no need to leave the hotel for food, but if you choose to do so, Pinoso is just a short 15-minute drive away. If you’re looking for recommendations for wineries to visit and sites to see in the area, don’t hesitate to ask your hosts, Steve and Richard.
Why Guests Like It: Bed & Breakfast, Swimming Pool, Hiking, “Naturist”
This bed and breakfast is for the naturist looking to stay on a somewhat private piece of land, which can host up to 12 guests. While the owners are actually Dutch, they offer the opportunity to dine with them in the evenings and cook traditional, local Spanish dishes. There are a number of nudist hikes, and beach destinations if that’s your thing. Guests are also within a short distance of the famous Spanish towns of Alicante, Murcia and Valencia.
Location: Ronda (Andalucia)
Why Guests Like It: Beautiful Views, Countryside, Organic, Location
Diving deeper into the Andalucia region, consider a visit to the amazing “white city” of Ronda. While you won’t be staying in Ronda itself, Cortijo LA Organic is situated not far outside the beautiful city and offers guests a countryside retreat unlike any other.
The hotel was recently restored with spacious rooms, large bathrooms, and extremely comfortable beds. There is a pool on the property, a stunning patio with endless countryside views, and a delicious breakfast waiting each morning. Cortijo isn’t a winery itself, but there are a number of vineyards accessible by car, and staff are happy to assist with recommendations.
Many of our readers often prefer to schedule wine tours or book all-inclusive vacation packages when visiting Spain. If this is you, the Spanish wine tours and vacations we recommend below are some of the most highly-rated, and private experiences you can find across the country.
Embark on a captivating journey through the winemaking heartland of Rioja on this tour operated by Rioja Like a Native, which takes you to the picturesque regions of Rioja (Baja/Oriental), Rioja Alavesa, and Rioja Alta. With the company of an expert guide and driver, you’ll not only learn a wealth of fascinating information, but you’ll also be free to indulge in tastings without concern for a designated driver.
Renowned for its world-class wines, rich history, and stunning landscapes, Rioja is a must-visit destination for wine enthusiasts and travelers alike. During your adventure, entrance fees and tastings at three different wineries are included, allowing you to appreciate the unique flavors and techniques that make Rioja’s wines so exceptional.
In addition to the tastings, you’ll pause midday in a charming medieval village to savor a traditional Spanish lunch complemented with the perfect wine pairing. This memorable experience combines the finest aspects of Rioja’s culinary and historical offerings, creating an unforgettable adventure for your senses.
Included in your tour are private transport from your hotel in the Rioja area, a private English-speaking guide, visits to both traditional and modern wineries with wine tastings, a delectable lunch in a medieval village, and a small group setting with a maximum of 8 people, ensuring a personalized and immersive experience.
Looking to visit Rioja and the stunning surrounding Basque region of Spain? Embark on an incredible 4-day journey through the heart of the Basque Country operated by Basque Guides. Visit Rioja, Bilbao, Biarritz, and San Sebastian. With a knowledgeable guide by your side, you’ll follow a meticulously crafted itinerary to ensure you experience the best of what this region has to offer. Delve into the rich culture, captivating history, stunning architecture, mouthwatering cuisine, and warm hospitality of the Basque people as you explore both iconic landmarks and hidden treasures.
Your private tour offers the perfect balance between a well-planned adventure and the freedom to customize your itinerary according to your personal interests. Only you and your party will be accompanied by your guide and driver, ensuring a more intimate and personalized experience.
Throughout your journey, you’ll be treated to delicious meals and a selection of entrance fees are included in the package. Plus, indulge your senses with wine tastings at some of the region’s finest vineyards. Don’t miss out on this unforgettable exploration of the Basque Country’s highlights and hidden gems, designed with discerning travelers in mind.
If you decide to spend a few extra days in San Sebastian (which we highly recommend), be sure to book a Pintxos tour to savor the local cuisine, which has been ranked as some of the best in the world. Renting an electric bike is also a great way to get to know this remarkable city.
Immerse yourself in the enchanting Catalan countryside on this highly-rated full-day tour from Barcelona, featuring a visit to the majestic Montserrat (near Priorat) and a delightful wine-tasting experience. Begin your adventure with a guided tour of the breathtaking Basilica and Monastery nestled within Montserrat, a stunning mountain boasting multiple peaks and dramatic rock formations. Take advantage of some free time to further explore the fascinating museum, indulge in the local farmer’s market, or soak up the awe-inspiring views from the ridge of Cavall Bernat.
Afterward, continue your journey to the charming Oller de Mas winery, where you’ll be treated to a guided tour of the cellar and vineyards. Savor the exquisite flavors of the region with a wine tasting session, followed by a delectable multi-course Catalan meal at the winery’s restaurant, complete with more wine to accompany your dining experience.
Winetravelers who choose this tour will delight in the unique opportunity to explore the wonders of Montserrat before indulging in a sumptuous lunch and wine tastings at a captivating castle winery. This is not just another Cava-tasting trip, but an unforgettable adventure that truly captures the essence of Catalonia.
Discover the captivating beauty and enchanting charm of the Basque Coast on this remarkable tour operated by Fiesta Pamplona, where you’ll be swept away by the region’s delectable seafood, rejuvenating ocean breezes, lush green hills, and vibrant folklore. This extraordinary experience is perfect for history enthusiasts and food connoisseurs alike, offering a blend of cultural and culinary delights.
Begin your adventure with a mouthwatering seafood lunch at one of the finest restaurants in the picturesque Navarre Basque village, where you’ll savor the flavors of the region’s freshest catch. Afterward, dive into history with a visit to the renowned Victor Hugo Museum, immersing yourself in the literary legacy of this iconic French writer.
Next, head to the stunning coastline for a refreshing swim in the crystal-clear waters, feeling the rejuvenating ocean air invigorate your senses. Finally, indulge in the vibrant gastronomic scene at some of the best gastro bars in the area, savoring delicious bites and sipping on local beverages.
You must visit Ribera del Duero, one of the most renowned regions in Spain on this guided day trip from Madrid operated by Gourmet Madrid. Throughout your journey, you’ll visit three distinct wineries, each showcasing a harmonious blend of modern, traditional, and medieval architecture. Delight your senses as you taste the exceptional vintages that have earned this region its esteemed reputation in the world of wine.
Ribera del Duero is not only known for its world-class wines but also for its wealth of ancient history. During your tour, you’ll gain a behind-the-scenes look at wine production and harvesting at one winery stop, deepening your understanding of the passion and craftsmanship that goes into every bottle. In addition to these immersive winery experiences, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the region’s medieval villages and castles, which stand as testaments to its fascinating past.
Admire the diverse architectural styles of Ribera del Duero, and uncover the region’s ancient history. Included in your adventure are an expert guide, a seasonal lunch, entrance fees, tastings, and transportation, ensuring a memorable and worry-free excursion. If this tour happens to sell out for your travel dates, We Experiential Travel Club operates a premium tour that also leaves from Madrid providing a similar upscale experience.
If you’d like to focus on southern Spain, or simply extend your trip, continue on to explore the historic and beautiful white villages and countryside of the Andalucia region. Below, we’ve included some of our favorite guided experiences and skip-the-line tickets that allow you to sample some of the most legendary sights and flavos of southern Spain.
Discover the mesmerizing beauty of Granada’s crown jewel, the Alhambra, on this captivating tour that includes skip-the-line access to the iconic Moorish palace and fortress complex. Together with the picturesque Generalife gardens, these stunning landmarks form a UNESCO World Heritage site that will take your breath away.
Join a small-group guided tour to delve into the rich history of the Nasrid dynasty, as well as the diverse cultural tapestry woven by Muslim, Jewish, and Christian influences. Stroll through the Alcazaba, marvel at the splendor of the Nasrid Palaces, and unwind in the serene atmosphere of the Mosque Baths, all while learning fascinating insights from your knowledgeable guide.
Travelers who opt for this tour will enjoy a more intimate and personalized experience, as the group size is limited to just 20 people. Don’t miss the chance to truly appreciate the enchanting allure of the Alhambra and its surroundings with this unforgettable small-group tour.
Experience the awe-inspiring grandeur of Seville’s top two must-see monuments with this convenient skip-the-line guided tour of the Royal Alcazar and the Seville Cathedral. Bypass the long queues that often form at these popular sites and secure your entrance to Europe’s oldest royal palace and the world’s largest Gothic cathedral.
Join your expert guide as they unveil the fascinating history and hidden gems of both iconic locations, showcasing the captivating blend of Islamic and Christian influences in the Royal Alcazar palace. Stand in wonder at the sheer scale of the Seville Cathedral, one of the largest on Earth, and pay a visit to the final resting place of Christopher Columbus.
By choosing this time-saving combo tour, you’ll not only guarantee your entry to Seville’s two most sought-after UNESCO-listed monuments but also gain a deeper understanding of their historical and cultural significance. Don’t miss this chance to explore the heart of Seville’s majestic heritage.
Embark on a captivating journey through the breathtaking beauty of Ronda, Spain, known as the Dream City, with a local guide. Wander through the ancient buildings and narrow streets of the old town, and uncover hidden treasures nestled among the famous landmarks in Ronda’s newer areas.
Marvel at the iconic “Puente Nuevo” and the picturesque gorge, taking in the stunning views from the dramatic cliffs, and let the expansive scenery of the valley beyond leave you in awe. This delightful walking tour is an ideal way to acquaint yourself with the charming allure of Ronda, a gem of Andalusia that captivates with its rich history, architectural wonders, and natural beauty.
During your exploration, your guide Javier will share fascinating insights into Ronda’s history, as well as provide expert recommendations for restaurants and bars to enhance your experience in this enchanting city. The tour is suitable for all Winetravelers and is wheelchair accessible, ensuring everyone can appreciate the magic of Ronda, Spain.
If there’s a specific trip, tour, destination or itinerary you’re looking to build, please contact our travel advisory team directly at [email protected]. Oftentimes, if there’s a particular site, museum or experience you’re looking to see, we have skip-the-line tickets and insider tips we can provide.
When planning a trip to any country, wine region, or even city, a variety of logistical items must be taken into account. At the end of the day, it all boils down to your personal travel preferences. That being said, here are a few things to take into consideration when planning your trip to Spain.
Consider your all-inclusive budget for your trip to Spain. This will largely determine the length of time and quality of accommodation you’ll be able to enjoy.
A critical and very personal travel preference. Here at Winetraveler, we tend to opt for vineyard resorts and more opulent settings. But you don’t need to spend a lot of money to visit Spain. Plenty of boutique, affordable and beautiful accommodation is available throughout the country, especially in some of the smaller villages.
Where you choose to stay can make or break a vacation, so it’s not only important to decide on the quality of hotel experience you want, but also the location and duration of time you choose to spend. Our recommendation? Don’t try to cram too much into one trip. Choose 2 (maximum 3) destinations you’d like to visit in Spain, and post up at your hotels for a few days in each. If 2 or 3 destinations aren’t enough for you, simply plan to drive or book day trips to additional cities and towns.
You can browse a wide range of prices at vineyard hotels and resorts in Spain here, depending on what wine region(s) you’re intent on visiting.
Renting a car is hands-down the best option for exploring Spain. Just remember to pace yourself (and not drink too much if visiting wineries). Search for some of the current best rental car rates here, and be sure to schedule well ahead of time. Spain is incredibly easy to navigate using public transportation as well, both within cities and throughout the countryside.
Alsa operates a number of routes by bus throughout the country.
Renfe provides high-speed train transport across Spain.
In essence, this is where you ask yourself “what kind of traveler am I?” Are you looking for a relaxed, low-key, food-focused trip? Is this a romantic getaway for you and your significant other? Are there kids in tow and you need a family-friendly vacation? Are you looking for a fast-paced, active trip? Would you prefer to utilize one hotel as a home base, rent a car and explore from there? There is no right or wrong answer, but it does involve some deep thinking about what you’d like to get out of your trip.
In our experience, a slower-paced vacation through Spain is more ideal. It’s classically more European. Especially in the countryside, where the locals live at a more relaxed pace. Even in the city, Spaniards take their time to enjoy food and wine, take in the ambiance and enjoy the moment.
Assuming you have the time to escape, consider a vacation that lasts 2 to 3 weeks, especially if you’re traveling from the United States. Anytime we’re spending more than 8 hours on a plane, not having to rush through a vacation is preferred. Of course, if your time is limited, you can simply pick and choose from a couple of suggestions in this guide.
There are a few “premier” wine regions you must visit if you haven’t already in Spain. Two of our favorites, and which ironically also happen to have the highest-quality terroir in the country, according to the Spanish regulatory body that governs wine designations, are a must. Those are Rioja and Priorat.
To access Rioja, you have a variety of options. If you’re traveling internationally, direct flights are available into Madrid (MAD) and Barcelona (BCN) airports. Once in country, short-haul flights can be taken to Bilbao (BIO), which is the closest airport to the Rioja wine region. Search and get notified when flight deals arise to any of these airports right here.
If time is on your side, we highly recommend renting a car and driving to Rioja no matter which airport you arrive to in Spain. It’s truly a magical country to explore at a leisurely pace. Driving from Madrid will take you roughly 3 and a half hours without stopping, and about 4 and a half hours from Barcelona. From Bilbao, the ride is 1 and a half hours. Buses and trains are also bookable to Logroño (Rioja’s capital).
Lastly, another great option is to take a day trip to Rioja from San Sebastian. Private round-trip transportation and personalized guided experiences are offered by Baskme, one of the best in the business.
If you’re looking to access the Priorat wine region, your best bet is to travel to Barcelona and either drive yourself, or hire a tour company to provide round-trip transport from the city. Spanish Trails is the most highly-rated day trip operator to get you to and from Priorat. Alternatively, both Wino Tours and Castlexperience Wine Tours offer round trip, 5-star rated privately guided transport to and from Barcelona. If you choose this option, definitely spend a few additional days get to know the food and wine scene in Barcelona.
Of course, there are many more wine regions to explore in Spain. These are just two of our must-visit favorites. We’ll talk a bit more about additional Spanish wine regions in the section below.
Wine has been produced in Spain for thousands of years. Whether by native Spaniards, the Moors (who weren’t permitted to drink wine but did still produce it for trade), or Ancient Romans, traditions and winemaking techniques have evolved and been improvised on in almost every kind of terroir throughout the country.
Here, we’ll list several of the most noteworthy wine regions worth exploring in Spain. Hover over or click an image below to see what each region is best known for.
Best Known For: Luxury Vineyard Resorts, Exceptional Wine, Architecture, Boutique Wineries, History, Nightlife
Whether you’re a first-time visitor to Spain or an experienced Winetraveler, Rioja is a must-visit to sample some of the finest wine in the country. It’s also a great region to explore for scenic beauty, hikes and unique wine tour experiences. If you want to experience nightlife like a Spanish local, the town of Logroño has two streets, Calle Laurel and Calle San Juan, that come alive in the evening with some of the finest (and affordable) local wine and tapas.
Best Known For: Remote & Stunning Scenery, Boutique Wineries, Intense Red Wines, Hiking, Climbing
A favorite wine region amongst our team here at Winetraveler, Priorat is one of the highest-quality wine-producing regions in Spain. This is a great region to explore if you’d like to remove yourself from crowds, explore peaceful Spanish villages, ancient ruins and taste wine on vineyard settings.
Best Known For: Beautifully crafted Tempranillo Wines, Historic Castles & Monuments, Peaceful Countryside, Cuisine & Dramatic Views.
The most famous and noteworthy wineries within Ribera del Duero are typically found near the towns of Valladolid and Burgos.
Best Known For: Fewer Crowds, Monastrell, Historic, Countryside Experience
Jumilla, part of the Murcia area of Spain, is one of the smallest wine producing regions in the country. It’s best known for its Monastrell (also known as Mourvedre) production. If you plan a trip to this region, the best wineries to visit are located near the small village of Carche.
Best Known For: Sherry, Andalucian Culture, History, Equestrianism
This ancient and beautiful area in located in Spain’s southern Andalucia region is best known for its Sherry production. This is a fortified wine that has been produced as far back as the time of the Phoenicians. These wines are white, and made primarily from the Palomino grape with a variety of aging techniques, are grown in arid vineyards forming a triangle with the inland point of Jerez de la Frontera.
Best Known For: Albariño, Seafood, Coastal Views, Nautical Vibes
Rías Baixas is a special wine region located in the northwestern portion of Spain, by the sea. It’s here that winemakers craft vibrant white wines that pair perfectly with seafood, primarily from the Albariño grape variety.
Best Known For: Spanish Cava (Sparkling Wine), Location, Scenery
Located about an hour South of Barcelona, the Penedès wine region is a sparkling wine-producing wine region that resides within the broader Catalonian region. It’s one of our favorites to visit. Not just for the wineries, but also for its humble villages, beautiful mountain scenery and hiking opportunities.
Best Known For: Off-The-Beaten-Path, Red (Tempranillo) Wines, Unique Experiences
This lesser-known wine-producing region resides within Castilla y León in northwestern Spain. It’s actually fairly close to the Portuguese border (for those who might want to craft a multi-country wine trip). While not as famous as other Spanish regions, a visit to Toro offers an opportunity to see the western side of Spain, and the wineries are mostly boutique, family-run operations.
Best Known For: Dry White Wines (Verdejo), Location, Scenery
White wine lovers will appreciate Rueda, as it’s famous for its dry and quite aromatic white wines produced from Verdejo. It also makes for a great road trip through the central portion of Spain, as you can drive from Madrid in just under 2 hours, and then shoot across to the nearby red wine region of Ribera del Duero.
Best Known For: Location, Great Wines, Scenery, Day Trips
Did you know that Madrid has its own designated wine region? There are many wineries and vineyards just outside of the city of Madrid, and in fact, the “Vinos de Madrid” region encompasses 3 smaller sub-regions that are officially demarcated. If you’re looking to spend some time in Madrid, a great day trip option is to explore some of the wineries in the countryside. Most wines are produced with either Garnacha or Tempranillo, but are a variety of other grapes are permitted as well. We recommend a couple wineries with visiting in this guide.
Best Known For: History, Culture, Cuisine, Scenery, Wine
Arguably one of our favorite (yet vast) areas of Spain is Andalucia. The region in its entirety includes some of Spain’s most noteworthy destinations, including Seville, Malaga, Cadiz, Cordoba, Ronda and Jerez. We highly recommend simply spending an entire vacation in this region just to get to know it. There is simply so much to do both inland and on the Southern coast. Day trips from Sevilla to ancient villages like Ronda are highly recommended, stopping at various boutique wineries along the way.
Best Known For: Beach Vibes, Scenery, Volcanic Wine, Outdoors
Only recently gaining recognition as a wine region, the Canary Islands (which are actually located off the west coast of Morocco), provide a unique and beautiful destination for wine tourists. Islands including Lanzarote and Tenerife are becoming more well known for their wine production. It’s also incredibly affordable to taste at many wineries. When you’re done sampling wine, take a boat cruise, go surfing or simply relax at any number of beach lagoons across the island chain.
We had the most memorable experience visiting 7 different wineries in Spain during harvest thanks to Winetraveler’s tips for exploring Rioja. Emily, one of our travel advisors, helped ensure we had the best tour guides showing us around while we were in the country. We can’t wait to go back. Next time, we’re planning on exploring Andalucia.
– Alexandra M, Winetraveler Reader
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