Best Wineries in Rioja to Visit Throughout 2024: Ultimate Travel Guide
If you’re a red wine enthusiast and a foodie, you’re going to find yourself in paradise when you visit the remarkable wine region of Rioja in Spain. One of only two of the highest quality wine-producing regions in Spain, Rioja has (officially) tantalized palates for decades.
Here, the red Tempranillo grape is king. Although there is strong competition from its brethren Garnacha, yielding highly complex red wines we can’t get enough of. White wines are also beginning to show up on Rioja enthusiasts’ radars in the form of Viura, Malvasia and small quantities of Torrontes. Rosé varietal wines and blends are also on the rise, so be sure to keep an eye out when you visit any of the wineries on this list.
The Rioja region itself is formally divided into three sub-regions: Rioja Alta, Rioja Alavesa and Rioja Baja (now called Rioja Oriental). Each exhibits a unique terroir and varying wine styles. We recommend visiting wineries and small villages within each sub-region to get a more complete understanding of the area as a whole. In this guide, we’ll recommend visitation experiences in each.
But the wine isn’t the only reason why it’s worth visiting Rioja, the vibe also makes it a great place to spend a few days. One of our favorite food-centric towns in all of Spain is Logroño. It’s here that you can find two streets loaded with exceptional and bespoke tapas bars and restaurants: Calle Laurel and Calle San Juan. The streets come alive in the evening, and you’ll have the opportunity to try locally produced wine by the bottle or glass for just a fraction of the price you’d see in the states.
Long story short, you don’t need to visit wineries to have a great time in Rioja, but we do recommend getting out in the countryside for a wine tourism experience because it’s beautiful, and the winemakers are often very warm and welcoming.
IN THIS GUIDE:
Wineries With Lodging
Wineries With Views
Tours in Haro
Private Rioja Wine Tours Led by Locals & Sommeliers
Travel Logistics Getting To and Around Rioja
Rioja resides within North-central Spain, just south of what’s known as Basque country. Logroño is the capital of Rioja, and the largest city closest to the region is Bilbao. To get to Rioja, you have a couple of options.
First, you can fly into a major city such as Bilbao, Madrid or even Barcelona and take a short-haul flight into Logroño’s small airport. Check here for current flight deals into these major cities as well as deals on short-haul flights with carriers like Air Europa, Vueling and Iberia.
Another option is to rent a car from one of these cities and drive to Rioja yourself (highly recommended). We recommend taking a car because the Spanish countryside is incredibly scenic. The drive itself will become one of the highlights of your trip. Check here for some of the best rental car rates in Spain offered through Expedia. Make sure you get lost, but do watch your speed when on major roadways as there are traffic cameras everywhere, and they WILL bill you 2 months later once you’re back home.
If you want to enjoy the wine and scenery of the region without having to worry about driving, consider hiring a private guide and driver, with all tasting fees and lunch in a medieval village included.
Taking a train from a major city in Spain is also an option, and you can then rent a car when you arrive in Logroño. For example, Renfe (Spain’s national railroad company), offers direct rail routes from Madrid to Logroño for around $80 one-way. The trip lasts just under 4 hours. Your cheapest option is to take a bus from one of the major cities mentioned previously. Bus tickets may be as low as $20.
First Make a Stop at The Barrio de la Estación in Rioja
It’s also worth noting that there’s another small town called Haro within Rioja’s borders. This is a much quieter, humble town where many of the wine production and storage facilities reside. Some of the wineries we discuss in this guide offer tours and tastings in Haro at these facilities.
The Barrio de la Estación in Rioja is a distinguished and historically significant neighborhood here. It’s uniquely characterized by its remarkable concentration of century-old wineries, making it the best way for for wine lovers to get a deeper understanding of the grape varieties and production practices in Rioja before starting their trip out into the countryside for winery visits.
Established in the late 19th century, the Barrio de la Estación owes its development to the advent of the railway in Haro. This strategic location near the train station enabled local wineries to easily export their wines, particularly to the international market. The train station’s establishment coincided with a crucial period in wine history: the phylloxera epidemic in France. This disastrous vine pest decimated French vineyards, leading French winemakers to Rioja in search of unaffected vines. Their influence significantly shaped the winemaking methods in the region, introducing new techniques and contributing to the high quality of Rioja wines.
Today, Barrio de la Estación is home to some of the most prestigious and historic bodegas (wineries) in Rioja. These include names like López de Heredia Viña Tondonia, CVNE (Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España), Bodegas Muga, and La Rioja Alta, among others. Each of these wineries has its own unique story and approach to winemaking, yet they all share a commitment to quality and tradition.
Visiting the Barrio de la Estación is not just a journey through the world of wine but also a cultural experience. The architecture of the wineries and underground cellars stacked with old oak barrels, ranging from historic to modernist, reflects the rich history and evolution of winemaking in the region. Many of these bodegas offer winery tours and tastings, providing insights into their winemaking processes and the opportunity to sample some of the regions finest wines without leaving town.
In addition to the wineries, the Barrio de la Estación hosts an annual event known as “La Cata del Barrio de la Estación,” a celebrated wine-tasting festival that takes place on June 15th, 2024. This event brings together the local wineries and offers a festive atmosphere where visitors can enjoy exceptional wines, local cuisine, and various cultural activities.
*Winetraveler Side Trip Suggestion: Consider visiting the incredible city and foodie capital of the world: San Sebastián! No other city in the world is home to as many Michelin-star restaurants per square kilometer. If you’re staying in San Sebastián, you can also schedule a private day trip with a tour guide through Rioja with lunch included.
Those who are staying or plan to stay in Bilbao can book private tours ahead of time as well.
Top Wineries To Visit in Rioja Spain
Now, onto the wineries. There are many in the region, but for the sake of this list, we’ll recommend a blend of options that we feel express the culture of Rioja, great quality wine, beautiful scenery, and warm service. The first four wineries on the list include accommodation if you’re looking to stay on a vineyard.
Marqués de Riscal, a Luxury Collection Hotel
C. Torrea Kalea, 1, 01340 Eltziego, Álava, Spain
Why Guests Like It: Accommodation, Architecture, Beautiful Grounds, Upscale, Luxury
“A marvelous creature, with its hair flying in all directions, launching itself over the vineyards.”
Frank Gehry. Architect.
For luxury accommodation and a winery visit that will leave a lasting impression on you, no visit to Rioja is entirely complete without staying or at least stopping by Marques de Riscal. If you’re familiar with Rioja wine, then there’s no doubt you’ve seen this brand on grocery and liquor store shelves. Like most Rioja producers, wine quality levels and methods of aging vary with Marques de Riscal. And while some of their library, Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva wines are excellent, that’s not the reason why we’re recommending you visit this property.
The hotel building itself is enough to ‘wow’ visitors, as it’s one of the most unique structures in the wine world, designed by famed architect Frank Gehry. The structure conveys a sense of luxury (it’s one of the most luxurious in Marriott’s portfolio), and its unique forms certainly stand out amongst the backdrop of Rioja Alavesa’s wine country.
Everything at Marques de Riscal is advanced. From the technology utilized on the property for wine production to the VIP lounge. Oh, did we mention the wine is pretty solid too? You can check availability and book one of the 61 luxury suites right here.
Finca de los Arandinos Bodega
Ctra LR 137, Km 4,6, (salida de Entrena dirección a Nalda), 26375 Entrena, La Rioja, Spain
Why Guests Like It: Great Service, Great Breakfast, Architecture, Great Views, Peaceful, Great Home Base
If you’re not looking to spend as much at a hotel in Rioja but still want the experience of staying on a wine estate, Finca de los Arandinos may be for you. Like other establishments across the region, this property seeks to differentiate itself and push the concept of ‘progress’ with a more modern style of architecture.
We like Finca de los Arandinos because you can have several wine experiences without even leaving the property. These include guided visits with the winemaker, group tastings with lunch, and vineyard tours. At the same time, the property is conveniently located within the town of Entrena. A humble setting that provides easy access to all of the other wineries we mention on this list. Take a look at booking availability here.
Bodegas Finca La Emperatriz
Finca Viña la Emperatriz Ctra. Santo Domingo – Haro, Km 31,5, 26241 Baños de Rioja, La Rioja, Spain
Why Guests Like It: Beautiful Setting, Historic, Location, Warm Staff, Great Wines, Private Villas
For a private villa experience in a stunning setting, consider visiting Finca La Emperatriz. Stay right in the middle of the largest working vineyard in Rioja that once belonged to the last Empress of France and wife of Napoleon III. You’ll have access to free WiFi, tour and tasting experiences on-site, breakfast, a wine bar, and a private terrace. It’s pet-friendly, and conveniently located near other wineries on this list and all of the important towns in Rioja. You can take a look at dates that may be available to book here.
Rusticae Hotel Teatrisso
C. Segundo Cantón, 26214 Cuzcurrita de Río Tirón, La Rioja, Spain
Why Guests Like It: Exceptional Service, Vibrant, Great Breakfast, Boutique, Family Run, Old (Refurbished) Castle, Peaceful
While not a winery itself, we love Teatrisso because it speaks to the Riojan culture. It’s a beautifully restored palace from the 16th century. Stay at this property if you’re looking for boutique accommodation with convenient access to vineyards throughout Rioja. This family-run hotel is packed with unmatched charm in a gorgeous and quiet village. There’s a beautiful stone cellar and courtyard terrace that offer locations to relax and taste wine. This property is rustic, yet clean and vibrant, and the staff could not be more welcoming. Check availability for your travel dates here.
La Hoya Bidea, s/n, 01300, Araba, Spain
Why Guests Like It: Architecture, Great Quality Wines, Beautiful Scenery / Backdrop
Designed by architect Santiago Calatrava, Bodegas Ysios is one of the most iconic buildings in Rioja Alavesa. It stands out because the building is designed to mimic a wave. Contrasting against the vines in the foreground and the mountains in the back, you can actually feel a sense of motion when looking at the building.
Aside from the structure itself, Ysios offers 6 wine tasting and guided experiences on the property. Options range from simple tastings at the bar, to taking a wine car through the vineyards, tasting in the vineyards, terrace tastings and guided, customized experiences. Whichever you choose, be sure to call and book ahead of time or schedule a tour.
Bodega Hacienda López de Haro
Camino del Cementerio, s/n, 26338 San Vicente de la Sonsierra, La Rioja, Spain
Why Guests Like It: New Winery, Beautiful Scenery, Warm Staff, Great Wines
For a more personal experience in a gorgeous setting, consider visiting Hacienda Lopez de Haro. Guided tours and tastings are offered on the property in the countryside, and there’s a good chance (depending on the time of year), you’ll be able to eat grapes right off of the vine, and/or try wines straight from the barrel. They frequently offer live music on their beautiful terrace, and you can eat lamb cutlet steaks cooked over vine shoots or sample tapas alongside their wines. Schedule a visit here.
Bodega Marqués de Murrieta
N-232a Km 402, 26006 Logroño, La Rioja, Spain
Why Guests Like It: Stunning Property, Great Wines, Warm Staff, Delicious Food
A Rioja staple for any discerning wine tourist, Marques de Murrieta is not to be missed for a dose of scenery, drink and food pairings. Here, you can take a guided tour through the vineyards followed by a walk through their 19th-century winery castle. If that isn’t enough, enjoy a range of wines paired alongside gourmet appetizers and cheeses prepared by their in-house chef. Reservations for these experiences and visits to the wine bar are currently required. Alternatively, you can book guided and private wine tours that include visits to wineries like Marques de Murrieta.
Vitoria Errepidea, km 53, 01307 Samaniego, Araba, Spain
Why Guests Like It: Incredible Architecture, Beautiful Cantabrian Mountain Range Views, Ultra-Modern Winemaking Technology, Vineyard Views, Dining Experience, Wine Quality
Bodegas Baigorri stands as a beacon of innovation and architectural marvel in the heart of Spain’s celebrated Rioja region. Distinctive for its striking modern design, the winery uniquely integrates into the landscape with a seven-story structure that plunges deep underground, harnessing gravity throughout the winemaking process. This gravity-fed technique, a hallmark of Baigorri, ensures a gentler handling of grapes and a purer expression of the varietal’s character in each bottle. The winery’s commitment to blending state-of-the-art technology with traditional winemaking methods results in a range of exquisite wines that are both complex and balanced. Overlooking the breathtaking Sierra de Cantabria and the Ebro Valley, Bodegas Baigorri not only captivates visitors with its architectural prowess but also with its dedication to sustainability and respect for the terroir, making it a standout destination in the Rioja Alavesa.
This winery offers several wine tasting and tour options, each crafted to provide an immersive experience in the world of Rioja wines. The Guided Tour + Guided Tasting allows visitors to explore the winery’s seven underground floors, culminating in a tasting of two Baigorri wines paired with two pintxos prepared by their chef. For a more elaborate experience, the Guided Tour + Tasting Menu includes a visit to the winery and a lunch service at their restaurant, offering either a Classic or Premium Menu, each comprising six courses paired with Baigorri wines.
The wine bar on the property is an inviting space for Winetravelers to sip with stunning views of the Sierra de Cantabria and Samaniego. For a unique outdoor experience, the Brunch among the vineyards is available during the summer, offering a gastronomic delight on a private terrace amidst the vines. Additionally, A Walk through the Vineyards during harvest season presents an intimate look at the winemaking process, including tastings and a special Harvest Tasting Menu.
For those seeking an in-depth exploration, Activities at the Foot of the Vineyard involve a guided vineyard tour, a premium wine tasting, and a local produce-based tasting menu in the restaurant with views of the vineyards and Barrel Room. Bodegas Baigorri also offers personalized experiences for groups, tailoring activities to individual preferences and needs. Arrange an experience by contacting them at [email protected] or calling +34945609420.
Bodega Finca Valpiedra
El Montecillo, s/n, 26360 Fuenmayor, La Rioja, Spain
Why Guests Like It: Majestic Views, 4×4 Vineyard Tours Along the Ebro River, Comprehensive and Engaging Wine Tasting Tours, Warm Staff
This esteemed estate is renowned for its singular location within a stunning meander of the Ebro River, creating a unique microclimate that contributes to the distinctive character of its wines. Finca Valpiedra stands out for its commitment to single-vineyard wines, a rarity in the Rioja region, allowing for an exceptional expression of terroir in each bottle. The winery’s contemporary approach, combined with a deep respect for traditional winemaking practices, results in wines that are both elegant and complex. The picturesque landscape of the vineyard, with the river’s presence and the meticulously cared-for vines, adds to the attraction of Finca Valpiedra.
Finca Valpiedra offers a selection of unique wine tasting tours, each designed to showcase the vineyard’s philosophy and the singular beauty of its location in La Rioja. The Visit Cantos tour, priced at 18 euros per person, invites guests to experience the natural landscape and learn about the winery’s approach from vineyard to glass, emphasizing the importance of the fruit. For a more adventurous experience, the Visit Finca Tour, at 28 euros per person, includes a 4×4 tour through the Finca Valpiedra vineyards, offering insights into the vineyard work and wine production process, culminating in a tasting that captures the essence of their wines. The “On the Banks of the Ebro River Tour” tour, for 64 euros per person, is a comprehensive experience that combines a 4×4 vineyard route, a detailed winery tour, and a tasting of Finca Valpiedra’s most representative wines, followed by a delightful cold lunch amidst the stunning natural backdrop. (Prices accurate at time of publication). Email them at [email protected] or call +34 941 45 08 76 to book your preferred experience.
Bodega Miguel Merino
Vitoria Errepidea, km 53, 01307 Samaniego, Araba, Spain
Why Guests Like It: Boutique, Family Operated, Warm Staff, Great Quality Wines, Off-the-beaten-path
Visiting Bodega Miguel Merino is the essence of a boutique winery visit in La Rioja. This is a small, family-run operation and each staff member truly takes pride in their work. The winery offers private tasting experiences that give you the opportunity to walk and taste along with the winemaker or a family member. It’s positioned just below the quaint town of Briones, which is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful rustic towns in Rioja. In order to make an appointment, email [email protected] or call (34) 689384566.
Carretera N-232, KM 445, 26221 Gimileo, Spain
Why Guests Like It: Family Operated, Warm Staff, Great Wines, Tapas, Organic, Great Setting
Combining a sense of place, family tradition and visitation customization options, we’d be remiss if we didn’t suggest stopping by Bodegas Santalba. For the “discoverer” Winetraveler, this is one of those boutique experiences where at the end of your visit you’ll feel like a part of the family.
It’s important that you book a visit to Santalba ahead of time. Not only will this allow you to reserve a spot, but they’ll also try their best to tailor your visit to your specific preferences. Be sure to email [email protected] or call (34) 941 304 231 to enquire about opportunities.
Bodegas Vinícola Real
Carr. de Nalda, Km 9, 26120 Albelda de Iregua, La Rioja, Spain
Why Guests Like It: Boutique, Warm Staff, Great Wines, Historic Setting, Customizable Experiences
A hidden gem in Rioja, step into the underground cellar of Vinicola Real and be transported back in time. The cellar here has been in use for over a thousand years when medieval monks once inhabited the property. Here, you can taste wine in a familial setting on historic grounds. Contact the winery ahead of time to see if you can secure guided experiences through the monasteries of Suso and Yuso, vineyard tasting experiences, or how to attend their annual harvest festival. Bodegas Vinicola Real also offers customized itinerary options once you get in touch.
Bodegas Gregorio Martínez
Polígono 1 Parcela 12- Nalda La Rioja (Ubicación bodega), 26002 Logroño, La Rioja, Spain
Why Guests Like It: Personal, Intimate Tours, Small Family Winery, Passionate Staff
Keeping with the boutique theme, this humble producer crafts a delicious portfolio of terroir-driven wines. In most cases, you’ll receive a private guided tour through the small property by Miguel, the winemaker himself. Following the tour, relax in the tasting room and enjoy small bites of local cuisine designed to be paired with the wines, including somewhat rare truffle-topped potatoes. Advanced reservations are highly recommended, though you may be able to drop in for a tasting unannounced. Contact [email protected] or call (34) 941 22 62 63.
Vinos naturales DOCa Rioja Bodegas Ojuel
C. Mayor, 49, 26376 Sojuela, La Rioja, Spain
Why Guests Like It: Beautiful Views, Organic, Charming Setting, Intimate Tours, Small Family Winery, Passionate Staff
The epitome of a boutique, familial visitation experience in wine country, we highly recommend scheduling an afternoon with winemaking couple Mila and Miguel. A visit to Ojuel on the slopes of the Sierra de Moncalvillo offers guests the opportunity to experience something different. Whether it’s picking the grapes themselves and hanging them up to dry, or sampling the resulting (and somewhat rare) dessert wine called Supurao, you’ll leave with an incredible memory. Get in touch ahead of time by emailing [email protected] or call Mila at (34) 629 455 157, and plan to enjoy a glass or two with Ojuel out in the vineyard.
C. las Cuevas, 238, 26340 San Asensio, La Rioja, Spain
Why Guests Like It: Charming Setting, Personal Tours, Wine Caves, Local Cuisine, Warm Staff
Another humble winery worth stopping by if boutique is your thing. Bodegas Gonzalez-Puras keeps it simple and offers two kinds of tasting experiences. Their “Discover Rioja” experience will take you through the winemaking process which culminates with a visit down into the centuries-old wine caves. You’ll get to taste three of their wines on their terrace paired with a local appetizer. At the end, enjoy a walk through the vineyards. Their “Authentic Rioja” experience is similar but includes more local cuisine paired with their wines. Call ahead at (34) 687 936 272 or email [email protected].
Barrio de Las Bodegas, C. las Cuevas, 246, 26340 San Asensio, La Rioja, Spain
Why Guests Like It: Traditional Craftsmanship, Intimate Cellar Tours, 16th-Century Underground Caves, Authentic Riojan Flavors, Family-Run Charm
Bodegas Lecea stands out as a gem in the Rioja region, particularly for those who treasure authenticity and tradition in winemaking. This family-run bodega, rooted in generations of wine-making heritage (over 500 years in the business), offers several special wine tasting experiences, each by appointment only.
The classic tour takes visitors through their 16th-century cellars, blending historical insights with a tasting of three distinct wines. For a more hands-on experience, the Premium Tour invites guests to partake in vineyard activities, followed by a relaxing aperitif and a cellar tour. Adventure-seekers can embark on an electric bike tour, meandering through scenic vineyards, or opt for the thrill of a 4×4 ride across the picturesque landscapes, each including a winery visit and wine tasting. For a truly gastronomic delight, the Gastronomic Tour offers a traditional Rioja lunch, combined with an exclusive tour and wine tasting, encapsulating the authentic flavors and stories of this renowned winemaking region. To book your visit, contact them at +34 685 01 04 00 or via email at [email protected].
Lopez de Heredia
Av. Vizcaya, 3, 26200 Haro, La Rioja, Spain
Why Guests Like It: Beautiful Tasting Room, Great Quality Wine, Location, Friendly Staff
The town of Haro presents an opportunity for Winetravelers to quickly navigate through a number of famous producer’s cellars and tasting rooms. Grape production takes place out in Rioja’s countryside, but some winemakers process and age their wines at facilities within Haro. Lopez de Heredia (Viña Tondonia) is one of those producers. Their label is one of the most iconic, and if you’re already a Spanish wine lover, you’ve probably seen it before.
The winery has been in operation for over 144 years and is one of the 3 first wineries in Rioja. You can expect nothing less than quality juice no matter what you taste here, simply because they’ve been making it for so long.
Lopez de Heredia offers small private group tours through their cellar and facilities, and the staff are very accommodating if you’re looking for advice on other things to do in Haro. Learn more about scheduling a visit or drop in for a tasting.
Bodegas La Rioja Alta, S.A.
Av. Vizcaya, 8, 26200 Haro, La Rioja, Spain
Why Guests Like It: Exceptional Wines, Beautiful Grounds, Great Guided Tours, Warm Staff
If there’s one aspect about Bodegas La Rioja Alta we hear more than anything else, it’s the quality of their wines. Our readers rave about them. If you’re looking for a true expression of what wines from Rioja Alta should be, look no further than this producer.
We also like this winery because they offer a number of visitation options. You can taste and tour the facility within the town of Haro, or during certain times of the year, you can visit the wine estate (Torre de Oña) out in the countryside of Rioja Alta. Guided tours and tastings are offered at both.
Bodegas Martinez Lacuesta
Paraje de Ubieta s/n Acceso desde la rotonda, 26200 Haro, La Rioja, Spain
Why Guests Like It: Great Wines, Vermouth, Wine Cellar, Engaging Staff, Location
Another option while in Haro is to drop by Bodegas Martinez Lacuesta, known for their engaging wine cellar tours and high-quality Rioja wines. Enjoy a guided, walk-around tour and tasting in the barrel room and learn about the winemaking process. Lunch may also be an option for larger groups. You can also simply drop by their wine bar and terrace to try wines by the glass.
For a taste of something different, be sure to ask about their Vermouth, which has been made in the same style since 1937 and includes over 30 different herbs and spices. Schedule a visit or learn more here.
Av. Vizcaya, 2, 26200 Haro, La Rioja, Spain
Why Guests Like It: Elegant Tasting Room & Shop, Warm Staff, Great Wines, Location, Accommodating
Located just down the road from Lopez de Heredia, it’s well worth a stop at Bodegas Muga. This is another iconic Rioja brand with a beautiful tasting room, shop and guided tour opportunities. If you’re interested in a guided tour of the facility, we highly recommend scheduling a visit ahead of time, but we’ve found the staff to be accommodating and willing to fit last-minute arrivals into a group. Tours are offered in multiple languages and start at different times. Click here for contact information and visitation options.
Note that you don’t need to participate in a tour, you can also drop in and taste through their wines. They have sommeliers on staff that are very friendly and will walk you through the winery’s history, philosophy, and the wines themselves.
Av. Vizcaya, 5, 26200 Haro, La Rioja, Spain
Why Guests Like It: Location, Great Wines, Beautiful Grounds, Olive Oil Samples, Underground Cellar
It’s not every day we find a winery with such a well-known brand name that can still offer a boutique experience. Roda provides wine tastings within Haro, but if you book one of their more luxurious tours in advance, you can have a guided experience in the vineyard that ends with a visit to a cave where some of their wine is stored.
Bodegas Roda makes an effort to accommodate every kind of Winetraveler. If you want to get outside of Haro for a bit, consider their horse-and-carriage tour through the vineyard for just 50 euros. They also offer lunch and picnic experiences on a balcony overlooking the Ebro River and surrounding Rioja landscape. Click here for contact information and experience options.
Carretera Nacional, 232, 26330 Briones, La Rioja, Spain
Why Guests Like It: Museum, History, Restaurant, Educational, Beautiful Cellar
If you’re curious about winemaking and the culture of Rioja as it evolved over the centuries, you’ll find no better starting point than Bodegas Vivanco. While the winemaking process is overseen by Rafael Vivanco Saenz himself, a third-generation winemaker, Bodegas Vivanco attempts to bring the entirety of the growth and development of global wine culture under one roof with specific attention to Rioja.
The museum on the property will take you back 8,000 years to when we believe wine was first produced. The space spans over 4,000 meters and includes 6 rooms worth of displays and artifacts articulating the world of wine. Note that touring the museum is un-guided and audio is provided.
Aside from the museum, you can of course also taste the wine on-site, have a drink at the gastro bar or enjoy a meal at their restaurant with the Sierra de Cantabria mountains in the background. Schedule an experience of your choice here.
Viña Real (CVNE)
Av. Costa del Vino, 21, 26200 Haro, La Rioja, Spain
Why Guests Like It: Great Wine, Modern Facilities, Friendly Staff, Architecture, Impressive Cellar, Great Views
One of the more well-known Rioja producers, Bodega Viña Real stands out for its architecture and cutting-edge wine production techniques. This is a large winery, with numerous tour and tasting opportunities, but that doesn’t take away from the quality of experience and wines you can expect at Viña Real. They offer tours through their expansive cellar, lunch at both the winery and on the vineyard, and tastings on the terrace. Take a look at the various visitation options and availability here.
C. San Isidro, 46, 26509 Alcanadre, La Rioja, Spain
Why Guests Like It: Exceptional Wines, Local Produce, Friendly Staff, Charming Setting
For a slower-paced and boutique-tasting experience through a range of exceptionally crafted Rioja wine, it’s worth a stop at Bodegas Aradón. The staff at this farmers cooperative are incredibly attentive and passionate about their work. This is an opportunity to sample small-craft wines (including delicious whites) on grounds that have been inhabited since Roman times. If you’re lucky, you may get to enjoy some live jazz while you sip and take in the scenery. It’s best to call ahead of time to inquire about scheduling a visit: (34) 941 16 50 36
Bodegas Senorio de Libano & Castillo de Sajazarra
C. del Río, s/n, 26212 Sajazarra, La Rioja, Spain
Why Guests Like It: Castle Experience, Unique, Beautiful Grounds, Great Wine, Small Bites
For a winery experience that includes a side of medieval castle, consider scheduling a visit with Bodegas Senorio de Libano. You’ll make stops in the vineyard of the Fuente Negra country estate, explore outside the 15th-century Sajazarra Castle which belongs to the Libano family, and taste through their wines paired with an appetizer. Currently, 4 different wine-tourism experiences are offered. Each includes a visit to the castle gardens, but the wines and cuisine offered vary (red/white and various appetizer options). Learn more here and do schedule your visit ahead of time.
Bodegas Y Viñedos Puente Del Ea
Camino del Aguachal, 26212 Sajazarra, La Rioja, Spain
Why Guests Like It: Great Wines, Warm Staff, Beautiful Grounds, Great Value, Charming Setting
If you’re heading out from Senorio de Libano, continue your drive through Rioja Alta and meander along the road until you find yourself in the historic and charming setting of Bodegas Puente Del Ea. This small but high-quality organization offers guided wine tasting options as well as wine and local food pairings on the property. Taste through red, white and rosé wines along with a visit to their underground cellar. Reservations are required ahead of time, call (34) 941 320 405 or email [email protected].
Private Rioja Wine Tours Led by Locals & Sommeliers
Opting for a private guided wine tour of Rioja, led by local experts and sommeliers, presents a seamless and enriching way to explore this renowned wine region. These tours eliminate the hassle of logistics and planning, as every detail, from transportation to vineyard access, is meticulously arranged. This approach ensures a stress-free experience, allowing Winetravelers to fully immerse themselves in the delights of Rioja without the concerns of driving or navigating unfamiliar routes. Get insider perspectives and access to hidden gems that might otherwise be missed. Additionally, most of the below tours allow you to curate and customize a selection of vineyards or itinerary that caters to you or your group’s personal preferences.
Private Rioja Alta & Rioja Alavesa Wine Tour
Embark on a Rioja Alta and Rioja Alavesa Wine Tour, expertly operated by Rioja Like A Native. This tour offers a deep dive into the rich winemaking heritage of Rioja, covering the distinct sub-regions of Rioja Alavesa and Rioja Alta. With the convenience of a local guide and a designated driver, you’re free to indulge in multiple wine tastings without any transportation concerns. The journey is punctuated by a delightful stop in a medieval village for a traditional Spanish lunch, perfectly paired with local wines. The tour includes entrance fees and tastings at three renowned wineries, ensuring a comprehensive Rioja wine experience. All transportation is taken care of.
Private Rioja Wine Tasting Tour with Local Lunch (From San Sebastian, Bilbao, Pamplona, or Logroño)
This Private Rioja Wine Tasting Tour with Local Lunch, brought to you by Basque Guides, is a personalized journey through the heart of Spain’s premier wine region, La Rioja. Departing from San Sebastian, Bilbao, Pamplona, or Logroño, this exclusive tour is perfect for those seeking an intimate wine experience. You’ll visit two exceptional wineries, including some of the oldest underground wine caves in the region and a famous winery designed by the renowned architect Frank Gehry. Each tasting offers a chance to savor Rioja’s bold red blends right at the source. Complementing the wine adventure is a lunch at an authentic Basque restaurant, steering clear of the usual tourist spots for a genuine local dining experience. The tour also includes a stroll through the medieval streets of Laguardia village, adding a touch of historical charm. With private transportation and a dedicated driver, you can relax and enjoy the day without the hassle of car rentals. This tour is designed exclusively for your party, ensuring a truly personalized and memorable exploration of Rioja’s winemaking wonders.
La Rioja Boutique Wine Tour: 2 Wineries & Picnic Lunch (From Bilbao)
Experience the essence of Rioja’s gastronomic delights with the La Rioja Boutique Wine Tour, meticulously organized by Northern Spain Gastronomy. This full-day, small-group tour, commencing from Bilbao, offers an unparalleled journey into the heart of Rioja’s renowned food and wine culture. The tour includes visits to two local wine bars and a traditional winery, where winemaking techniques have been perfected over five generations. Your expert guide, an experienced sommelier, will provide insightful commentary and personalized tips throughout the day.
The highlight of the tour is a picturesque picnic lunch set against the stunning backdrop of the Rioja vineyards, offering an authentic taste of the region’s culinary heritage. Additionally, the tour features a leisurely stroll through the historic, walled medieval city of Laguardia, adding a touch of historical charm to your gastronomic adventure. You will have the opportunity to taste up to four regional wine labels in an authentic wine cellar, each thoughtfully paired with local cheeses, olive oil and chorizo. Transportation is provided in a comfortable and stylish new van, ensuring a relaxing and enjoyable journey to and from Bilbao.
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