Visit some of the best wineries in Rioja and Ribera del Duero, taste their top wines, and enjoy MAdrid on our 4-day Madrid, Ribera del Duero and Rioja Wine Tour. The tour includes accommodation, winery vistis with tastings and we can include meals at excellent restaurants,
The route and timetables below is a suggested itinerary for a Wine Tour to Rioja and Ribera del Duero from Madrid. However, we can customize the itinerary, and prolong the itinerary or start/end in another place.
Pick-up in Madrid and transportation to Ribera del Duero. This excellent wine region has experienced a revolution over the last decades. Wine has been produced here even before Benedictine monks came here from Cluny (France) in the 12th cenutyr to plant vines, but the production has been more than doubled over the last 20 years.
it is not until orld-class wine region where you will visit two of Ribera del Duero's best wineries. We start our wine tour with a visit to Emilio Moro This quality winery produces the folowwing wines: Emilio Moro, Finca Resalso, Malleolus, Malleolus de Valderramiro and Hito.
After the visit we can arrange a lunch in the area, and then you will a the second winery visit of the day at Aalto, where you will be able to taste Aalto and Aalto PS. Behind Aalto you will find winemaker Mariano Garcia, who worked as enologist at Vega Sicilia for more than 30 years.
Late afternoon, you will arrive to Vallaolid and check in to the 4* hotel Meliá Recoletos, a comfortable hotel right in the center of the city. Valladolid is full of nice resraurants, shop and charming plazas.
Today you will visit two of the very best wineries in Spain. Start the day (after a nice breakfast buffet at the hotel) visiting Bodegas Contador. One of the very few wineries that have succeded in getting 100 Parker Points.
Lunch in one of the good restaurants in Rioja. Enjoy a local meal paired with local wines.
in the afternoon we have a nother winery visit waiting for you at Bodegas Artadi. The winery is a faily young wine proyect, being founded in 1985. But Artadi has experienced a rapid growth and have had tremendous succes. It is one of the very few wineries to have obtained top score by Robert Parker. At Artadi you will have the possiblity of tasting wines like El Carretil, Pagos Viejos and Valdeginés, and for a supplement the mythic El Pisón. Since the success in la Rioja, Artadi has founded wineries in Navarra (Bodegas Artazu) and in Alicante (El Sequé).
Later afternoon, arrival at Haro and check-in at Hotel Agustinos 4* in Haro. This comfortable 4 star hotel is located in Haro, the capital of Rioja. If you want to spend a little more on the hotel, we recommend tje fantastic wine Hotel Viura in Rioja.
Start the day with a bicycle tour through Rioja. You will be able to enjoy fabolous views of the vines. Afterwards, visit to Marqués de Riscal. The winery is one of the oldest in Spain, but at the same time one of the most modern. Their installations use top notch aquipment and machinery. In 2006 the winery opened its 5* Luxury Wine Hotel designed by the American (Canadian born) Architect Frank Gehry, next to the old wine cellars,
At Marqués de Riscal, you can both taste classic Rioja, or you can taste wines from some of Marquez de Riscals other wineries in for example Rueda and Castilla y León,
Free time in the afternoon. Here you can relax at the hotel, stroll through Haro or shop. We recommend Haro's musem. In the evening we can book a nice restaurant for your group at one of Haro's best restaurants, or we can arrange for a nice dinner at one of the many quality restaurants outside Haro. We recommend La Vieja Bodega, a nice restaurant in nearby Casalarreina, ten minutes' taxi drive from Haro. with a bib-gourmand in the Michelin guide. Taste some of Rioja's typical disches paired with Rioja wine.
On the last day, you might have time to relax some hours in Haro before transportation back to Madrid or to the airport in Barajas.
Depending on flight time, etc. we can arrange for activities, tours or excursions. There are many possiblities, but we can recommend a private Hot Air Balloon Tour, a visit to Seogia, Escorial, a gourmet lunch or icycle tour.
Transportation to Madrid/Airport and end of tour.