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Wine Lover's Guide to Basque Country

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Wine Lover's Guide to Basque Country
Winemaking has been taking place in Basque Country since ancient times, with the Romans having first tended vines here. The Spanish region’s mild coastal climate and old-growth vines yield high-quality reds and whites. See below to discover what you should be drinking in Basque Country. 

Must-Try Varietals
Perhaps the most ubiquitous and most unique wine of Basque Country is txakoli (pronounced “cha-coli”), a fruit-forward and mildly effervescent white. Txakoli is produced in one of three areas with designation of origin status—Getaria, Biscay (Bizkaia), and Álava—and makes for a refreshing accompaniment to seafood pintxos (Basque Country tapas). 

Basque Country is also home to Spain’s most renowned wine region: La Rioja. Located to the south of Basque Country, the Rioja Alavesa subregion is known for its full-bodied reds featuring tempranillo grapes, though a small amount of white wine is also produced here using viura (known elsewhere as macabeo) grapes. 

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  • Bar-hop your way around Bilbao during a food and wine tour of the city.
  • Learn about traditional winemaking methods during winery tours in Rioja Alavesa, a segment of the famous La Rioja wine region. 
  • Pair pintxos with Basque Country pours during an expert-led wine tasting in San Sebastián
  • Sip lightly sparkling txakoli wines during an excursion to Zarautz.
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La Rioja Wine Tour with Two Winery Visits and Tastings from San SebastianDay Trips

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La Rioja Wine Tour with Two Winery Visits and Tastings from San Sebastian

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San Sebastian is a great springboard for visiting Spain’s La Rioja, a wine-growing region beneath the Cantabrian Mountains known for its high quality, and mostly, red wines. Explore the vine-covered hills on this small-group tour, and visit two bodegas (wineries) to see their vineyards and production facilities. At each estate, finish with a wine tasting to sample different varieties alongside local snacks. If you wish, upgrade to a private tour.
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La Rioja wine tour with two winery visits with tastings from BilbaoDay Trips

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La Rioja wine tour with two winery visits with tastings from Bilbao

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Spain is widely famous for its wines' high quality, and the cradle of these wines, the land that provides its name to the apellation of La Rioja, is not far from Bilbao. Enjoy visiting two wineries, have a relaxing walk through the vineyards, learn the wine-making process from the grape harvest to the aging and finish the experience with a wine tasting in each winery to taste some of the best Rioja wines. Two different wineries will be visited in order to learn the difference from one winery to the other. Along the day we will also visit the charming medieval village of Laguardia were two pintxos and wines will be tasted to have a complete gastronomical day.
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Essential Rioja Private Wine Tour from BilbaoWine Tasting & Winery Tours

Essential Rioja Private Wine Tour from Bilbao

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Discover what makes La Rioja Spain's premier winemaking region on this private, customizable wine tour from Bilbao. Visit two top wineries to taste the bold, fruity red blends that put Rioja on the wine lover’s map, and admire the architectural styles of other estates, including one designed by Frank Gehry. Stroll inside the city walls of the medieval Basque town of Laguardia on a guided walking tour, and enjoy the flexibility of a private tour that's tailored to your group’s interests.
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⭐The Premier Food & Wine Tour of BilbaoWine Tasting & Winery Tours

⭐The Premier Food & Wine Tour of Bilbao

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Learn all about traditional pintxos (the Basque version of Spanish tapas) on a guided walking tour of Bilbao's bars. At each stop, sample one or two of these delightful little bar snacks accompanied with a glass of wine, beer, or hard cider. Get an insider's perspective of the ancient part of the city that dates back to 1300. Consider booking this tour at the beginning of your Bilbao vacation so you can return to your favorite hotspots for more pintxo sampling.
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Rioja Full Experience Tour from San Sebastian with LunchDay Trips

Rioja Full Experience Tour from San Sebastian with Lunch

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This is the ideal tour for wine lovers. Take the hassle out of planning transport, as you’ll be picked up from your hotel and transferred between the two wineries you visit in La Rioja. You’ll be in a small-group, so you can customize your itinerary to suit your needs. Have the ultimate worry-free day as admission tickets, wine-tasting, and a three-course lunch are all included.
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Private Rioja wine tour. Exclusive 90+ Parker point wines Day Trips

Private Rioja wine tour. Exclusive 90+ Parker point wines

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Taste your way through Spain’s most celebrated wine region on a completely private tour of La Rioja from San Sebastian. Sample bold red blends at two different wine cellars, including some of the oldest underground wine caves in the area, and see the famous winery designed by architect Frank Gehry. State your appetite and venture off the tourist track with lunch at an authentic Basque restaurant, and explore the charming medieval streets of Laguardia village on this mouthwatering, personalized experience.
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Vitoria and the Rioja Wine RegionWine Tasting & Winery Tours

Vitoria and the Rioja Wine Region

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Discover the verdant vineyards and intriguing history of the Rioja wine region on a full-day tour from Bilbao. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, visit charming villages like Harn and Laguardia to see medieval monuments and admire spectacular views of the countryside. Venture to Vitoria in order to wander the sprawling vineyards and descend into atmospheric wine cellars to learn about complex manufacturing processes. Pleasure your palate with the refined taste of signature wines during a tasting session and enjoy a traditional lunch in a locally recommended restaurant (own expense).  
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La Rioja two wineries visit with wine tasting and pintxos in small group tourDay Trips

La Rioja two wineries visit with wine tasting and pintxos in small group tour

Spain is widely famous for its wines' high quality, and the cradle of these wines, the land that provides its name to the DO La Rioja, is reachable from Vitoria. Enjoy visiting two wineries (bodegas), have a relaxing walk through the vineyards, learning the wine-making process from the grape harvest to the maturation and finish the experience with a wine tasting in each winery to taste some of the best Rioja wines. Two different wineries will be visited in order to learn the difference from one winery to the other. Along the day we will also visit a charming medieval village, Laguardia.
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 Txakoli winery small group tour with tasting in Getaria and ZarautzWine Tasting & Winery Tours

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Txakoli winery small group tour with tasting in Getaria and Zarautz

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'Txakoli' is a lightly sparkling white wine predominantly from the Basque region: its green bottles dominate San Sebastian’s bars. This half-day tour lifts the lid on its secrets at two 'txakoli'-producing coastal towns: Getaria and Zarautz. Tour both towns, and visit a Getaria 'txakolindegi' (winery) to see and learn about its vineyards and taste its wines alongside local delicacies. Upgrade for a private tour, with just you and your guide.
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La Rioja winery visit with tasting and traditional lunch in small group tour

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Get to know the wines of La Rioja on a full-day small-group tour from San Sebastian. Skip the hassle of a rental car and admire the scenery while your guide does the driving. Visit a winery and stroll through the vineyards while learning about the local winemaking process. Relax over a traditional lunch complete with a wine tasting. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included for your convenience.
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San Sebastián Food Tour: Pintxos and WineWine Tasting & Winery Tours

San Sebastián Food Tour: Pintxos and Wine

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Discover the esteemed culinary scene of San Sebastián on an evening tour to three award-winning ‘pintxos’ (Basque tapas) bars. Accompanied by an expert gastronomical guide, discover the history behind the miniature morsels known as pintxos and pleasure your palate with samples of some of the city’s best. Tantalize your taste buds with local delicacies like spider crab while sipping fine Basque wines and crisp locally brewed beers.
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San Sebastian Lunch Time Pintxo Tour with WineWine Tasting & Winery Tours

San Sebastian Lunch Time Pintxo Tour with Wine

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Get a lesson in the art of pintxo eating with this mouthwatering food and wine walking tour in San Sebastian. Follow a foodie guide to several of the city’s best pintxo bars, where you’ll savor a hand-picked selection of Basque tapas paired with local wines and ciders. Featuring enough bite-size delicacies to make a hearty lunch and an intimate small-group atmosphere, it’s the perfect way to get a taste of San Sebastian's famous dining scene.
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Completely Private, San Sebastian Top pintxos tourWine Tasting & Winery Tours

Completely Private, San Sebastian Top pintxos tour

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Take part in the cherished Basque tradition of pintxos on this private food and walking tour in San Sebastian. Visit some of the seaside city’s best pintxos bars to savor the delicious bite-sized snacks just like locals do, paired with Spanish wine or beer. Between tastings, explore the most important landmarks of San Sebastian's old town, taking advantage of your private guide’s expertise to learn the history of the city that was named a European Capital of Culture in 2016. 
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Pintxo tasting paired with Spanish wines small group tourWine Tasting & Winery Tours

Pintxo tasting paired with Spanish wines small group tour

Immerse yourself in the charming and wonderful Casco Viejo (Old Town) of Bilbao and let yourself be advised to taste the best pintxos in town paired with 4 Spanish wines from different Denominations of Origin, feeling like a bilbaino (native from the city) throughout the whole experience. Taste the best gastronomic art pieces combined with some of the best Spanish wines. In between pintxos you will have the chance to discover the whereabouts of this amazing area full of history, getting mixed with the local people through the route that our tour leader will take you.
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4x4 Basque gastronomy and wine txakoli tour to inland Valley of Ayala Dining Experiences

4x4 Basque gastronomy and wine txakoli tour to inland Valley of Ayala

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Discover the essence of the Basque traditional culture, gastronomy and rural life-style, with a 4x4 route around the natural treasures of inland Ayala valley and Sierra Salvada mountains. We will enjoy the most important foods in the basque gastronomy: the bread, traditional-made in a wood-fire oven; the primitive, brillant and cherfull white wine from the coast, named Txakoli; and the finest traditional cheese DO Idiazabal, made of milk from a native breed of sheep fed on the greenest mountain pastures. Throughout the excursion we will lead offroad routes at the bottom of the valley and climbing to the top of the mountains along narrow and scenic old muleteers trails, to enjoy magnificent panoramic views, including Nervion river waterfall, with 270 meters, the highest drop of Spain. After whet your appetite, including in the tour you will enjoy a 100% basque gastronomical full menu, with fresh farm-and-sea-to-table ingredients in the most remarkable restaurant, Arcos de Quejana.
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Vitoria And Rioja, Wine Region With WineryWine Tasting & Winery Tours

Vitoria And Rioja, Wine Region With Winery

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Visitors to Basque Country can easily miss the charming capital city of Vitoria, opting to tour the smaller villages and wine regions. On this full-day tour across Basque Country, travelers don't need to choose—you'll visit both the city and countryside. Start your day walking through Vitoria's historic quarter, and then head to La Rioja for an afternoon in the vineyards and villages. Wrap up your day at a traditional winery for a wine tasting, included at no extra charge.
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Bodegas Vidular wine tasting in Cantabria

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This is a walking tour of the unforgettable vineyard of Bodegas Vidular in Vidular, Cantabria. You can tour the vineyard with of one of the owners of the winery, enjoy the peace that this visit brings to a vineyard that is located in a very quiet and rural area of ​​Cantabria. After the visit on foot through the vineyard, the owner of the winery will show you the facilities from the winery and you will discover some of the secrets of how their wines are made, his cava and his marc. Finally, you will enjoy a tasting of the products of the winery (white wines, cava and orujos) accompanied by a series of local of Cantabrian products. Next to the winery there is a rural and centenary house belonging to the same property that completes the view of this magical corner for wine lovers. The perfect combination: stone house, vineyards, valleys and mountains.
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Rioja Wine & Food Tour From San SebastianDay Trips

Rioja Wine & Food Tour From San Sebastian

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Benefit from personalized attention and private round-trip transportation for your group on this multi-stop winery tour. There's no need to rent a car or choose who will be the sober driver; you can sample as much wine as you like at four Rioja winery stops. Learn about the history and viniculture of this particular variety of Spanish wine.
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Walking Pintxo Bar Dinner Tour--Chef Led!Wine Tasting & Winery Tours

Walking Pintxo Bar Dinner Tour--Chef Led!

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Taste your way through San Sebastian with a chef leading the way during this walking tour. Visit five different bars in the Old Town to sample pintxos (Basque tapas) alongside traditional drinks from cider to Txakoli white wine. Learn about local food culture from a professional chef during this small group tour, limited to 10 people.
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Full-Day Private Rioja Wine Tasting and Lunch Tour from San SebastiánWine Tasting & Winery Tours

Full-Day Private Rioja Wine Tasting and Lunch Tour from San Sebastián

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The Rioja wine region produces some of the finest wines in the Basque Country and a private tour offers a more personalized tasting experience. On this full-day tour from San Sebastián, take part in guided wine tastings at two different wineries, learn more about the winemaking process as you tour the vineyards, then indulge in a delicious 5-course lunch paired with regional wines.
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Rioja Wine Tasting Tour from San SebastianWine Tasting & Winery Tours

Rioja Wine Tasting Tour from San Sebastian

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Maximize time in the Basque Country with a private full-day tour of the wine region La Rioja from San Sebastian. See the bold architecture of wineries designed by Frank Gehry and Santiago Calatrava, stroll through vineyards, and taste a variety of wines alongside traditional Riojan tapas. Tastings at 4 wineries and private round-trip transportation are included.
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Rioja Wineries and Laguardia Tour with Picnic from San SebastianDay Trips

Rioja Wineries and Laguardia Tour with Picnic from San Sebastian

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Explore the classic wines and food of the La Rioja region on a 9-hour wine tour from San Sebastian, visiting three local wineries for tastings at each location. Your day in La Rioja also features an elegant Spanish picnic accompanied by crianza wine at a fourth winery, as well as time to explore the picturesque medieval village of Laguardia. With pickup and drop-off at San Sebastian hotels, and all tastings and lunch included, this wine tour is an indulgent way to discover La Rioja wines.
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La Rioja Explore TourDay Trips

La Rioja Explore Tour

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If you like vino then this is the tour for you. We'll take you behind the scenes and show you a special, personal side to this famous wine region. Say goodbye to the coast for the day and we’ll wind our way through the mountains of the Basque Country until we’re met by the sunny hills of La Rioja, carpeted with endless rows of grape vines. We’ll take you to a very special, four generation, family run Bodega where they’ll show you the whole wine making process. Then hit the relax button, it’s the tasting and tapas session on the patio overlooking the valley. Off down through the vines we’ll stop off at a famed bodega and prepare to be wowed. Next it’s over to the eleventh century town of Laguardia to amble through the sun drenched cobbled streets visiting the hidden cellar caves full to the brim of the regions finest. Topped off with a local restaurant for a 3 course traditional feast. Its an incredible way to spend the day and see what else this unique area has to offer.
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A small group San Sebastian Pintxo Crawl with wine tastings-evening (2 pers min)Wine Tasting & Winery Tours

A small group San Sebastian Pintxo Crawl with wine tastings-evening (2 pers min)

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Immerse yourself in the culture of San Sebastian's pintxo bars on this pub crawl with a local guide. You'll visit the local bars that many tourists don't ever find with small group of just eight people or fewer. Taste an array of five different pintxos accompanied by five drinks that enhance their flavor profiles. Traveling with a small group means you'll enjoy getting to know your guide and fellow travelers.
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