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).
Explore the Vitoria and Rioja region
Must-see for wine-lovers
Enjoy a guided tour of a wine cellar in the Rioja region
Panoramic tour of Victoria and walking tour in the old part
Depart from your Bilbao hotel in an air-conditioned minivan and relax during the scenic journey south to Vitoria, the Basque Country’s capital city. Follow your guide on a picturesque and panoramic tour of the city, exploring the quaint historical quarter and visiting sites like the ambient Virgen Blanca Square and the colossal Cathedral of Santa Maria.
After enriching exploration of Vitoria, return to the minivan and travel to Rioja, a bounteous region in which verdant vineyards sprawl and juicy grapes grow abundantly. Stop at the medieval village of Laguardia and explore the impressive monuments; stroll the ancient streets and navigate the ambient labyrinth of lanes in search of churches and house shields.
Descend to the darkened depths of a traditional underground Rioja cellar to gain insight into the fermentation methods used to produce fine wines. Treat your taste buds to sumptuous samples of the wine then enjoy an afternoon of relaxed free time, dining in rustic restaurants recommended by your guide.
Return to your hotel in Bilbao at the conclusion of the tour and relax during the scenic journey back to the city.
Reviews by Viator travelers
Meh 2.5 stars
, Oct 2019
Wine tours are expensive. This one was the cheapest and I feel like we basically paid for the petrol to get to the region and back. Vittoria is a nice place has alot of history and apart from it being close to the wine region and green city of the year 2012 there was not much else to see. Due to the altitude of Vittoria it was also much colder than Bilbao and everyone was underdressed. The tour guide had to split his tour into English and Spanish for the two members of the group that were Spanish speaking which didn't seem fair for anyone including especially our guide as he explained alot of detailed historical facts. La Guardia, the walled was town in the wine region, was genuinely fascinating and well worth a visit but the tour only covered one taster glass of wine, each additional glass cost 2€, no food was included in the cost at all. It wasn't all bad we got to see the region paid the extra and tasted great wine and learned alot, but it should have been advertised properly as a historical tour no food and wine included!
We chose this tour as a way of exploring the area beyond Bilbao where we were staying. Booking was easy and a pickup location was arranged by the tour company phoning us promptly after booking.
The transportation was in a small bus, clean comfortable and the guide, Stephan was very informative and spoke to the tour group in English, Catalan, and Spanish. He organised the tour well giving each language group attention and time. En-route to Vitoria-Gasteiz, he told us about the Basque heritage, culture and language, as well as pointing out landmarks.
The tour of Vitoria-Gasteiz was informative and allowed time for us to explore ourselves.
The visit to LaGuardia was next with information about the history and culture.
The tour of the wine caves was interesting, though don’t expect it to be a large scale industrial tour with multiple tastings, more a small family business with old-fashioned practices. Again there was ample time allowed to eat lunch and explore the walled town. A key point to note is that most of the shops closed promptly at 2.30pm, leaving only bars and restaurants for food.
Return to Bilbao by around 17.00hrs.
The trip included a stop in Vitoria. The city was very interesting with the stories told about the churches, the festive annual celebration and the walking about in the narrow, old streets. Next stop was Laguardia where we learned the history of the city and visited a winery. There was a nice intro given by the winery person, which followed by going deep into the ancient cellar and tasting the Rioja wine. Our tour guide Stefan did an excellent job telling about Vitoria, Laguardia and Rioja wine in the area.
Amazing tour of southern Basque country. Wonderful sights and really worth the day. Out tour guide Stefan was knowledgeable, friendly, and clearly passionate about his job and the area. Wish were back there!