Rioja, you may like one, you may love them all, or you simply like trying different things. But mostly it’s about understanding that many producers blend the grapes from all three of the different regions. And even though Baja is the least prestigious of the three, there are certainly some very good wines that come from there mainly because of the hotter climate, where you get a little more ripeness in the grapes.
Alavesa is probably the trending sub-region in Rioja, and due to the minerally of the soil you tend to get a wine that has a lot of structure, with good acidity and tannins.
The classic Rioja wines with great finesse, naturally originate from Rioja Alta, which is obviously a good choice for a 3-cellar more intensive tour.
Although all three sub-regions focus very strongly on producing wines in the regional style, other styles of wine are also produced here. The most notable of these, and perhaps the most unexpected, is Spanish “Cava”, or sparkling wine – not something with which Rioja is often associated since aound 95% of Spain's total Cava production is from Catalonia. However, certain parts of the region are officially authorised to produce Spain's iconic Cava as well.
MONDAY TO SUNDAY
PICKUP FROM HARO/LOGRONO
FULL DAY 08h00-17h00*
HALF DAY 10h00-15h00*
Times are indicative only, and depend on pickup location. Please make an enquiry to confirm exact timetable.
Includes VIP pickup form your doorstep.
Transport, and all tasting/cellar fees with tasting tapas.
With literally hundreds of wineries producing excellent wines across Rioja, our tour visits three represntative wineries, old and new, to understand both the sub-regions and the rich traditions of Rioja.
End you tour with lunch at one of the vineyards. Rioja is represented by many larger cellars with restaurants, but we prefer the smaller more intimate family vineyards, with food served from the winemakers own kitchens.
ALTITUDE 700m average
SIZE 70,000 Hectares
PRODUCTION 300M L/annually