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Enjoy this great gourmet and wine tasting itinerary through La Rioja region in Spain, and get to know top wine producers and cellars in the most important wine growing area in Spain, being at the same time one of the most important ones in whole Europe. Offer this tour from Madrid to La Rioja as a corporate event, incentive travel in your company or decide to participate yourself. Come, see, smell and taste something new, something unique at a reasonable price.

 
Itinerary offered through a Madrid located travel company :

Day 1- Friday - Transfer from Madrid Airport to our luxurious four star wine hotel in the magical medieval town of Laguardia. Briefing of the trip over an aperitif and our first toast of wine followed by a delicious gourmet dinner.

Day 2- Saturday - Visit of a wine museum in a lovely villa, where we will have an interesting introductory wine tasting class, including different aged wines from La Rioja, accompanied with some of the typical regional products. (* optional Golf class for beginners)
Lunch will be at one of the best restaurants in Laguardia, with spectacular views of the vineyards.
Visit to the Dinastia Vivanco Museum of the Culture of Wine located in Briones. Here we will discover how wine is made, the work of the coopers and bottle makers, methods of storing and transporting wine, the history of wine and different wines of the world, and, above all, the vast cultural legacy which wine has inspired all over the world, from the ancient Egyptians to modern times. Tasting of one of its wines after the visit.

Day 3 - Sunday
Today we will enjoy a fabulous wine activity right in the vineyards. We will learn about the winemaking process through the wine maker and participate in some activities depending on the season. Afterwards we will visit an ancient winery to taste its wine as well as a typical Spanish sweet liqueur “Patxaran” and have the traditional tapas before lunch.

Lunch will be at a renowned restaurant.

Rest of the afternoon free for you to explore this fascinating region.

Day 4 - Monday
Today we will visit one of the many old century wineries that exist in this region and taste the legendary Rioja wine before a gourmet lunch at our exquisite hotel restaurant.
In the afternoon we will have the opportunity to enjoy a guided tour through Laguardia, ending up with a visit to an stunning XIIth century cellar, one of the many underneath the town. A tasting tutored by a professional will follow.


Day 5 - Tuesday
Today we will drive through spectacular La Rioja wine countryside until reaching San Millan de la Cogolla, to visit the Human Heritage monasteries of Suso and Yuso, birthplace of Castilian language. On the way to San Millan we will pass through Berceo, birthplace of Gonzalo de Berceo, the first poet of the Spanish language. Then we will continue our way to a charming mountainous village where we will enjoy a creative lunch at one of the best restaurants in the region ( with Michelin star ), and end the day in Santo Domingo de La Calzada with its famous 13th century cathedral, where you will see the tomb of a Saint as well as a chicken coop right inside the church! Ask about the miracle of the cock and the hen and you will find out why. Then stroll through its streets and pause for a rest in the Tourist Parador, the former Pilgrims’ Hospice.
Back to Laguardia. Evening free.


Day 6 - Wednesday - Today we will visit a famous winery, not only for the quality of its wine but for its fascinating architecture. We will taste two of its magnificent wines.
After this fabulous experience we will enjoy a farewell traditional lunch in a cellar. When it comes round to lunchtime, don’t miss the lamb chops grilled over vine twigs or potatoes with chorizo sausages, typical Rioja cuisine which can be enjoyed in some of the cellars. Rest of the afternoon free.

Day 7 - Thursday - Savour your last full breakfast. Check out. Transfer to airport and end of our services.

 
 
Please find below some of the gourmet routes offered. For enquiries just send us an e-mail to the following address, indicating name, number of people, dates and requirements (this also includes other options in case you prefer other cities and less or more days). Any enquiry will be forwarded onto the company and they will answer you as soon as possible with the necessary details:
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