Exclusive Rioja Wine Festival: Experience 14 Top Wines & 7 Michelin Star Tapas

Wine, Local Food
Food Pairing, Walking Tour, Cellar Tour
Meal, Pick up, Tour guide
English, Italian
Outdoor, Cultural, Historical
Minimum Drinking Age
/ Person
Jimena C
Activity Overview
‘La Cata del Barrio de la Estación’ Rioja Wine Festival is considered by wine critics to be the best wine event in Spain! This Rioja Wine Festival is for sure to be, once again, an unforgettable experience for wine lovers and foodies.

‘La Cata del Barrio de la Estación’ truly is a great opportunity for you to discover and taste some of the best-rated wines from Rioja Alta (14 in total) paired with local tapa dishes created by Spanish Michelin-Star Chefs Francis Paniego and the Echapestro Brothers (7 delicious culinary creations).

This fabulous wine and food event only takes place once every two years in Haro, the capital of Rioja Alta where the most renowned wineries from the area are located. From 11AM to 6PM, you will be able to freely explore a large part of these iconic wineries (7 in total) and discover charming and hidden gems from these unique bodegas.

We will depart from Madrid to Haro at 7:00AM in a comfortable coach bus arriving around 11:00AM in order to take full advantage of this amazing wine festival reuniting the best of the winemaking and the gastronomic scene in Rioja Alta.

You will then be able to explore and visit the 7 wineries on foot (there are all located walking distance one from another) and to taste 2 wines at each winery + a gastronomic Michelin-Star dish in each one as well. 

Complimentary live music and multiple wine activities will be in place throughout the entire journey for you to enjoy this wine experience to the fullest! Your wine guide will be accompanying you throughout the day.

List of Wineries Visited:
  • López de Heredia
  • Viña Tondonia
  • CVNE
  • Gómez Cruzado
  • La Rioja Alta
  • Viña Pomal Bodegas Bilbaínas
  • Bodegas Muga
  • Bodegas RODA
What to Expect During This Wine Experience:
  • A memorable Rioja wine experience
  • Tasting the best-renowned wines from Rioja Alta
  • Amazing food pairings created by Michelin-Star Chefs
  • Plenty of good vibes and a wonderful lively wine event
  • Entrance fee to the ‘Cata del Barrio de la Estación’ event
  • Wine tasting of 14 wines at 7 wineries in Haro
  • Enjoying 7 Star-Michelin dishes
  • Transport from Central Madrid to Haro in a comfortable coach (shared transportation) and return to Madrid on the same day
  • Wine and cultural related activities in all wineries
  • A beautiful wine glass for you to keep as a souvenir!
Not Included
  • Additional food or drinks throughout the day
  • Any other item not specified in the “price includes” section
  • Tips for your guide
Max. of 10
Start Time
On Jun 16, 20187:00 AM
12 H
More Info
Cancellation Policy
Very Strict
  • Cancellations made 15 days before will be fully refunded.
  • Cancellations made at a later date will not be refunded.
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Overall Experience
(5.0 of 5)
Unique, genuine and authentic!
From hotel pick-up to drop-off, Jimena and team were just fantastic! She was thoughtful, accommodating and speaks great English! We really enjoyed the entire experience--the wine tour and tasting was great. We also had fun with a quaint and private stroll through Navalcarnero, including a wonderfully delicious and authentic lunch! Not a typical "tour" by any means--so very unique and genuine--we loved ... more it! Well worth the cost.
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La Rioja, Spain
3 Days
We welcome you to experience one of the finest wine-making regions in Spain. You will enjoy the leisure from the comfort of your hired car. You will be accommodated at Hotel Marques ... morede Riscal, Rioja’s most iconic. This tour gives you a chance to enjoy Michelin-starred dinners as you taste exceptional tapas and wines that Spain has to offer.

Trip Highlights:

Return flights to Bilbao (hold luggage exclusive).

You will Relax with luxury private chauffeurs.

You will be accommodated at the spectacularly luxurious Marques de Riscal, a 5-star hotel, where you will enjoy complimentary access to the spa.

You will tour the famous Marqués de Riscal winery and get a chance to taste their fine wines.

You will enjoy full days private wine trip in the company of your devoted expert wine guide and driver. You will tour a variety of world-famous, contemporary and old wineries in the region. You will learn about the winemaking process, as you meet the winemakers while tasting the wines.

You will indulge in an exceptional eight-course Michelin Star dinner with accompanying wines.

You will enjoy a customary tapas lunch coupled with wines.


Day 1:
You will fly into Bilbao and relax with exclusive chauffeurs from Bilbao airport to your hotel. Once you arrive at the stunning Hotel Marques de Riscal, you will enjoy your first Rioja wine tasting experience at a famed cellar that dates from 1858. Afterward, you will enjoy the comprehensive spa and gym facilities at the hotel followed by an exceptional eight-course Michelin Star dinner paired with wines at one of the leading restaurants in Spain.

Day 2:
You will extend your Rioja wine tasting escapade with a full day wine tasting experience around Rioja in the company of your English-speaking driver guide who will drive you for the day. You will explore three estates and experience a mix of modern and boutique wineries and an ancient vineyard that dates back to the 14th century. Here, you will compare modern and old practices as you savor a diverse range of wines. You will refuel at lunchtime with a classic Riojan tapas lunch paired with wine.

Day 3:
We will suggest that you relax and explore the neighboring city of Logrono before returning home. You will tour the Old Town, for a stroll along streets that form part of the Way of St James. On your way to the airport, we recommend a stop off to explore the majestic Guggenheim Museum. Afterward, you will fly out from Bilbao.
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La Rioja, Spain
6 Days
We start our tour by tasting our way through Spain’s most famous wine region, Rioja. We’ll explore the outstanding cuisine and internationally famous wines the area is known for. We ... morewill get our fill of Tempranillo, Granacha, and Rioja Blanca, but we make sure to provide a well-rounded itinerary as we will taste both modern and classic wine styles, learn about a wide range of topics covering the complex history and culture of the area, and provide you with time on your own to make your own discoveries.

In the second half of the tour, we’ll make our way to another one of Spain’s great food regions. The fiercely independent Basque Country, or País Vasco as it is known in Spanish, is a picturesque mix of beautiful beaches, verdant agriculture, and sophisticated cities and small towns located in northern Spain. Perhaps above all, the Basque region is known as a true foodie paradise. Rumored to employ more chefs per capita than any other part of the world, the Basque region is full of culinary delights. It is also home to the indigenous Txakoli white wine, a crisp, lightly effervescent variety that naturally accompanies las frutas del mar of the northern coastline. Near the end of the tour, we venture out on a half-day side trip to the French side of País Vasco.

Tour Itinerary

Your guide will meet you in the heart of Bilbao, Spain, after lunch. If you arrive the day before, you will have time to visit the Guggenheim Museum and wander the winding streets of the historic center of this modern Basque city. We start our tour in Rioja, the most respected wine growing region of Spain, and Haro, its wine capital. Haro is an ancient and beautiful town set on a hill above the River Ebro and is our base for exploring Rioja.

On our way there, we’ll stop to expand our wine knowledge at the Vivanco Wine Museum where we will wander through their engaging exhibits that cover a wide range of wine subjects such as the origins of wine, wine accessories through the ages, winemaking methods, and different grape varietals. To top things off, we’ll then tour Vivanco’s own winery. Afterward, we head to the Hotel Los Agustinos, a lovely hotel with origins dating back to 1373!

We’ll have some time to rest and ready ourselves to participate in one of the most famous local customs: a fun pinxtos (tapas) crawl of our favorite tapas bars of the city – a great way to try many of the local specialties!

DAY 2 
Today’s theme is Classic Rioja Wines. We’ll start out with a short walk to the prestigious Bodegas López de Heredia Viña Tondonia, or simply Viña Tondonia, a 137-year-old winery that offers one of the best tours and tastings we’ve had the pleasure to experience, as well as a funky, decanter-shaped tasting room.

Next, we’ll head to tasty lunch at Restaurante Terete, the #1 rated restaurant in Haro on TripAdvisor. Established in 1877, they are quite famous for their locally-sourced stew and even more so for their lamb cooked in a wood-fired stove. Additionally, they have their own cellar stocked with plenty of incredible wines to choose from.

After we’ve eaten our fill, you will have free time to explore (and perhaps walk off our hearty lunch) along the postcard-esque streets of Haro on your own. Later, we’ll reconvene for dinner, this time at Bohedal Bodega, a winery where we will experience an informal and fun Riojan meal eaten outdoors. And as a special treat, we cap off the night’s meal with wine ice cream!

DAY 3 
Today’s theme is modern wines! We will explore the modern style of Spanish winemaking as we head to our intimate private tasting at Viña Real, whose parent CVNE (pronounced coo-nay) is legendary and whose architecturally innovative structure is shaped like a giant wine vat set into the hillside.

Afterward, we will shuttle to the nearby town of Elciego to lunch at the Marques de Riscal winery, world-famous for its architecture and hospitality. The incredible main building was designed by Frank Gehry and is intended to mimic the vines in the surrounding vineyards. We’ll eat in one of the two restaurants of the winery, both overseen by famous local chef Francis Paniego, and considered a must-stop destination for high-end food experiences in the region.

Later this afternoon, we will visit the small town of Laguardia, a walled village that hasn’t changed much since the 13th century! This is where Bodegas Carlos San Pedro, a hidden gem winery, offers a barrel tasting in the underground caves below the city, as well as a taste of their locally-produced olive oil. We then let you free to plan your own dinner tonight — maybe you’ll be ready for an earlier night and more casual fare — dinners in Spain are typically quite late and last a while by American standards!

After breakfast, we say farewell to the wonderful Rioja region, and say hello to the delightful Basque Country! We make our way to the town of Getaria which will be our home base for the next few days. We will be staying at the Hotel Saiaz where our rooms face the rolling waves of the sea, a reminder that the Basques have a long tradition of being master fishermen. Tonight’s dinner includes the wonderful grilled fish for which they are famous.

But before that, our first stop of the day is at Urki, a newer winery that specializes in Txakoli, a crisp, white wine that pairs effortlessly with the region’s exquisite cuisine and has a slightly sparkling quality. We’ll then make our way to the peninsula of San Anton, also known as “The Mouse” due to its characteristic shape, to sit back and take in our seaside surroundings as we enjoy a picnic lunch full of local flavors. Afterward, we’ll check into our hotel and have a chance to freshen up before heading to dinner at Kaia Kaipe, a restaurant overlooking the water and featuring fresh, natural, and seasonal cuisine.

DAY 5 
Today, we’ll cross the nearby border into France and the major fishing port and beach resort town of Saint-Jean-de-Luz, less than an hour away. There we will sample wonderful chocolates, bread, macarons, and other epicurean delicacies. After, you’ll have free time to stroll along the crashing waves of the waterfront and to pick out the perfect restaurant to enjoy a lunch of seafood that has recently been plucked from the sea (we’ll provide recommendations, of course!) with the mighty Pyrenees mountains as a backdrop.

Then it’s back to Spain to the bustling city of San Sebastian. Tonight will be a late night as we’ll take to you MIMO, where Michelin-star trained chefs-in-the-making to create extraordinary dishes, for an incredible Chef’s Table experience. A perfect way to end our last night together.

DAY 6 
On our last day of the tour, you’ll enjoy a leisurely morning of free time on your own. If desired, we can talk and walk along the beach promenade to visit the beautiful high-end surf town of Zarautz. After checking out of our hotel and having lunch on our own, we’ll continue our journey by completing our loop back to Bilbao, where we will bid one another farewell and to either travel onward or depart for home.

Tour Accommodations
Nights 1, 2, & 3: Hotel Los Agustinos (Haro) The Hotel Agustinos dates back to 1373 when Don Diego Lopez de Haro built the licensed convent. Since then its incarnations have included a military garrison, hospital, prison, and school. Completely renovated in 2006, the hotel features a magnificent cloister which is covered in glass and wonderful accommodations.

Nights 4 & 5: Hotel Saiaz (Getaria) Hotel Saiaz is converted from Gothic houses in the historic center and located on a narrow street of cobblestone. The hotel sits over the ocean and is minutes away from a wonderful beach, perfect for a swim before breakfast or dinner. The owner Mikel and his staff take excellent care of us. Accommodation upgrades available upon request. 

*Please note: Hotels are subject to availability. If the listed hotel is not available at the time of the tour, a hotel that is equal or better to the original will be secured.
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Logroño, La Rioja, Spain
6 H
Enjoy a unique gastronomic experience from the hands of the most recognized and award winning chefs. Food pairing with a menu of 7 dishes designed with seasonal products and 5 Rioja ... morewines; or even learn with the Cook On Site how to make the dishes you will enjoy. Also you may attend a Cooking Course where you will learn the most important secrets of Spanish cooking.