Hidden gems off-the-beaten-path wineries

UNUSUAL SUSPECTS

The hidden gems of Rioja

Unusual Suspects: the hidden gems of Rioja

Our secret hidden gems are only revealed to authentic wine enthusiasts who wish to go one step further into Rioja styles

Hidden gems of Rioja

The Unusual Suspects is a tour to explore the hidden gems of Rioja. These true under-the-radar cellars are led by small artisan producers who make small batches of high-quality wines. They are under-the-radar cellars because despite the low profile they keep and the little market exposure they have, quality speaks for itself and that’s why the wines are directly sold to high-end restaurants only within Spain or Europe.

For us it means a lot that the producers we picked are highly praised by their fellow Riojan winemakers (there are over 600 wineries in the region!). You’ve come all the way here and we think it makes sense that you can sample the wines that are not so likely to be found at home, what we call the hidden gems.

The true lesser-known face of Rioja wines

We feel that very often the expresions off-the-beaten-track and hidden gems are overused in the Rioja wine tourism context and have sadly become a catchphrase, rather than being an honest reflection of the hard work of these growers.

Our goal is to offer a win-win experience for both sides. You can live first hand the wonderful hand-crafted wines on this intimate tour that unveils the lesser-known face of Rioja wines, whereas they get some market exposure and feedback. Sometimes you just come across extremely gifted people throughout your career. We have been blessed to meet them and feel grateful to introduce them to genuine wine enthusiasts like you.

Under-the-radar cellars

You will visit to 3 under-the-radar cellars and enjoy a private guided tour at one of them, along with 3 tastings. These are usually “one-man band” characters, very talented grapegrowers and winemakers that make top-notch wines with little marketing resources. The facilities are not state of the art because they focus on the vineyards. Once you see their hands and the passion they put into it you’ll understand why it’s a true off-the-beaten-track experience.

Duration: from 9am to 6pm

Number of wines tasted: 11

Itinerary:

  • 9am hotel pick up
  • Tasting session of 4 signature wines at a high-end terroir-oriented winery
  • Tasting session of 3 high-quality wines at a small winery not open to the general public (word of mouth amongst sommeliers)
  • Tasting session of 4 fine wines at a top quality small boutique winery that only sells to high-end restaurants
  • lunch
  • walk
  • 6pm hotel drop off

What’s included

  • Hotel pick up and drop off in Logroño, Laguardia, Villabuena, Elciego, Ábalos, Haro, Briñas
  • Chauffered transportation in La Rioja in a brand new 9-seater van or a 7-seater people carrier
  • All admission fees and all tastings
  • Bottled mineral water
  • Farm-to-table home-made lunch served at a private underground cellar underneath a 12th century castle
  • Guide services with an English speaking guide and wine expert
  • Insurance and liability
  • Travel Agency insurance

Rates per group size

  • SMALL GROUP
    230€ pp
    Different parties sharing a tour. Size: 4 up to 7 people
  • PRIVATE 4-8
    260€ pp
    A single party tour. Size: 4 to 8 people
  • PRIVATE 2
    300€ pp
    A tour for a party of 2
  • LARGER PARTIES
    For larger parties, please ask for a quotation

Payment method

Payment method Rioja Wine Trips

San Sebastian and Bilbao pick up/drop off

Hotel pick up and drop off in San Sebastian and Bilbao can be arranged at an additional cost.

Check the rates, pick up/drop off times and conditions at Rioja wine tours from San Sebastian and Rioja wine tours from Bilbao

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Other visitors’ opinion on the Unusual Suspects tour

Exceptional Rioja wine tour

Inma & Mel are both extremely knowledgeable, fun and have excellent relationships with many local wine producers.We visited a variety of family run and innovative winemakers who produce a fantastic range of high quality wines, many of which are different to those we come across in the U.K. We had a great lunch in a private wine cave surrounded by breathtaking scenery.Inma and Mel also went out of their way for me to visit a particular winery I like as well. All of the hardworking winemakers were really fun and engaging and I came home with some fantastic wines and fond memories.

Exceptional Rioja wine tour Dr. Ian C. UKTripAdvisor

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