Hidden gems off-the-beaten-path wineries


The hidden gems of Rioja

Unusual Suspects

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

It is a tour to explore the high-quality lesser-known wineries of Rioja: smaller cellars, artisan producers, remotely located wineries that are highly praised by their fellow Riojan winemakers. 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. Producers that make small batches which are directly sold to high-end restaurants and wine shops.

These are usually “one-man band” characters, very talented grapegrowers and winemakers that make top-notch wines. Sometimes you just come across extremely gifted people throughout your career. We have been blessed to meet them and feel very grateful to introduce them to genuine wine enthusiasts. You will visit to 3 off-the-beaten-track wineries and enjoy a private guided tour at two of them, along with 3 tastings.

Experience first hand the wonderful hand-crafted wines on this intimate tour that unveils the lesser-known face of Rioja wines and winemakers.

Duration: from 9am to 6pm


  • 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 3 fine wines at a top quality small boutique winery that only sells to high-end restaurants
  • lunch
  • walk and coffee
  • 6pm hotel drop off

What’s included

  • Hotel pick up and drop off in Logroño, Laguardia, Haro, Marqués de Riscal and Viura
  • 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

    EUR 320 per person
    A tour for a party of 2
    EUR 270 per person
    A singe party tour. Size: 3 up to 8 people
    EUR 240 per person
    Different parties sharing a tour. Size: 4 up to 8 people
    For private parties larger than 8 people, 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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