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WINE & ARCHITECTURE IN RIOJA

Cutting edge architecture paired with wines

Architecture & Wine go hand in hand in La Rioja

Cutting edge architecture for wine lovers to enjoy their two passions in a fun, informative way

Winemaking has influenced architecture throughout Rioja over hundreds of years; we will show you how and why.

The pioneer was Gustav Eiffel in 1890 followed by a number of renowned international architects including: Frank Gehry, Santiago Calatrava, Zaha Hadid and Philippe Mazierres.

Built more recently, this small region has over 600 wineries that showcase a variety of architectural styles: from modernist jewels to avant-garde temples.

What one may not expect is that those buildings blend in beautifully with the landscape, which just adds to La Rioja’s allure. It is difficult to describe without experiencing it first-hand. Together we will discover some jaw-dropping architectural wineries and understand them within their context.

Duration: from 9am to 6pm

Itinerary:

  • 9am hotel pick up and drop off
  • guided tour at Marqués de Riscal, Frank Gehry’s titanium avant-garde winery in Elciego with tasting of 2 wines
  • Tasting session of 4 wines at a contemporary architectural winery
  • guided tour at a boutique 15th-century cellar with a series of interconnected galleries excavated out of bedrock. This visit will allow you to understand the origins of winemaking in Rioja and the importance of gravity back then. Tasting of 3 wines.
  • Farm-to-table home-made lunch paired with 2 wines served at our private underground cellar excavated out of bedrock underneath a 12th century castle
  • 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
  • Lunch
  • Guide services with an English speaking guide and wine expert
  • Insurance and liability

Rates per group size

  • PRIVATE TOUR FOR TWO
    EUR 300 per person
    A tour for a single party of 2 people
  • PRIVATE TOUR
    EUR 250 per person
    A single party tour. Size: from 3 up to 8 people
  • SMALL GROUP TOUR
    EUR 220 per person
    Different parties sharing a tour. Size: 4 up to 8 people
  • LARGER GROUPS
    For private parties larger than 8 people, please ask for a quotation

Payment methods

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’ opinions on the Architecture&Wine tour

My wife Samantha and I booked Inma for day tour of the Rioja wine region and were absolutely thrilled with the experience. As avid travelers to various wine regions globally we had lofty expectations for what we would experience and Inma did not let us down! She collected us promptly at 9:00 am from our hotel in Logrono and we had a full 9 hour personal tour of various wineries from large and renown Rioja vintners to small generational wineries that have been passed down father to sons for years. Along the way Inma shared the historic and cultural perspectives that define this very diverse and ancient wine region and gave us a very intimate look at the passion, work ethic and love of the region that drive these winemakers to produce some of the best wines in the world. The tour was highly organized with interspersed stops at architectural points of interest, from modern winery designs to medieval hilltop towns, churches and castles. Her ability to articulate the history of Rioja by explaining the regional significance of the places visited really enhanced the fantastic tastings that we enjoyed. I highly recommend her as the best tour currently available in the Rioja.

Our Rioja wine tasting and architectural tour
Our Rioja wine tasting and architectural tour Thom S. Chicago, Illinois TripAdvisor

Inma picked us up exactly on time and off we went on our Wine and Architecture Tour. Not only were the buildings beautiful, but the wine was amazing. We even had a picnic lunch in a cave that Inma had made for us. It was delicious, especially her father’s tomatoes. She educated us on the wines of Rioja as well as the customs of the area. I hope to return to the region again and I will definitely be signing up for another tour. This is a very complete tour that highlights some excellent and very reasonably priced wines in Spain.

Loved every minute
Loved every minuteBenance STL, USTripadvisor

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