Architectural Rioja Wine Tour

  • PRICES: FROM €879 PP

  • WHEN: April to October

  • DURATION: 4 days


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  • La Rioja, internationally famous region for its acclaimed wines and gastronomy and now emerging as a capital of avant-garde winery architecture.
  • Unique architecture wineries: Marquess de Riscal, Ysios, Lopez Heredia, Vina Real: Designed by innovative, international architects: Frank Ghery, Santiago Calatrava, Zaha Hadid and Philippe Mazierres.
  • Incredible Architecture beautifully merged in this tour with rural countryside.
  • The juxtaposition of rich history and local heritage with "the shock of the new" truly gives La Rioja a character unique among both wine regions and international travel destinations in general.
  • Spectacular landscape and walks through narrow, cobbled streets of one of the astonishing medieval towns in Europe: Laguardia.
  • Logrono, the capital awarded this year the prize for the Gastronomic and Culinary Capital of Spain for 2012.
  • Fabulous food, traditional and haute cuisine, some say food here is more sophisticated and varied than anywhere in Spain.
  • Sample authentic tapas made with fresh food. Mix with the locals.

Tour Summary

La Rioja, World Renowned Architecture Combine With Wine, Gastronomy And Culture At Its Best

La Rioja, internationally famous region for its acclaimed wines and gastronomy and now emerging as a capital of avant-garde winery architecture

Santiago Calatrava, Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid, Philippe Mazierres four giants of modern architecture and all with iconic masterpieces in Rioja. This tour combines an opportunity to see how the landscapes of Rioja embrace the brilliance of their concepts and how to experience the genius of Rioja itself; its sensational food, said to be the best in Spain, and its wine - both the well-known names and the paradigms of viticulture known only to the cognoscenti. In just four days, you will enjoy a feast of the unexpected joys and mysteries of this exciting corner of Northern Spain.

If you want to visit remarkable architectonic wineries, sample splendid wines, enjoy unforgettable meals in gorgeous surroundings, improve your knowledge about the impact of the modern wine architecture in the traditional Rioja wine culture, combined with striking medieval village tours, in one of the most tourist-free areas in Spain: La Rioja, this a trip that you must not miss.

Given Rioja's deep roots in medieval history, and its rustic and timeless landscape, it's interesting that the region is emerging as a capital of avant garde winery architecture. Wineries in Rioja have been designed by innovative, international architects such as Frank Gehry, Santiago Calatrava and Zaha Hadid.

The trend toward cutting edge architectural design really started a little to the north of Rioja in Bilbao, where the fireworks of titanium panels that is Gehry's Guggenheim Museum has put that city on the architectural map.

The funky architecture is not limited to wineries, or foreigners for that matter. The distinctive work of Spaniard Santiago Calatrava, who most recently designed the gleaming new PATH train station at New York's Ground Zero, can be seen in the Bodegas Ysios winery in Laguardia as well as at the Sondica Airport and Campo Volantin footbridge in nearby Bilbao.

These architects have been praised for incorporating artistic elements drawn straight from the vineyard in their designs, such as Gehry's tumbling streams of titanium, or Calatrava's undulating pleated roof. This juxtaposition of rich history and local heritage with "the shock of the new" truly gives Rioja a character unique among both wine regions and international travel destinations in general.

To step back in time is an amazing travel experience. To step back in time and look into wild possibilities of the future is even better.


You will be met at Bilbao home of the Guggenheim Museum with its lustrous exterior and collection of modern art. You will be driven south to Haro is a graceful town on the banks of the River Ebro, the home of Lopez de Heredia; it is a traditional family business with an astonishing secret: Zaha Hadid's award-winning free-standing tasting room and shop shaped like a decanter. After lunch, on to Elciego, the home of the Marques de Riscal Winery and its hotel of dazzling contortions designed by Frank Ghery. From there, you will be taken to Laguardia is a medieval hilltop city behind whose ramparts are cobbled streets flanked by bodegas and tapas bars. In the evening you will check into your hotel in Logroño, the region's capital, with its wide boulevards reminiscent of Bordeaux. Ysios next, and the harmony of Calatrava's wave-shaped winery set against the Cantabrian mountains, a study in elegance. Finally, Philippe Mazieres' Bodegas Viña Real shaped like an immense wine vat made from Canadian cedar wood.


You will experience a great range of wines from Rioja from traditional and avant guarde winemakers. The feature of Rioja is that the climate, soil and topography invites innovation and has done since the emigres from Bordeaux came south in the 19th century. Today, native vines share the hills with imports to yield award-winning wines from single chateau estates to fabulous blends derived from aging vines grown in specialist vineyards. So whilst Rioja is famous for its robust reds, there are many subtle varieties, reds, whites and roses to broaden your knowledge of the region.


Just as the wines of Rioja have a unique character, so does the regional gastronomy. Some say the food here is more sophisticated and varied than anywhere else in Spain. You will discover the most delicious snack food in the world, tapas and pinchos; Laguardia and Logrono have streets dedicated to tapas bars. At the other end of the scale, there are haute cuisine restaurants, some in major wineries and others in grand hotels. You will experience some of these on your journey.

This 4-day accompanied architectural tour starts and finishes at Bilbao Airport and allows plenty of time to go exploring on your own.

Day One - Bilbao- Haro

You are welcomed and escorted by our guide to our carefully selected hotel in La Rioja in our vehicle. Free evening. Time to relax in your hotel or to enjoy the numerous bars and restaurants around the city.

Day Two - Haro-Elciego-Logrono

Guided visit to one of the oldest and prettiest Wine Estates in Europe: Lopez de Heredia in Haro. Tour conducted by one of the members of the family. Wine tasting. Visit to one of the oldest Rioja wineries still in the original family's hands, 129-year-old preserves the same architectural oddities on its groundsut for a jolt of 21st-century design.

The Lopez de Heredia family commissioned a freestanding tasting room and shop from architect Zaha Hadid, one of the world's premier architects and a winner of the Pritzker Prize. For Lopez de Heredia, Hadid wrapped a carved-wood kiosk, in sinuous gold-tinted steel. As shiny as a luxury yacht hull, it's shaped like a decanter and furnished with Hadid-designed benches made of wine-colored Corian.

Next, guided tour of Marques de Riscal centenary winery and hotel. Pioneer in the Rioja wine region. Its wines have earned some of the most distinguished international awards. Hotel designed and built by Frank O. Gehry, one of the world's most renowned architects and author of works of art like the Guggenheim museum in Bilbao. Wine tasting. After visiting this spectacular temple of wine and architecture will be delighted with a truly outstanding Gourmet lunch based on fresh ingredients.

Private guided tour conducted by local expert of one of the most astonishing medieval towns in Europe. Free evening in Logrono. Time to relax, enjoy the numerous tapas bars or we can pre-book recommended restaurants.

(Optional) Guided tapas tour of the best tapas of the area some of them never seen before. Highly enjoyable.

Day Three - Logrono-Laguardia-Labastida-Logrono

At Laguardia, private guided tour of Ysios, an architectural wonder giving home to one of the best wines in Rioja. Ysios is the work of another world-famous architect: Spaniard Santiago Calatrava, who designed the $2-billion New York's Ground Zero. The architect Santiago Calatrava designed it from the sublimation of the outline of a row of barrels. Wine tasting.

Visit to a fabulous Wine Estate, one of the most important wineries in Rioja for Its successful style of blending the modern technology with the wine-making traditional methods.

Spectacular views of the Rioja valley of vineyards and the Cantabrian mountains.
Superb typical lunch from the area.

Private guided tour of Bodegas Vina Real, from architect Philippe Mazieres. In this cellar, the French architect Philippe Mazieres, has been able to combine the concepts of man, nobility and modernity with the use of concrete, wood and stainless-steel, the main components of this new cellar. Vina Real is composed of an enormous building in the shape of an oak vat, of Red Cedar wood from Canada, a building and two enormous tunnels drilled inside the hill. Time to rest and to enjoy the great atmosphere of Logrono by night.

Day Four - Logrono-Bilbao

Transfer to Bilbao. Once back in Bilbao, visit to the remarkable Guggenheim Museum Designed by the North American architect Frank Gehry, this unique building represents an amazing structure that has the presence of a huge sculpture set against the backdrop of the city.

Tour Prices

Price per Person: 3 Nights/4 Days

2 persons     1299.00

4 persons      1129.00

6 persons     959.00

8 persons    879.00



249.00 EUROS Single supplement

159.00 EUROS per Person Supplement

Wine festival 22nd - 26th September 2021 and 21st - 25th September 2022

This tour operates every week from April to October. November to March on request.

- For the scaled pricing system, the total number of people in the tour refers to how many are actually booked for the particular week, and not to how many people you must have in your party.

For example if you call to book two people and we already have four people booked, you will be paying the price designated to six people, if at a later day we book two more clients you will eventually pay the price designated to eight people.

We can also organize a similar tour subject to your requirements of number of people and days, budget etc,
please e-mail us on [email protected].

(*) SPECIAL PRICES for groups


From April to October- Every Week.

From November to March- On request.

We can also organize a similar tour subject to your requirements of number of people and days, budget etc,
please e-mail us on [email protected].

BOOK NOW e-mail us at [email protected] with the departure date and number of people.

Price Includes

Transport for 3 full days.

Transfers from and to Bilbao airport.

Personalised English speaking expert guide throughout the tour.

Three nights Accommodation based on double occupancy with private bath.

Three full breakfasts.

Five exclusive wine estate visits.

Four premium wine tasting.

Two gourmet lunches, including wine. (30e supplement, Lunch at a winery).

A medieval town guided walking tour.

Visit to the Guggenheim Museum.

All entrances and fees.

All taxes.

Note: If any of the published accommodation, range of wineries or restaurants in the tour becomes unavailable,
others of similar category will be allocated.

Note: Upgrade of wineries and/or restaurants will have a supplement. Please request.

What is not Included

Travel insurance.



Meals not specified.

Personal expenses.

Optional visits.

Note: If any of the published accommodation, range of wineries or restaurants in the tour becomes unavailable,
others of similar category will be allocated.

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Hotel Los Agustinos (Haro-La Rioja)

Historic-Building, 4 Star


This four star property is located right in the historic centre of Haro, centre of the wine production in Rioja, surrounded by a valley of vineyards and the Cantabrian Mountains. Walking distance you can experience numerous and excellent tapas.

General Facilities

Founded as a convent in 1373, Los Agustinos hotel is a beautiful and protected building, now its walls full of history play host to exceptionally comfortable facilities where it is a privilege to stay. It has an impressive courtyard where you can relax reading your favourite book or having a glass of Rioja.

Particular mention should be made of the Las Duelas Restaurant; the Bistrot de las Duelas; Bar-Cafeteria; 24-hour room service; and free WIFI throughout the Hotel. They offer conventional, modern and regional cuisine based on fresh products from the area and also having an outstanding wine-list and everything in historic surroundings.

The Rooms

There are 62 guestrooms, most of which are outward-facing, whilst the Hotel's most salient feature is the impressive, glass-domed cloisters, which are air-conditioned and enclosed. All rooms are decorated in a rustic style and enjoy all the modern comforts: satellite TV, wifi, private bathroom with hairdryer. Guests also have access to the hotel's fitness center.

Hotel Marques de Vallejo (Logrono-La Rioja)

Boutique Hotel


This boutique hotel is located right in the centre, in the historic and cultural heart of Logroño, at a walking distance of the main gastronomic streets, where you can find the best pinchos and tapas in northern Spain, the old part with the cathedral and numerous churches and the outdoor dining area full of terraces where you can have delicious meals accompanied by excellent wines.

General Facilities

Built in 1911, was known popularly as Posada de las Animas (Inn of the souls). In May 2004, Hotel Marques De Vallejo had a meticulous work of restoration, interior design and decoration, always with the aim of offering a more comfortable and pleasant stay to our guest.

Nowadays they keep on working/betting on the innovation and the improvement of our services and facilities with the aim of satisfying each and every need of our guest.

The Rooms

The 50 contemporary rooms at Hotel Marques de Vallejo feature parquet floors and air conditioning. They contain an LCD TV, and the private bathrooms come with a hairdryer. Wifi access, safe and temperature controller as well as mini bar, are also available in the rooms.

(*)Accommodation will be in these hotels or in others of similar category. Will be confirmed when making the booking. Upgrade available on request.

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