Spain: Madrid, Rioja & Ribera de Duero


The Region

Spanish wineries are known as "bodegas" and the wine makers, "bodegueros". The bodegueros make their products from a large variety of grapes - too large to list here. The wines from Rioja, set in the foothills of the Pyrenees near the French border and 45 minutes South-East of Bilbao (location of the famous Guggenheim Museum), are typically built around the Tempranillo grape using traditional production methods that came from Bordeaux. Aging in oak is one of the key characteristics of the Riojas. It's not unusual to find the better reds blended with Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir. The Ribera de Duero, between Madrid and Santander near Burgos is Spain’s fastest developing wine district. The combination of cold nights, sunny days, the highest altitudes of any wine-producing region in Spain and fertile alkaline soil produce flavorful, award-winning wines. Madrid, the Capital and art center of Spain. You've been to the Louvre and the Uffizi, now’s your chance to visit the 3rd greatest Museum in all of Europe, The Prado. Other must-sees include the Thyssen and Reina Sofia Museums as well. While Barcelona is King of Spanish cuisine, Madrid is the Queen of the tapa bar experience, the civilized way to meet the beautiful people of Spain.

Wineries

You may visit Pesquera, Arzuaga Navarro, Villacampa, Torremilamos, Pagos del Rey, Ventosilla, Marques de Riscal, Remirez de Ganuza, Valpiedra, Allende, Ysios, Tobia, Muga, Roda, López de Heredia.

Accommodation

In Madrid we have you being pampered at the incomparable 5 Star Villa Magna. Hotel Torremilanos, a beautiful, family-owned hotel is part of the Penalba-Lopez winery situated in the hillside vineyards outside the town of Aranda de Duero, with its own restaurant and lovely grounds. Hotel Castillo el Collado is a very small, family-owned boutique hotel in the medieval village of Laguardia, in the heart of Rioja. Each room is individually decorated and the service and food in the restaurant is outstanding. Hotel Barceló Nervión is in the center of Bilbao 200 meters from the Guggenheim and the old city.


Suggested Tours


5 Star Madrid, Rioja & Ribera de Duero 7 Nights 8 Days

Inclusions

  • Transfers – from and to airports/hotels
  • 7 nights Deluxe accommodation double occupancy
  • 6 days chauffeur - bi-lingual guide for wine country commentary
  • insider information and local history
  • 6 days private car transport with fuel
  • 7 breakfasts
  • 1 lunch paired with wine
  • 5 dinners
  • Tours of Prado Museum in Madrid
  • Tour of Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao
  • Madrid ½ day city tour
  • RItz Hotel Afternoon Tea
  • Vinotherapie Spa treatment
  • 10 winery visits and tastings

Exclusions

  • Meals and wine not stated as included.
  • Personal items: tips, taxes, laundry /dry cleaning, and liquor not stated as included.

Pricing

Price Per Person (pp): $6,915.00 double occupancy Can be as low as $4,547.00 pp with 6 travelers (3 couples) traveling together.

The Fine Print

Prices are per person double occupancy and subject to change due to currency fluctuations until offer purchased.

N.B. Restaurants, Hotels and Winery Owner/Wine Consultant Lunches may change based on availability of seats, rooms, or individuals. Substitutes will be of equal or greater value and interest


Deluxe 5 Nights 6 Days Rioja and Ribera

Inclusions

  • Private airport or hotel transfer or pick-up
  • 6 days of Chauffeur driver-wine expert guide with commentary, insider info and local wine history
  • 6 days use of private car, SUV or van including fuel.
  • 5 Nights hotel in shared double/twin room incl. taxes.
  • 5 breakfasts
  • 1 lunch at Arzuaga Navarro, including fine wines, paired with food
  • 2 gourmet dinners: one at Hotel-BodegaTorremilanos and one at Castillo El Collado
  • 1 artisan visit “TBD” based on client preference of seasonal options.
  • 8 VIP winery visits and all wine tasting fees

Exclusions

  • International airfare and Customs fees
  • Meals and wine not stated as included
  • Personal items: tips, taxes, laundry /dry cleaning, and liquor not stated as included.

Pricing

Price Per Person (pp): $4,979.00 double occupancy but…can be as low as $3,249.00 per person with 6 people (e.g. 3 couples) traveling together.

The Fine Print

Prices are per person double occupancy and subject to change due to currency fluctuations until deposit.

N.B. Restaurants, Hotels and Winery Owner/Wine Consultant Lunches may change based on availability of seats, rooms, or individuals. Substitutes will be of equal or greater value and interest.

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