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Wines of Rioja & Northern Spain

Green Spain 5 nights Prices on request

A superb wine tour through Rioja and Old Castile to discover some of Spain’s greatest vineyards and enjoy the legendary hospitality of the bodegas. We will travel through the Basque Country, La Rioja and Castile, visiting both famous and lesser-known producers as well as fascinating historic cities, charming hill towns and spectacular countryside.

Tim Clarke is also leading our Tour of Champagne and Reims

What's included

...when you travel with Kirker

  • Return flights
  • Five nights’ accommodation with breakfast
  • Three dinners & four lunches
  • All entrances fees and gratuities as described
  • The services of a Kirker Tour Lecturer

Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Arrival

    On arrival we transfer to the 4* Hotel Eguren Ugarte where we shall stay for the first three nights. You are free to explore for the rest of the afternoon before we meet this evening for an introductory talk and wine-tasting with Tim Clarke, followed by dinner.
  • Day 2 - Haro

    This morning we head for Haro, wine capital of La Rioja. Our first visit is to a traditional winery in the area of historic bodegas close to the railway that linked Rioja with the outside world. Lunchtime is free in the hill town of Haro.
  • Day 3 - Vineyards of Rioja Alavesa

    Today is devoted to exploring the vineyards of Rioja Alavesa. Highlights will include the innovative Viña Ijalba, who pioneered the revival of Rioja’s classic grape Graciano, the state of the art Viña Real winery and lunch at the farmhouse of Contino, the oldest ‘single estate’ Rioja bodega, one of the most attractive wines and most idyllic places in Rioja. We then visit the Rioja Wine Museum which has its own winery and a permanent exhibition exploring the history of winetasting in the region.
  • Day 4 - Old Castile

    Today we head for Old Castile and the historic city of Burgos where we visit the magnificent cathedral and stop for lunch. We continue to Peñafiel in the Duoro valley, where we stay for two nights at the 4* Hotel Convento las Claras.
  • Day 5 - Ribera del Duero

    Ribera del Duero has risen to challenge Rioja as the top region in Spain for red wine. The cold nights and hot days here give intense uplifted aroma, power and elegance to the wines. We will visit several great cellars here. Our first appointment is at Aalto where the great wines don’t come by accident but from extreme care, old vines and the vast experience of winemaker Mariano García. We taste the spectacular wines of Abadia Retuerta over lunch. This evening, our visit to Bodegas Alejandro Fernández will be a highlight of the tour. They make the great ‘Pesquera,’ Condado de Haza and other superb wines that we enjoy over dinner.
  • Day 6 - Segovia

    On our final day we travel south through the high plains of Castile. We’ll stop for a tasting at an excellent producer of Rueda white wines, before arriving in Segovia, famous for its Roman aqueduct and eccentric ‘Alcázar.’ We will enjoy a traditional lunch before we drive to Madrid airport for the flight back to London – alternatively, ask about extending your stay with a couple of nights in the Spanish capital.

Flight Details

Flights with British Airways:

Depart London Gatwick 08.30 arrive Bilbao 11.30
Depart Madrid 18.40 arrive London Gatwick 20.00

Supplements for business class flights available on request.

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The Eguren Ugarte has a splendid location in the foothills of the Sierra Cantabria mountain range and overlooks 130 hectares of vineyards. This family-run winery has passed through six generations since its beginnings in 1870 and is one of the most well-respected in La Rioja.

Tim Clarke

Tim Clarke

Tour Lecturer

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