If you only have four days and you want to experience Spanish tradition and modernity in wine, food and architecture we invite you to fly into the vibrant city of Bilbao and join us in this fantastic tour. This is the perfect pairing between the Riojan wines, the best food of San Sebastian and the exceptional architecture of the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. Different opportunities to enjoy wine with large production facilities and small producers in Rioja, and Txacoli white wine in the Basque Coast. The Basque Country is on the gastronomic world map more than ever today thanks to the great Michelin starred restaurants in the region but also because of the traditional restaurants and amazing local products.
You will visit wineries in Rioja enjoying the breathtaking views of the vineyards, and sites with cultural interest like monasteries, castles, churches, palaces, and ancient medieval towns like Laguardia (XIII century). You will visit traditional wineries and modern facilities to appreciate the contrast and get a very good idea of the present and past of Rioja wine. The Wine Culture Museum Dinastia Vivanco is a must for wine lovers. The museum is located in the heart of the vineyards adjacent to their bodega in Briones, a unique and historic location in the Rioja Alta, on the outskirts of Sierra Cantabria. This is one of the largest wine museums in the world and the town of Briones has amazing views.
You can enjoy lunches in wineries or restaurants, or you can have a wine and tapas lunch in Laurel Street in Logroño or in Haro, one of the most classical ways to be part of the Spanish tradition.
The Guggenheim Museum, designed by architect Frank O. Gehry, together with the landscaping and buildings that surround it, is consider as one of the best settings in Spain today, worthy of some time spent admiring its architecture. The Poppy dog in front of the Museum is now a landmark in the new image of modern and artistic Bilbao. In the Basque coast you will visit a Txakoli winery and enjoy a great meal. Txacoli is a white acidic wine which popularity is increasing.
And on to San Sebastian, a foodie paradise, and a beautiful town that was already selected by the Spanish Royal family as a vacation place. The Michelin star restaurants, pintxos/tapas tours and a walk along Playa de la Concha to have one of the nicest views of Spanish coast, will show you why this is a place not to be missed.
To sum up, the perfect plan for wine and food lovers who want to discover the best of the best in Spanish wine, gastronomy, architecture and heritage.