La Rioja + Basque Country

Spain is synonymous with world-renowned wines

In a region where grapes have been produced since Phoenician times, there is much more than wine. Salvelinus invites you to discover millenary architecture, delve into the region’s ancient vineyards and the evergreen Ebro Valley, try Logroño’s tapas or dine at a top-notch restaurant in Bilbao. But whatever your preferences, spare some time for world-class wineries, extraordinary cellars, and private wine tastings at some of Spain’s best wines.

Ebro Valley

Stellar wine tours along the course of the Ebro River

When it comes to stellar wine tours, Salvelinus and La Rioja is a perfect pairing. Discover beautifully preserved medieval villages as Briones and UNESCO sites come to life at the foothills of the mountains that back up to the Basque Country surrounded by vineyards as far as the eye can see.

Location

These excellent wines are grown in a strategic crossing of cultures filled with wonders that do not disappoint anyone. Discover the Way of Saint James, iconic wineries, medieval villages and castles, magnificent museums, stunning architecture, and a unique landscape aside from conventional routes.

Experience

Salvelinus offers tailored trips for wine and gastronomy lovers. Salvelinus' local Travel Designers will take care of everything. Your itinerary will include curated experiences to explore the sights and taste the delicious traditional meals, the most authentic way to enjoy La Rioja, Navarre, and the Basque Country.

Unique Rioja Wine Tour

La Rioja + Basque Country

With Salvelinus, eating and drinking becomes a celebration

Join a private visit to a premium or boutique winery, descend into the subterranean culture of wine visiting an underground cellar, live an haute cuisine experience with a private chef, or attend an exclusive wine tasting led by an expert sommelier.

And later, discover the local history full of color, battles, and legends in a walking tour through medieval villages, castles, and monasteries and a millenary culture, irremediably connected to wine and gastronomy in a place where daily life means excellent food accompanied by the best wines.

The passionate way food and wine are lived in La Rioja, and the Basque Country is contagious

Northeastern Spain

Excellent wines, ancestral cultures, and beautiful cities

La Rioja DOCa is the oldest Designation of Origin of Spain dating of 1925, and the first one obtaining in 1991 the Q qualification that recognizes quality excellence. The DOCa Rioja vineyards extend on both sides of the Ebro river along La Rioja, Basque Country and Navarra which gives rise to three wine sub-areas: Rioja Alta, Rioja Alavesa, and Rioja Oriental.

Rioja Alta

Located in the westernmost region, its wines are timeless, elegant and balanced, with red fruit nuances and the fine details of oak aging. Barrio de la Estación in Haro is home to the world’s largest concentration of centenarian wineries in the world. Learn the local wine history touring with Salvelinus some of the region’s must-sees such as Briones, San Vicente de la Sonrierra, or Santo Domingo de la Calzada.

Rioja Alavesa

Vineyards are located on the north side of the Ebro river, south of the province of Álava in the Basque Country. With a transitional climate between the Atlantic Rioja Alta and the Mediterranean Rioja Oriental, this land produces aromatic, tasty, and fruity wines, ideal to discover visiting “calados” (underground caves) that run through the subways of historical towns such as La Guardia, El Ciego, or Samaniego.

Rioja Alavesa

Vineyards are located on the north side of the Ebro river, south of the province of Álava in the Basque Country. With a transitional climate between the Atlantic Rioja Alta and the Mediterranean Rioja Oriental, this land produces aromatic, tasty, and fruity wines, ideal to discover visiting “calados” (underground caves) that run through the subways of historical towns such as La Guardia, El Ciego, or Samaniego.

Rioja Oriental

Rioja Oriental’s vineyards are located on both banks of the Ebro river, between La Rioja and Navarra. The influence of the Mediterranean promotes a dry and hot climate, resulting in wines with tonnes of character, intense colors, and full body. Grenache finds the perfect conditions to express itself in this land, where excellent winemaking is shared with remarkable orchard produce such as peppers, asparagus, and artichokes, as well as excellent olive oil.

Basque Country

An autonomous region of Spain with deep-rooted ancestral culture internationally known for its haute cuisine, Michelin-starred restaurants, and pintxos. The coastal city of San Sebastian and the modern and renewed Bilbao are must-sees. The south of the province of Álava shares its territory with the Ebro valley whose vineyards are part of Rioja Alavesa.

Basque Country

An autonomous region of Spain with deep-rooted ancestral culture internationally known for its haute cuisine, Michelin-starred restaurants, and pintxos. The coastal city of San Sebastian and the modern and renewed Bilbao are must-sees. The south of the province of Álava shares its territory with the Ebro valley whose vineyards are part of Rioja Alavesa.

Navarre

A land of contrasts, the Pyrenees mountains, lush beech woods, the semi-desert of Bárdenas Reales, the prolific orchard of the Ebro river, and a distinct wine region where the rosés stand out. The old Kingdom of Navarre has a rich cultural and historical legacy, including the Way of Saint James, the Castle of Olite, and the San Fermín festivities in Pamplona that enamored Hemingway.

A region with endless cultural, gastronomic, and fun things to do

This diverse region offers an endless cultural and historical offer, mixing up lively towns and quiet pilgrim churches, and even hunting for the remains of giant reptiles. Enjoy with Salvelinus a melting pot of cultures and a strategic location on the Way of Saint James — an area to breathe joy, tranquility, passion for life, and good habits.

We spent five days on a gourmet tour of Rioja and San Sebastian. Sara gained us entry into wineries which rarely accept visitors. Her knowledge is first-rate, and she is a joy to be around.

Byron HarrisOhio, USA

Salvelinus has done their research to provide wineries of the highest quality and historical sites of significance and authentic interest. A highlight was a 125-year-old winery still using wood vats, hand processing and employing their own cooper.

Dan MichelsAK, USA

The 3-day private wine tour was exceptional with the highly knowledgeable specialist guides we had for visiting castles, ancient monasteries, medieval villages, awe-inspiring cathedrals, vineyards, and wineries.

Libby SloaneFly Life Magazine. Tasmania, Australia

Fall in love at first sight with La Rioja and the Basque Country

Discover with Salvelinus a land full of life, pride and passion for the local food and wine. A place where everything is celebrated, even the lost battles.

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