Pick up at your hotel in Bilbao and transfer to the start of the walking. Walk through a magical beech forest and get a spectacular view over the Rioja valley from the majestic Sierra del Toloño. We visit a small modern bodega, taste their garage wines with lunch and try some real bodega work. After that a short walk to our hotel in San Vicente de la Sonsierra, where we check in, rest and have a tapas cooking evening.
A light leisure walk to the village of Briones, where we will visit the world wide known wine museum Museo del Vino Bodegas Dinastía Vivanco. After the walk and the museum, it is time for a modern style Rioja lunch. Siesta, and then visit to another charming Rioja Alavesa bodega. Tasting & dinner.
The day begins with an interesting art walk around Labastida and a visit and tasting at highly ranked Bodegas Mitarte. After this we will have some ancient wine labour making such as wine pressing by foot in prehistoric wine pools caved in the rock (depending on the time of the year this activitity might change). If the weather permits so, lunch will be an open air picnic with a tasting of local young wines. When the night falls we will be participating in some active creative modern Spanish cooking. We will prepare a gourmet dinner with season products! On the way to the restaurant we propose a photo safari to get a glimpse of the modern architecture of the Baigorri, Ysios and Marqués de Riscal wineries.
We ascend the mountains of Sierra de Toloño, on the search for the ancient natural freezers used by monks in the mountain chapels. After a short visit to modern Bodegas Miguel Merino we continue to Ezcaray for lunch at our comfortable family hotel. In the afternoon you can enjoy optional walking routes around Ezcaray. At night we prepare a tasting menu with our hotel chef. A brilliant farewell dinner!
We visit and leisure walk towards Santo Domingo, visit the Cathedral and move on to some tapas hopping on our own in Haro. Transfer to Bilbao and farewell to our guides!
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