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Wine Lover's Guide to Basque Country

Wine Lover's Guide to Basque Country

Winemaking has been taking place in Basque Country since ancient times, with the Romans having first tended vines here. The Spanish region’s mild coastal climate and old-growth vines yield high-quality reds and whites. See below to discover what you should be drinking in Basque Country.

Must-Try Varietals

Perhaps the most ubiquitous and most unique wine of Basque Country is txakoli (pronounced “cha-coli”), a fruit-forward and mildly effervescent white. Txakoli is produced in one of three areas with designation of origin status—Getaria, Biscay (Bizkaia), and Álava—and makes for a refreshing accompaniment to seafood pintxos (Basque Country tapas).

Basque Country is also home to Spain’s most renowned wine region: La Rioja. Located to the south of Basque Country, the Rioja Alavesa subregion is known for its full-bodied reds featuring tempranillo grapes, though a small amount of white wine is also produced here using viura (known elsewhere as macabeo) grapes.

Must-Do Experiences

  • Bar-hop your way around Bilbao during a food and wine tour of the city.

  • Learn about traditional winemaking methods during winery tours in Rioja Alavesa, a segment of the famous La Rioja wine region.

  • Pair pintxos with Basque Country pours during an expert-led wine tasting in San Sebastián.

  • Sip lightly sparkling txakoli wines during an excursion to Zarautz.

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Essential Rioja Private Wine Tour from Bilbao

Essential Rioja Private Wine Tour from Bilbao

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Discover what makes La Rioja Spain's premier winemaking region on this private, customizable wine tour from Bilbao. Visit two top wineries to taste the bold, fruity red blends that put Rioja on the wine lover’s map, and admire the architectural styles of other estates, including one designed by Frank Gehry. Stroll inside the city walls of the medieval Basque town of Laguardia on a guided walking tour, and enjoy the flexibility of a private tour that's tailored to your group’s interests.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$308.03
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$308.03
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Private Rioja wine tasting tour with local lunch

Private Rioja wine tasting tour with local lunch

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Taste your way through Spain’s most celebrated wine region on a completely private tour of La Rioja from San Sebastian. Sample bold red blends at two different wine cellars, including some of the oldest underground wine caves in the area, and see the famous winery designed by architect Frank Gehry. State your appetite and venture off the tourist track with lunch at an authentic Basque restaurant, and explore the charming medieval streets of Laguardia village on this mouthwatering, personalized experience.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$356.35
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$356.35
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4 Day Basque Country Tour: San Sebastian, Biarritz, Bilbao and Rioja

4 Day Basque Country Tour: San Sebastian, Biarritz, Bilbao and Rioja

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Combine some of the Basque country's top destinations—Rioja, Bilbao, Biarritz, and San Sebastian—on this 4-day tour. This comprehensive excursion with a guide follows a carefully curated itinerary, so you won't miss a thing. You'll learn about the area's culture, history, architecture, food, and people through stops at landmarks and hidden gems, along with guided commentary.
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  • 4 days
  • Taking safety measures
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$1,195.87
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$1,195.87
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures