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Best of Spain’s wine scene with Grape Escapes

On these winter evenings, we love nothing more than closing the curtains on the world and settling down for an evening with a fabulous bottle of red. But perhaps it’s time to venture out a little, and discover the true home of some of these wines? It’s the perfect time to make those New Year’s resolutions… and if there’s one thing that should be top on your to-do list for 2017, it’s to visit Rioja, the home of so many incredible wines! Here’s Grape Escapes’ programme:

  • Newly Launched for 2017: Essential Haro
People around the table eating and drinking red wine in Rioja

Rioja pushes the boundaries of excellence in cuisine

Haro is widely recognised as the capital of Rioja wines, and on this three or four day break, Grape Escapes gives you the opportunity to explore the world famous bodegas of the region, all from a 4* base in this picturesque city.

On the three day break, you’ll have the chance to three top wineries – López de Heredia, Bodegas Bilbainas and Viña Reale, and at one of these fantastic estates a picnic lunch of typical tapas will be served in the beautiful vineyards. The four day tour includes visits to two further Rioja bodegas of contrasting styles – one modern and the second a historic estate with centuries-old cellars! Your local guide will fill the day with tales of the region, and in the evening you’ll have the unique opportunity to take part in the famed Logroño tapas run!

Prices from £325pp, based on 2 people sharing a Standard room.

  • 5* Luxury in a Stunning Design Hotel

For those in search of a little taste of luxury in Spain, Grape Escapes’ Exclusive Rioja three or four day break offers the perfect opportunity to unwind in truly exceptional surroundings, whilst discovering the wines of this esteemed region.

Panoramic view of Marques de Riscal winery building by Frank O. Gehry

Panoramic view of Marques de Riscal building by Frank O. Gehry

Based at the architecturally astonishing 5* Marqués de Riscal, guests will enjoy a visit to the onsite winery on their afternoon of arrival, tasting the wines produced here. Encouraging you to fully immerse yourself in the culture of the region where food and wine go hand in hand, a delicious welcome dinner will be served in the hotel’s Michelin-starred restaurant, accompanied by Marqués de Riscal wines.

On the tour itself, you’ll be escorted around the region by an English speaking specialist guide, who was born and bred in the region on a private basis! Grape Escapes’ gives you the opportunity to select your favourite Rioja bodegas to visit and examples of some of the region’s top wineries include Muga, Ysios and Viña Real. After a siesta (a vital part of the Spanish way of life!) you will be taken to the famous Calle Laurel in Logroño, where after a tutored tasting with an expert sommelier, you will be able to participate in the traditional evening tapas run. On the four day break you will enjoy a second full day tour to visit a further two wineries, with the opportunity to dine at one of the estates for lunch!

Prices from £611pp, based on 2 people sharing a Grand Deluxe room.

  • The Ultimate Tour for Spanish Wine Lovers!

    Four people tasting wine inside Pagos de Leza, Rioja winery's barrel cellar

    Wine tasting inside Pagos de Leza cellar in Rioja

New for 2017, Grape Escapes’ Premium Rioja will run only once in the year, from Thursday 8th – Sunday 11th June, making this a once in a lifetime highly exclusive opportunity for Rioja lovers!

On the Premium tours, you’ll find that typically the group would be made up of around 12 people, and Grape Escapes’ small group sizes boost the intimate and social friendly atmosphere on the tour! You’ll be accompanied throughout your time in the region by a specialist guide who will delight the group with the history of the wines and her knowledge of the vineyards is unrivalled.

There are so many fantastic experiences included on this tour, that it’s impossible to name them all, but some of our favourite highlights include a VIP tour of the award-winning Marqués De Riscal winery, a tour of the oldest bodega in Rioja – López de Heredia, a visit with extensive tasting session at world renowned CNVE, and the opportunity to take place in a typical tapas run!

You can opt to stay at either 4* Hotel Viura, or for a taste of luxury treat yourself with a room at the 5* Marqués De Riscal!

Prices start from £1179 per person on this four day/three night break

Group of visitors tasting wine out in the vineyards in Rioja

Wine tasting out in the vineyards in Rioja

Grape Escapes is a specialist wine tour operator offering a broad selection of holidays and trips to the premium European wine regions. Visit their web site at www.grapeescapes.net or contact the team for more information about wine tour holidays on +44 (0) 1920 46 86 66 or email info@grapeescapes.net

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