Marques de Riscal, a landmark in Rioja

The historic town of Segovia

Barrels as far as the eye can see

Pesquera

Delicious Spanish Food & Wine

Marques de Riscal, a landmark in Rioja

Marques de Riscal, a landmark in Rioja

The historic town of Segovia

The historic town of Segovia

Barrels as far as the eye can see

Barrels as far as the eye can see

Pesquera

Pesquera

Delicious Spanish Food & Wine

Delicious Spanish Food & Wine

SPAIN WINE TOURS

Exploring Ribera, Rueda, Rioja, Bilbao & more

FAR FROM THE ORDINARY

We visit the top producers, taste old vintages, and immerse ourselves in Spanish history and culture.  We do all this in the lap of luxury, hosted by a Master of Wine.

We meet in Madrid and we’re off on a five-day wine tour extravaganza to visit the best producers in Rueda, Ribera del Duero, and Rioja.  You’ll find yourself in vineyards and cellars with the owners and winemakers, visiting castles and cathedrals, and eating at two Michelin starred restaurants. We wrap up in the city of Bilbao, steps from the Guggenheim.

You’ll learn about some of the most traditional winemaking practices in the world, contrasted with some of the most modern.  You’ll visit futuristic wineries in villages that date back centuries.  It’s an experience.

If you’re looking to taste the best wines of Spain accompanied by great food, in a fun and relaxed atmosphere, then our tour is just what the doctor ordered.Spain is an adventure, something different and unique, with an atmosphere of fun, romance, and hedonistic pleasure.

I invite you to join us on this wonderful tour.

JAMES CLUER, MASTER OF WINE

Spain Tour

September 16th to 20th 2024


Hosted by Mini Constant MW & Brent Fraser

$3,995 USD per person

Plus $100 booking administration fee.

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ABOUT THE TOUR & REGION

¡Viva España!

Over the last 10 years we’ve carefully crafted our Spanish wine tour to take you to the best wineries in 3 different wine regions.

Over 5 full days and 4 nights you’ll explore Rueda, Ribera del Duero, Rioja and the coast.  We mix in some landmark cultural attractions in Segovia and Burgos to complete the experience.

The emphasis is on fun and experiential learning, at a relaxed pace.  We are fortunate to have privileged access to the great estates where we taste the finest wines, accessing key people and exclusive experiences.

¡Viva España!

Over the last 10 years we’ve carefully crafted our Spanish wine tour to take you to the best wineries in 3 different wine regions.

Over 5 full days and 4 nights you’ll explore Rueda, Ribera del Duero, Rioja and the coast.  We mix in some landmark cultural attractions in Segovia and Burgos to complete the experience.

The emphasis is on fun and experiential learning, at a relaxed pace.  We are fortunate to have privileged access to the great estates where we taste the finest wines, accessing key people and exclusive experiences.

The Alcazar in Segovia, home to many Kings of Spain

The Roman aqueducts

Vega Sicilia Unico

SEGOVIA AND RUEDA

We leave from Madrid and visit the fabled Alcazar castle in Segovia. At lunch we introduce the exciting world of Spanish wine, and guide you through a tasting of some classics. It’s a lovely lunch at the best restaurant in Segovia, with theatrics by the chef as he carves the suckling pig with a plate, and you’ll enjoy 6 wines paired with each course.

Then it’s on to discover the whites of Rueda. You’ll enjoy a tasting of fresh, crisp whites made from the unique Verdejo grape at one of the top producers in Rueda.

Then it’s on to Ribera for big reds from Tempranillo. For two nights you’ll rest your head at the Hotel Pesquera, a boutique hotel owned by the famed winery.

Penafiel Castle

Penafiel Castle

Ribera del Duero – where old meets new

Ribera del Duero – where old meets new

Pesquera – a benchmark

Pesquera – a benchmark

Pesquera winery

Pesquera winery

The Pesquera Hotel – where it’s all about wine

The Pesquera Hotel – where it’s all about wine

Penafiel Castle

Ribera del Duero – where old meets new

Pesquera – a benchmark

Pesquera winery

The Pesquera Hotel – where it’s all about wine

RIBERA DEL DUERO

Ribera del Duero is home to some of the most famous names in Spanish wine, such as Pesquera, Pingus, Abadia Retuerta and Condado de Haza.

We spend a full day out touring, which includes time in the vineyards and cellars of 3 wineries, learning, tasting and marveling at the historical and modern wineries. One of the highlights of the day is a long lunch in the cellars of Condado de Haza, enjoying the region’s traditional lamb dish paired with several fine Ribera wines.

In the early evening we have a Gin & Tonic and Mojito workshop accompanied by some tapas, before you have a free evening to relax.

Burgos Cathedral

Burgos Cathedral

The Hotel Viura, modern architecture in a medieval village

BURGOS & RIOJA

We move on to Rioja for two nights, visiting the benchmarks and discovering some of the hidden gems.

On the way we view the stunning cathedral in Burgos, before settling in for a long lunch fueled with fine Rioja at a top Bodega.

The day is just beginning.  We stay at luxury boutique hotel, The Viura.

RIOJA – MODERN AND NEW

The Rioja extravaganza continues. We visit 6 wineries in total here, sipping prized old vintage Gran Reservas and exploring the cavernous tunnels where thousands of bottles mature.

At Riscal we see one of the most unique architectural designs imaginable, a Frank Gehry.

Other Bodegas provide their own insight into the Tempranillo, Granacha, Graciano & Mazuelo varieties. It’s an experience.

Marques de Riscal

The seductive terroir of Rioja

Old vintages of classic wines

RIOJA – MODERN AND NEW

The Rioja extravaganza continues. We visit 6 wineries in total here, sipping prized old vintage Gran Reservas and exploring the cavernous tunnels where thousands of bottles mature.

At Riscal we see one of the most unique architectural designs imaginable, a Frank Gehry.

Other Bodegas provide their own insight into the Tempranillo, Granacha, Graciano & Mazuelo varieties. It’s an experience.

Bilbao

Bilbao

Bilbao

Bilbao

We finish on the coast

We finish on the coast

Bilbao

Bilbao

We finish on the coast

BILBAO

After our spectacular Michelin dinner the night before we have a late start, but the festivities are not finished yet. On our last day we visit one more of the iconic wineries like Muga, Roda or Artadi. We then drive one hour north to Bilbao, a vibrant city. In a beautiful setting we sit down for a final lunch in yet another Michelin restaurant, discovering some of the local wines like Txakoli. We drop you off at a hotel next to the Guggenheim to wrap up a specular tour.

Bilbao is a thriving city with tapas bars galore and well worth a few days. From here you can take flights and trains to many other cities in Europe.

Spain is magical!

MEET YOUR HOST

Our Luxury Wine Tours in Spain are guided by Master of Wine, Mini Constant.

SPAIN

MINI CONSTANT MW


Your host in Spain

MEET MINI

MINI joined the wine tasting team at university, whilst studying Politics & Economics, and thereafter a hobby became a career. She started in London at the wine department of Harrods, followed by becoming a sommelière in a fashionable restaurant in the City of London. She continued her career with the Symington port family, who have been in Oporto for over 130 years and own the prestigious houses of Warre’s, Dow’s, and Graham’s amongst others.

In 1987 Mini moved to France with her husband and became an agent sourcing wines from South-West France for the UK trade. Since 2003 she has been running her own business, Tastevin du Monde, which has a number of different facets. It includes teaching WSET courses, mainly for young wine professionals, in France, in Bordeaux, and in China, in Shanghai.  Mini also blends wines for various vineyards in South-West France and when replanting helps them choose which grape varieties to use to increase complexity, to cope with climate change, and to lessen the use of chemicals in the vineyard. The final, very enjoyable facet is accompanying groups in France and Spain on luxurious, fun wine tours.

UPCOMING SPAIN WINE TOUR

Spain Tour

September 16th to 20th 2024


Hosted by Mini Constant MW & Brent Fraser

$3,995 USD per person

Plus $100 booking administration fee.

Download full itineraryBook this Tour

Click here to learn about our registration, payment, and cancellation policies.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

Included in the price is four nights’ accommodation, all meals during the tour (except one free evening) all winery tours, all wines at the visits, local transport for the duration of the tour, and all taxes and gratuities.

Basically everything is included except your flights, your onwards transport after the tour ends in Bilbao, insurance, and any items of a personal nature.

PLANNING TIPS

Before the tour we will send you some useful pre-trip information to help you with your planning. Here you’ll find advice on how to get there, tips on what to wear, other things to do in Madrid, details on the hotels, and what you might like to read in advance.

WEATHER

We visit during some of the nicest times of year, the Spring and the Fall.  The weather is not too hot, is typically dry, and warm.

TESTIMONIALS

Truly once in a lifetime experience

“Visiting Spain impressed us on absolutely every level. It is a country that not only produces quality wine, it has the culinary merit to match alongside a stunning countryside making it a very desirable destination for wine, food, and art aficionados alike. Without question, Fine Vintage’s tour elevated our experience to a level we simply would not have been able to achieve on our own. Exclusive winery access, excellent food pairings, first-rate accommodation, and the incredible depth of knowledge of our guides resulted in a truly once in a lifetime experience.”


ALLISON WALLACE, VANCOUVER, BC
Redefined “fun” for me!

“When I first met James and he told me he did wine tours, I thought it might be fun to go with someone who is as knowledgeable as he is. Then I signed up for Spain… and he redefined “fun” for me… we tasted, we nosed, we swirled, we danced, we sang, and we ATE… and along the way, somewhere between the fabulous hotels and the awe-inspiring vineyards and the heady aromas in the cellars, we became compadres of the grape, students of the moment, and lovers of those things that happen when it’s a carefree time in our lives. Take a tour with James…you will never be the same…”


BRUCE FOX, AUSTRALIA

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