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Wine Lover's Guide to Basque Country

By Viator, April 2018

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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.

Tours & Tickets

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Rioja Wineries Tour from San Sebastian with Lunch, San Sebastian, null
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Rioja Wineries Tour from San Sebastian with Lunch

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 6 Reviews

We invite you to discover the most famous wine region of Spain, La Rioja, where traditional family wineries coexist with other more avant-garde ones. Lovers of ...  Read more

Location: Guardia, Spain
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $343.76
Getaria and Zarautz Txakoli Wine Tour from San Sebastian with Tastings, San Sebastian, Wine Tasting ... 
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Getaria and Zarautz Txakoli Wine Tour from San Sebastian with Tastings

Txakoli is a white wine made from local green grapes that has been produced in the Basque Country long before the 16th century. The land surrounding the ...  Read more

Location: San Sebastián, Spain
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $118.17
Food & Wine Tour of Bilbao!, Bilbao, Wine Tasting & Winery Tours
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Food & Wine Tour of Bilbao!

Come discover a beautiful city and the amazing Basque cuisine on our 3-hour ‘pintxos’ (Basque tapas) tour of Bilbao. Experience the 700 year old streets of ...  Read more

Location: Bilbao, Spain
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $119.36
Vitoria and the Rioja Wine Region, Bilbao, Wine Tasting & Winery Tours
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Vitoria and the Rioja Wine Region

4.5 star rating: Recommended 25 Reviews

The famous Rioja Wine region is a must for wine lovers visiting Spain. Located in the south of the Basque country, you will visit the village of Haro, the ...  Read more

Location: Bilbao, Spain
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $89.52
Private Rioja Wine Tour from San Sebastian, San Sebastian, Wine Tasting & Winery Tours
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Private Rioja Wine Tour from San Sebastian

Best wine tasting tour guided by the most professional local guides. Explore the vineyards, taste wines, discover Rioja as no one else. Enjoy the experience on ...  Read more

Location: San Sebastián, Spain
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $859.40
Essential Rioja Private Wine Tour from Bilbao, Bilbao, Wine Tasting & Winery Tours
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Essential Rioja Private Wine Tour from Bilbao

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

The Essential Rioja Wine Tour Experience is a completely private, customizable wine tour to the famous La Rioja wine-making region. Transport in a comfortable ...  Read more

Location: Bilbao, Spain
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $262.60
Rioja Wineries and Laguardia Tour with Picnic from San Sebastian, San Sebastian, Wine Tasting & ... 
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Rioja Wineries and Laguardia Tour with Picnic from San Sebastian

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Enjoy a day of wine tasting in Spain's famed Rioja region during this 9-hour guided tour and picnic from San Sebastian. Visit three area wineries, tasting at ...  Read more

Location: San Sebastián, Spain
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $268.56
Private Rioja Wine Tasting Tour from San Sebastian, San Sebastian, Wine Tasting & Winery Tours
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Private Rioja Wine Tasting Tour from San Sebastian

We invite you to discover the most famous wine region of Spain, La Rioja, where traditional family wineries coexist with other more avant-garde ones. Lovers ...  Read more

Location: San Sebastián, Spain
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $343.76
Full-Day Private Rioja Wine Tasting and Lunch Tour from San Sebastián, San Sebastian, Wine Tasting ... 
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Full-Day Private Rioja Wine Tasting and Lunch Tour from San Sebastián

Spend the day in wine country on this full-day Rioja day trip from San Sebastian, with lunch. Explore Rioja, home to some of the world’s most renowned wines, ...  Read more

Location: San Sebastián, Spain
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $656.49
VITORIA AND RIOJA, WINE REGION WITH WINERY, Bilbao, Wine Tasting & Winery Tours
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VITORIA AND RIOJA, WINE REGION WITH WINERY

Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the interior of the Basque Country to discover Vitoria, the capital of Euskadi where we will tour the historic quarter and ...  Read more

Location: Bilbao, Spain
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $89.52

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