Discover Tempranillo, the principal grape in Rioja on your DIY Ronda Wine Tasting. Rioja wines can be elegant and ethereally subtle, or powerful and lush. Across the board, you can expect vibrant red and black fruit accompanied by toasty spice.
Rioja can refer to the region or the wine made in that region. Located in north-central Spain, along the Ebro River, Rioja is about 210 square miles in size. It is a one-hour drive southeast of Bilbao, the capital of the Basque region and home of the Frank Gehry-designed Guggenheim Museum, as well as one-hour southwest of San Sebastían, one of the best food cities in Europe. Much like the A.O.C. system of France, D.O.Ca Rioja, as the wine-producing region is known, is regulated by a governing body that oversees wine production and obliges winemakers to adhere to some of the strictest quality-control guidelines in the world.
Depending on your preferences and expectations for the day, and if you are willing to do your own driving without the temptation of overdoing the tasting, you can easily have an equally enjoyable time on your own self guided wine tastings. Most vineyards are usually sign-posted, and are more than welcoming towards offering tastings of their wines, provided you make advance reservations with the cellars.
Making your booking with Tannin Trail means you pay standard cellar wine tasting rates, and we make all the reservations for you, leaving you more time to enjoy your holiday. With self-booking we will provide a PDF itinerary that includes all relevant information, as well as GPS directions. It couldn’t be easier than that!