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Approximately 7½ Hours
To sample the Basque area's great wines, you will travel to Laguardia -- capital of La Rioja Alavesa region. Laguardia (the Guardian) is a walled village, named for its strategic position and medieval atmosphere. It is bounded by the mountains of Cantabria to the north and by the left bank of the River Ebro to the south.
The San Ginés River separates the Elvillar and Laguardia districts. These small, but important, geographic nuances provide this area with its particular landscapes and climate, which clearly define both the local history and the character of the wines made here. Laguardia's main activity is viticulture, so you will find that its 13th-century walls and cobblestone, pedestrian-only streets feature a multitude of wine cellars.
Enjoy a wine tasting with tapas at two different cellars -- one in the village and the other in the wider environs -- to discover the different tastes and flavors of the local terroir. The area's microclimate and age-old winemaking traditions produce the highest quality Rioja Designation of Origin wines from some of the most important Rioja Alavesa wine cellars.
Tour requires approximately three hours of walking and standing. Terrain includes many steps, slight incline, uneven ground and cobblestones. Wear comfortable walking shoes. Minimum age is 18 years.