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Basque Country

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Let us introduce you to the people and places of the storied Basque Country, a grand old region of lively produce markets and elegant old towns, of sunny vineyards and lush green hills.

Wineries of Basque Rioja

Between the Pyrenees mountains to the north and the high plateau to the south, Mediterranean and Atlantic climates blend to create optimum conditions for producing some of the best medium body wines in the world.

This is Rioja Alavesa, part of the triumvirate of Denominaciones de Origen (D.Os) of Rioja. Despite its name, it's not actually in Rioja, but rather forms the southern tip of the Basque Country.

We have several ways of sharing our favourite Rioja vineyards, from contrasting the oldest and most traditional bodegas with the new cutting-edge wineries, to pairing you up with a family to experience small scale wine production in a more relaxed and personal way.

This is not just about someone pointing at wine vats and giving an elaborate explanation of their raison d'etre as you nod along politely - you are encouraged to get involved in the daily work and bottle up your own vintage to take away with you.

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Harvesting the sun-ripened grapes
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Frank Gerhy's striking Marqués de Riscal winery

Your Pura Holiday Guide also includes what amounts to a mini-thesis on Rioja’s wines. So you’ll soon know your crianza wines from your reservas, your tempranillo grapes from your garnachas.

If you're curious and want to see what a holiday here might look like, our exclusive Basque Rioja Inn to Inn is a self-guided walking holiday which weaves together the beautiful landscapes and our favourite wineries over a relaxed week or so of walking.

Of course, the Basque Country is not just about the reds of Rioja...

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Apples waiting to be turned into delicious cider
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Tasting crisp, fresh txakoli wine in the Basque Country

In the coastal area, the production of txacolí - sometimes slightly fizzy white wine - has extended out of local farms and into extensive wineries clustered around Getaria. If the local tipple tickles your fancy, there are a number of bodegas which you can visit to sample txakoli at source. And between the coast and Rioja, you enter apple cider country. The region has a lot of sidrerías - cider houses - where you pay a fixed amount for the cider and you can drink as much as you like, serving yourself at the barrel.

Our Basque Cultures & Cuisines: A Private Guided Journey ties it all together, with a local to guide you through it all.

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Exceptional Holidays

From the moment you start planning to the lifelong memories you bring back, your holiday will be truly exceptional and tailored to a degree that is difficult for others to achieve.

Beautifully Local

Your holiday will be deeply rooted into its local surroundings, from the people you meet and the places you stay, to the food on your plate and the wine in your glass.

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As one of the first travel companies in the UK to certify as a B Corp, we ensure your holiday will have a positive impact for the planet, our partners and the places you visit.

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