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Matt
New York City

Bilbao, Rioja

August or September to visit wineries in Rioja?

Planning a trip the second week of August or September. Would like to know which is better considering August is busier but warmer than September. Also, would like to know of any "must visit" wineries in Rioja and which day(s) of the week most wineries are closed. Gracias!


3 Answers

top answer by
Jeff from Portland

The weather should be fine in both August and September. We really loved  Bodega López De Heredia and  Marques De RiscalBodegas Mugaand  Bodegas Cune There are a number of wineries in  Haro and you could easily spend an entire day in the city alone. The great thing about Rioja is wine for the most part is cheap and very tasty and the diversity in wine making style will not let you down.


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Marques De Riscal (hotel)
  2. Haro (city)
  3. Bodega López De Heredia (attraction)
  4. Bodegas Cune (attraction)
  5. Bodegas Muga (attraction)
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answered first by
Tiffany from Corvallis

As for timing, I'd go in September. It will still be warm, but much less busy. The Spanish take August as a vacation month, so many businesses will even be closed for the entire month of August - restaurants too!  By September, tourist crowds will lessen and everyone will be open up for business.

I don't know the Rioja well, but the Cava region was closed more on Mondays... just check out the websites of a few of the wineries that you're most interested in. Many have limited hours and ask for appointment times, so it can be difficult to get more than 3 in a day.  If you make notes of the places you want to see and the hours, then you can fit it together into an itinerary that works well and maximizes your time.


Have fun!


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answered by
Rosana from Bilbao

I would definitely go in September. Nice weather, less people around :)

These are a few nice wineries :

- Bodega López De Heredia in Haro

- Bodegas La Rioja Alta in Haro (included in Wines & Spirits 2014)

- Marques De Riscal in Elciego (by Frank Gehry)

- Bodegas Ysios in Laguardia

Do seize the opportunity to visit my beautiful city Bilbao, since direct flights land daily from Paris, London, Brussels, to name a few...


Don´t forget to book your visits in advance!


And most of all make your own choices and enjoy!!!


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Bodega López De Heredia (attraction)
  2. Marques De Riscal (hotel)
  3. Bilbao (city)
  4. Bodegas La Rioja Alta (attraction)
  5. Bodegas Ysios (attraction)
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