Wine Tasting and Lunch at a La Rioja Palace with the Owner
Today you are a welcomed guest of a noble Spanish family at their winery in La Rioja, Spain’s most famous wine region.
The winery is one of the oldest in Europe, dating back 700 years, and it’s been under the care of your host’s family from the beginning.
Your aristocratic host will guide you on a tour of the vineyards, cellars and palace, and, of course, invite you to taste their wines. In addition, you will enjoy a full meal with wine pairing at the family’s private palace.
The palace and gardens are not open to the public, but this visit can be specially arranged as we are close friends of the family. The home of the Marqués is considered one of the best and most beautiful palaces in Spain. It boasts two coats of arms, one being from the family of Infant Don Ramiro de Navarra, who married a daughter of El Cid. As such, the members of the family are descendants of El Cid, the charismatic soldier of great courage who, during the 11th century, served both the King Fernando I as well as, at times, his enemies, the Moorish Kings.
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