Spain is one of the top three producers of wine in the world, producing more than 4.6 million tons of wine per year. Vineyards in Spain are thousands of years old and have the largest grape cultivation in the world.
The country’s reds, whites and regions are endlessly fascinating, and a wine tasting tour is the ideal way to experience them.
Wine lovers should definitely make it down to the country’s capital and embark on some of the best wine tours Madrid, Spain currently has to offer.
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Wine Tasting In Madrid
Underground wine caves, fancy wine bars, dark and ancient wine taverns – join the Madrileños (what we call the locals of Madrid) and get socializing at one of the many bars or cafes in the arty and vibrant streets of Madrid.
Madrid Wine Tours
While there are a lot of wine options in the capital, tourism is shifting its focus to the beautiful wineries from the regions surrounding Madrid. We have tested the best cultural and wine tasting activities in order to plan the perfect day trip for you.
1. From Madrid: Toledo Tour with Wine Tasting and 7 Monuments
Travel 70 km north from Madrid to Toledo, which is known as the city of multiple-faith. Of course, the city has a lot of history and culture to dig into, but we want you to join us on a Madrid Winery Tour.
Think you know your grapes well? This is home to the red grape variety, Grenache. Join this full-day tour learning about the history of Toledo and the wine-making process, all while indulging in scrumptious Spanish tapas while sipping a glass of wine.
Toledo is located on a hill above the plains of Castilla-La-Mancha. The city of three cultures is well-known for its Christian, Arabic and Jewish monuments, like the incredible Alcazar!. However, tourists are combining the culture and food to get the best of both worlds when visiting Toledo.
Why is this a tour you should join? It’s the perfect mix of culture and gastronomy. Toledo’s ability to incorporate three religions is quite a remarkable achievement and the city was recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1986.
- If you book in advance, you can benefit from optional free entry to 7 different buildings and monuments
- You get to travel by private bus from Madrid
2. Madrid: Ham and Wine Tasting Tour
Food and wine tours are one of our favourite activities. Luckily there is no shortage of options for wine tasting in Madrid. This tour combines wine and ham pairing – and you will have the opportunity to taste delicious cuts of Iberian meats, including chorizo, salchichón, lomo, and ham.
This 2.5-hour tour includes a visit to a few jamonerías (what the Spanish call a ham store), where you will learn the difference between the different cuts of ham – from an expert food guide. Gain knowledge on how to shop for cold meat cuts at the local markets.
This food and wine tour will focus on the history and culture of wine combined with delicious Spanish delicacies like Iberian meats, Manchego cheese, and classic tapas.
- Vegetarians and vegans – this tour will definitely not be for you
- We would not recommend this tour if you have a walking disability or a wheelchair
3. Small Group: Imperial Toledo & Winery Tour from Madrid
First, you will pay a visit to the ancient city of Toledo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The history of this multicultural town, where Christians, Muslims, and Jews were all living together, plays a significant role in Madrid Tourism. Join us on a cultural enrichment tour combined with one of the best wine tours Madrid, Spain, has to offer.
The Mosque of Cristo de la Cruz offers a glimpse into caliphate architecture. The brickwork on the facade of the building is a technique that is commonly used in caliphate architecture. Explore the Spanish Gothic style and feel inspired by the sight of Renaissance Spanish painter, El Greco’s, most famous masterpiece displayed at the Church of Santo Tomé.
And after all the cultural enrichment, it’s finally wine o’clock! On your return trip to Madrid, we’ll stop in Bargas. Here you will find Finca Loranque , a winery that was built in a French style. The aim? Producing high-quality wines, of course!
What makes the wine from this particular farm so special? The farm has been operating since 1865, when the Counts of Floridablanca acquired the land. The meticulously planned architecture of Finca Loranque adds to the quality of the Grenache grapes produced here.
The height and the position of the building contributes to excellent ventilation circumstances. Combined with one meter thick walls, the temperature of the grapes can be controlled to some extent. Controlled temperature produces fantastic grapes. Wine connoisseurs, add this one to the list.
- Finca Loranque produced their first bottle of vintage in 2002
4. Madrid Tapas and Wine Tasting Tour
Tapas and wine experiences are one of the best activities in Spain. This tour offers you the opportunity to visit four local tapas and wine restaurants and sample some of the best Spanish delicacies in town. The wines are carefully selected to complement the tapas you’ll taste. And guess what? There are 10 different ones to try!
The vibrant culinary scene of Madrid is reflected in their tapas and wine tradition. Your expert food guide will not only take you on a culinary journey to explore the origin and inspiration behind delicate tapas dishes, and the perfect wine pairing. But they will also give you an authentic experience of Spanish culture. Miss the tourist traps and have a local food and wine tasting in Madrid.
- For the food enthusiasts, if alcohol ain’t your thing, you can still participate in this tour.
- Visit a 100-year-old dark, bohemian tavern – an authentic Spanish experience
5. Spanish Wine Tasting in Madrid
Want to challenge your existing wine knowledge? Interested in Spanish wines other than the typical Rioja or Ribera del Duero? Then join our expert sommelier and wine journalist to share his knowledge and notes on local wines in this perfect Madrid winery tour.
The goal of this tour is to create a relaxed and casual atmosphere with a group of fellow wine lovers. Sample six vintage wines, carefully selected by your sommelier (a trained wine professional), who has more than 10 years experience in the wine industry. Two white wines will be up for tasting, followed by four red wine tastings – as we all know by now, reds are full-bodied, fruity and fabulous in Spain.
Compare wines with each other while enjoying cheese, olives and Iberian cut meats, the perfect accompaniment to any Spanish wine experience. This tour will last 90 minutes, so if you want to book a quick and effective wine tour, this would definitely be the one we would suggest.
- Your host is a sommelier and wine journalist with more than 10 years experience. You’re in for some great storytelling
- Looking for a cosy and intimate experience ? Only 12 spots available in this tour
6. Madrid Wine Bars and Gastropubs Tour
Experience the bustling food scene of Madrid in this three-hour gastropub and wine bar tour. What does this entail? Visit the Ibiza neighborhood and get a glimpse into Spanish nightlife . Let your guide show you how the Spaniards do it – wine and tapas style.
You will visit two eateries in Ibiza, located in the district of Retiro, where you will get to sample local delicacies. Your guide will also explain the history of the area to you, pointing out important buildings and landmarks. In between walking around, you’ll get to enjoy freshly prepared food and robust, fruity wines.
At your final stop, you will sit down to enjoy a creative mix of dishes and locally produced wines. What a great way to experience the Spanish tapas culture like a local!
- All food and drinks are included in this 3-hour trip
7. Small-Group Wine Tasting Day Trip from Madrid
This full-day tour sure packs a punch. Taste more than 10 wines in this authentic Madrid winery tour. You will visit three prestigious wineries in the Madrid region and learn about complex wine production processes. Do you have any knowledge of biodynamic and organic wine? Neither did we, that’s why we tried out this tour!
Wine cellars are called bodegas in Spanish. Maybe you will be lucky and have the opportunity to go into an old wine cellar! You will get to taste wines made from grape varieties, like Tempranillo and Malvar, which both find their origin in the Madrid Winery region. Cheese and Iberico charcuterie platters will be provided during your tasting, but be sure to have a good breakfast on the morning of the tour!
- Wine cellars are called bodegas in Spanish. Get to see a Spanish bodega when you book this tour.
8. Guided Wine Day Tour to Ribera del Duero from Madrid
Situated in the wealthy region of Ribera del Duero surrounded by medieval villages and castles you can be ensured to taste some of the best wines Ribera del Duero wineries have to offer. This region has perfected the art of winemaking. Tingling tastebuds? Book this day tour now !
The three wineries have been carefully selected to ensure that they offer a mix of modern, traditional and medieval architecture – offering you a wide scope on architecture and culture in Spain.
This tour will focus on the tasting of course, including a minimum of two wine tastings at each of the three different locations. Take an in-depth look at wine production and harvesting where techniques of winemaking focus on traditional and modern tendencies – the perfect mix of old and new.
Comparing Spain’s extreme weather conditions to the increasing growth and development of their grapes is truly inspirational – it shows the passion and hard work of the families who have dedicated their lives to converting this region into one of the most popular red wine regions in the world.
After visiting your last Madrid Winery, you will get to visit the scenic town of Segovia – one of the very best wine bar tour – and still have some time to explore this historic town before heading back to Madrid.
- Lunch is not accounted for in this tour. Your tour guide will recommend a local restaurant for lunch at your own expense
Final Thoughts on Madrid Wine
Spain and wine. Ribera and Rioja. These all go hand in hand. They are known as the classics of the Madrid region, but be sure to try out some other grape varieties while you are visiting some fancy Madrid Wineries. Names like Toro , Verdejo , Petit Verdot , Campo de Borja, and Vinos de Madrid should make it to the top of your list! They are currently still underrated, but include some of the best young wines that Madrid has to offer. Just get ready to indulge in the wine-drinking culture of Spain.
You are sure to be attracted to the warmth of the people and the beautiful surrounding landscapes. You’ll also feel inspired by the architecture, and the vineyards, stretching over thousands of hectares through Spain. Gain new perspectives and insights into winemaking and wine tasting while experiencing local cuisine on some of the best wine tours, Madrid, Spain will be hosting.
Floating on cloud wine already? Well, we definitely feel our taste buds tingling with excitement. Make sure to book one of the 9 Best Wine Tours in Madrid to complete your Spanish summer itinerary.