BWS in RIOJA | October 14-20, 2024

Visit the vineyards, kitchens & farms of Rioja with special guest Callie Crossley from GBH TV & radio

Pack your bags for the heart of Spanish wine country | Six days & nights | 24 people max | $5666 per person double, $667 single supplement, all-inclusive (except airfare)

We’ve found the place, the people, and the wines to create the Boston Wine School experience in Rioja, and you’re invited!

Even if you think you know nothing about Spanish wine, everyone knows (or knows of) Rioja, the most important, admired, collected, sought-after wine in all of Spain. Boston Wine School will be spending a week there in October learning and understanding what makes this wine region so relentlessly delicious.

You’ll visit many vineyards and wineries, and you’ll experience the foods, cheeses, and meats Rioja is famous for. Most importantly, you’ll get to know yourselves, each other, and the winemakers and food artists who will be welcoming us into their homes and businesses to participate in their delicious craft and art.

We’ll be staying in one place the entire time – beautiful Villa Liquidámbar in Torrecilla en Cameros – and should have Rioja almost all to ourselves since our itinerary is timed for after the big Easter holidays and before the tourist season really kicks off. The weather this time of year in Rioja is ideal as well, typically dry and warm in the 60s with lows at night sometimes in the 40s.

You’ll have wine tasting classes every day along with a complement of food, history, and winemaking experiences you’ll never forget. If you’re ready to eat, drink, and breathe Spain, Boston Wine School is ready to take you there.

ABOUT Callie Crossley

Callie Crossley is a woman for all media including commentator, public speaker, writer, broadcast journalist, and filmmaker. She hosts Under the Radar with Callie Crossley and The Culture Show on GBH radio and Basic Black on GBH television. Callie has won numerous awards, including the Edward R. Murrow Award, a national Emmy, and an Oscar nomination for her producer work on Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years.

Villa Liquidámbar | Our home for the week

Villa Liquidámbar is an ideal home for families and groups of friends traveling to Rioja. The bedrooms are spacious, each one with a different theme. The overall tranquility guarantees refreshing dreams. The house is environmentally friendly, respects the natural environment, and boasts a sustainable self-regulated water system. Villa Liquidámbar is a short walk from the charming walled town of Torrecilla en Cameros.

All itineraries, schedules, events, menus & times are subject to change.

DAY ONE | TRAVEL & ARRIVE | Pick-up @ Logroño | Check-in @ 12:00 or after | H₂O + CO₂ + tapitas on arrival | Welcome dinner @ 18:00 | “Get-to-know-you” buffet of tapas and local delicacies with a comparative tasting of local wines

DAY TWO | TRIPPING ON TEMPRANILLO | Tasting class @ 10:00 with Jonathon Alsop | Overview / Orientation: Intro to the Wines of Spain & Rioja | Lunch @ The Villa @ 12:00 | Village life walking tour @ 14:00 of Torrecilla en Cameros | In the kitchen @ 18:00 for Rioja’s signature dish with Chef | Dinner @ 20:00

DAY THREE | INTO THE VINES | Wine tasting @ 10:00 in the vineyard + lunch @ 12:00 | Cheese farm + wine tasting @ 15:00 | Dinner @ 20:00

DAY FOUR | ALL TRUFFLED UP | Truffle hunting @ 10:00 + wine lunch in the forest @ 12:00 | Artisan brewery tour + tasting @ 14:00 | In the kitchen @ 18:00 for truffle prep tips with Chef | Dinner @ 20:00

DAY FIVE | MEAT YOUR MAKER | Reserva and Gran Reserva tasting class @ 10:00 + lunch in the vineyard @ 12:00 | Chorizo making & wine tasting @ 15:00 + the butcher shop @18:00 | Dinner @ 20:00

DAY SIX | GRAPE EXPECTATIONS | Rioja Round Up tasting class @ 10:00 with Jonathon Alsop | Lunch @ The Villa @ 12:00 | Garnacha, Viura, and other grapes you’ve never heard of in the vineyard @ 14:00 | In the kitchen @18:00 to discover the power of paiella with Chef | Farewell & awards dinner @ 20:00

DAY SEVEN | DEPART & TRAVEL | Check out @ 11:00 | Drop off @ Logroño

The people you’ll meet

Atlanta native April Cullom traded in her Southern roots to move to the Costa del Sol in Andalucía, and currently lives “bi-costal” between New York City and Málaga. She holds WSET Advanced and Spanish Wine Scholar certificates, is a certified Spain Specialist by TurEspaña, and is the creator of the award-winning Alma de Vino & Casa Abril wines. Her agency, Global Bridges LLC, has 20+ years’ experience specializing in Spanish food and wine marketing to promote Spanish wines and introduce American consumers to a place she likes to call “home”, Spain.

Jonathon Alsop is founder & executive director of the Boston Wine School, author of The Wine Lover’s Devotional and In Vino Veritas, and a commentator for National Public Radio. He began writing about wine, food and travel in 1988 and emerged as a wine expert through his syndicated wine column. He has contributed numerous articles to the Associated Press, Frequent Flyer Magazine, La Vie Claire, Beverage Business Magazine, Mobil Travel Guides, Fodor’s Travel Guides, Boston Globe, and many others.

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Covid-smart travel & learning

  • 100% vaccination, all students and staff
  • Universal precautions, all times and locations
  • Private classes, tastings, and events exclusive to students and staff
  • Central location and provider for all lodging and transportation
  • Off-peak scheduling + “off-the-beaten-path” venues
  • Travel insurance required for all travelers

What’s included

  • Six nights at Villa Liquidámbar
  • All hotel taxes
  • Transport / transfer from Logroño to Villa Liquidámbar and return
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner each full day, plus welcome dinner the first day and breakfast the last
  • Wine tastings, vineyard visits, tours, food experiences, chef’s cooking classes, admissions, and sightseeing
  • Round-trip transportation for all events outside Villa Liquidámbar

What’s NOT included

  • Airfare / transporation to & from Logroño
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals on your own and any additional food or wine
  • Individual tours or special transportation outside the itinerary

The fine print

  • All itineraries, schedules, events, menus & times are subject to change