Tips for Visiting Wineries in Haro Spain

wineries in HaroThe La Rioja wine region in Spain is one of our favorite wine growing regions in the world. The center of the wine region in La Rioja is Haro, where you’ll find some of the oldest and largest wineries in the area.

While there are hundreds of wineries throughout the Rioja region [here are a few of our favorite wineries to visit in Rioja], there are at least a dozen in Haro alone that are, in my opinion, not to be missed if you want to get an educated overview of Rioja wine, or even just taste some of the finest vintages around.

In order to make your wine tasting trip to Haro the best it can be, you’ll need to know a few important things about the area and the way they conduct wine tasting. You’ll find all that information, and more, below in our guide to Haro wine tasting.

At first it might not seem very easy to plan a wine tasting trip in Haro on your own, because you’ll need to contact the various wineries for appointments, but don’t let that discourage you. It’s actually quite easy to make those wine tasting appointments and the rest of the planning is a breeze.

Plan a Wine Tasting Trip in Haro Spain

You don’t need to take a guided tour in Haro, because it’s just too easy to do it yourself and so many of the major wineries you’ll want to visit are within walking distance of each other. The wineries each have guided tours with experts to tell you about their wine production. So why spend the extra money for a guide?

It’s best to base yourself right in the center of Haro and plan your wine tasting from there. If you’d like to branch out from Haro, it’s easy to rent a car and drive around the surrounding area, or set up a broader Rioja wine trip with a tour company.

BOOK A TOUR: If you don’t want to plan out your own wine tasting tour or drive around the area yourself, leave it up to the pros and book a group or private tour.

  • We recommend working with Rioja in Style to plan a private tour. It’s not a budget tour, but there really aren’t any of those in Rioja. Must be booked well in advance.
  • Small group wine tour to 3 boutique wineries with lunch in La Guardia.
  • Staying in San Sebastian, book this full-day wine tour with transportation from San Sebastian.
Haro's town square
Haro’s town square (photo by Savored Journeys)

How to Get to Haro, Spain

Getting to Haro is also fairly easy. Renting a car is the fastest and most convenient mode of transportation for this area. Driving is really easy and the roads are great, and well marked! The nearest major airport is in Bilbao, about an hour drive from Haro. You can drive from Madrid in about 4 hours.

Other options include the high-speed RENFE train or the bus from various points around Spain. We’ve been there a few times and we’ve always driven. Find more details about the train and bus options on the Haro Tourism site.

How to Book Wine Tasting Appointments

It might seem like a lot of work to contact each of these wineries and set up appointments, but it can be pretty easy through email. Another way to go about this would be to first book your hotel and ask the concierge to book the appointments for you. This is obviously the easiest way, but not all hotels offer this service.

To make the appointments yourself, send an email to the wineries you wish to visit at least a week in advance of your trip (even earlier, if you can). You’ll find the email addresses you’ll need in the descriptions below.

During busy times, they may not get back to you right away, and the tours can get filled up quickly (especially ones in English), so it’s best to do this as far in advance as possible. If no one is getting back to you, send another email, call, or see if they have an online form you can fill out.

Online forms were not as successful for me. If you submit an online form and don’t hear back right away, send an email instead.

English tours are given less often than Spanish tours, so you’ll have to be flexible and able to take whatever appointment you can get. Some of the wineries also have a tasting bar so you can just walk right in and have a tasting, without scheduling or taking a tour.

Top Haro Wineries to Visit

There are quite a few wineries in Haro that you can visit. Some are historic. Taking a tour of these older wineries is a highlight of visiting the wineries of Haro. The cellars are built underground and use the natural humidity to support and protect the wine. It’s an incredible thing to see. Here are our top choices for wineries to visit.

If you’re walking or driving, CVNE is a great place to start. There is a public parking lot directly across from the entrance of the winery, and from there you can walk to the other wineries listed here (in the order given).

⇒ CVNE

CVNE's underground cellar
CVNE’s underground cellar (photo by Savored Journeys)

Bodega CVNE (Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España) has been around since 1879. It was started by two brothers who were pioneers in the wine industry. The company has continued to grow and expand, adding additional space and labels to the empire.

A winery visit at CVNE, located right in the center of the Barrio de la Estacion, where many of the major wineries in Haro can be found, includes a walk through the facilities and a peek at the cellar building that was designed by Gustave Eiffel. Deep within the cellar you’ll witness the white mold growing all around the stacked bottles aging peacefully. It’s really a sight to see.

If you don’t wish to take a tour, you can walk right into the tasting room at CVNE and try a few of their wines, which range in price from €1-5 for a tasting. They have a few different labels to try. You can also schedule a winery lunch or take one of their tasting courses (wine and chocolate anyone?)

Address: Barrio de la Estación, s/n, 26200 Haro, La Rioja, Spain
Phone: +34 941 30 48 09
Email: visitas@cvne.com

⇒ Muga

A tasting at Muga
A tasting at Muga (photo by Savored Journeys)

Muga was founded in 1932 and you can expect to find some very nice wines here. The tasting room is very modern and inviting, with a cool train outside! 

If you don’t wish to take a tour, you can walk in at any time and have a tasting at the bar. There are a few choices of flights, and the tasting prices are very reasonable.

Ever wanted to take a hot-air balloon ride? Muga offers it as one of their activities! I think a balloon ride over the vineyards in the fall would be one of the most beautiful ways to see the vineyards at their peek. They also offer full-day wine tasting courses.

Address: Barrio de la Estación, s/n, 26200 Haro, La Rioja, Spain
Phone: +34 941 31 18 25
Website: http://www.bodegasmuga.com/en/
Email: visitas@bodegasmuga.com

⇒ Gomez Crusado

A tasting at Gomez Cruzado
A tasting at Gomez Cruzado (photo by Savored Journeys)

This winery was founded in 1886 and has been run by a few different people along the way. The current owners have been the driving force that ushered Gomez Crusado into the spotlight. The winery is housed in the original structure in the Barrio de la Estacion, and while it’s one of the smallest, it has a lot of personality to make up for it.

You can just walk right in (no reservation needed) any day of the week and ask for a tasting flight, which includes five wines for 8€. They also have a guided tour and tasting for 10€, as well as a premium tasting for 40€ that you must book in advance.

Address: Avda. de Vizcaya, 6
Phone: +34 941 31 25 02
Website: www.gomezcruzado.com
Email: bodega@gomezcruzado.com

⇒ Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia

Lopez de Heredia and Vina Tondonia
Lopez de Heredia and Vina Tondonia (photo by Savored Journeys)

The history of R. López de Heredia Viña Tondonia can be traced all the way back to 1877 when the founder came to La Rioja looking to start up his winery business and grow grapes. He planted the vineyards and followed it up with the establishment of the winery, the first in Haro, shortly after. It remains a family-owned winery to this day.

A visit to Viña Tondonia is an absolute must when in Haro. They are open for visits from Monday to Saturday (except holidays), and the tour lasts around 2 hours. If you only want to do one full tour in Haro, this is the one to choose.

If you don’t have time for a tour, the wines can be tasted and purchased in the unique modern shop in front of the winery from 10am-7pm. They do have an online form you can fill out, but email works best.

Address: Avda. de Vizcaya, 3
Phone: +34 902 123 904
Website: www.lopezdeheredia.com
Email: bodega@lopezdeheredia.com

⇒ Roda

Bodega Roda
Bodega Roda (photo by Savored Journeys)

Now you’ll visit a winery without the vast history of the others. Roda was founded in 1987 and didn’t open in Barrio de la Estacio until the 2000s. The winery has three different cellars, each using different techniques for aging the wine according to varietal.

You can visit the winery with an appointment Monday – Saturday. There are two tour times, 10am and 12pm. The visit costs 15€ and includes a walk through a photo exhibit and tasting of two wines. They also provide private tours with a tasting of 4 newer wines, or historical wines.

Without a tour, you can stop by the wine bar at Roda at any time for a tasting without an appointment. The wine bar is open on Sunday, but closed on Thursday.

Address: Avda. de Vizcaya, 5
Phone: +34 941 30 30 01
Website: www.roda.es
Email: rodarioja@roda.es

Where to Eat in Haro

Of course, after all this wine tasting, you’ll want to find some great food choices to soak it all up with. While none of the Haro bodegas have restaurants, you can schedule a traditional lunch at CVNE in advance. Other restaurants can be found in the city center, which will require about a 1/2 mile walk from the wineries, or a quick drive.

There is a pinchos crawl in Haro, but it’s not as exciting or as good as the one in Logrono. If you want to experience something really spectacular for lunch, head to Logrono. You can thank us later.

Oven-roasted lamb at Terete
Oven-roasted lamb at Terete (photo by Savored Journeys)

⇒ Terete Restaurant

The specialty at Terete Restaurant, which is located just a block from the center square, is the oven-roasted leg of lamb. You’ll see many clay pots filled with lamb pass through the dining room as they are taken to the wood-fired oven to be cooked.

It comes to your table sizzling and steaming, and the waiter will cut it and serve it for you. Of course, there are plenty of other things on the menu, but the lamb is the star. You really need a reservation here, unless you arrive at the very beginning of service and are lucky enough to snag an opening.

⇒ El Claustro of Hotel Los Agustinos Restaurant

One of the top places to stay in Haro is also one of the top places to eat. If you’re smart, you’ll just go ahead and book yourself a room at Hotel Los Agustinos, then plan to eat there as well.

⇒ La Vieja Bodega

Located just outside of town, La Vieja Bodega is a great way to spend a leisurely lunch. You’ll have over 400 bottles of wine and an extensive and tasty menu of traditional and modern dishes to choose from. The restaurant is large, but can get packed with tour groups, so make sure to have a reservation (starting at 2pm for lunch).

Where to Stay in Haro

If you don’t have a car in Haro, it’s best to stay in the city center. That way, everything is within walking distance, or you can catch a bus to another nearby town easily. If you stay outside of town, you’ll need to take a taxi, which can get expensive. If you do have a car, you can consider the hotels that are a little further out, which can include a few winery hotels!

Hotel and Bodega Eguran Ugarte's tremendous view
Hotel and Bodega Eguran Ugarte’s tremendous view (photo by Savored Journeys)

⇒ Hotel Los Agustinos

The hotel is located in a beautifully converted, centuries-old monastery in the center of town. The location is fantastic for walking around Haro and enjoying the town. The central courtyard has been converted into an atrium. While it does get a bit noisy in the streets around the hotel on the weekends, you’ll find the rooms to be clean and comfortable.

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⇒ Hotel Viura

Located about a 20-minutes drive from Haro is the trendy and modern Hotel Viura in Villabuena de Alava. We LOVE this hotel. The design is very unique and the rooms are large. There is a lovely restaurant downstairs with a tasting menu that can be paired with Rioja wines. And there is a bodega on the property as well. If you’re wanting to go beyond Haro, we highly recommend Hotel Viura. It’s in a great spot for wine tasting!

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⇒ Hotel Eguren Ugarte

Just a 25-minute drive from Haro is a really nice bodega called Eguren Ugarte, just outside the hilltop town of Laguardia. Not only does the winery have a fascinating tour and tasting, they also book out very nice rooms on the property, and they have a restaurant on sight. It’s a great place to stay because of its proximity to so many great wineries and the town of Laguardia. Also, the views are spectacular!

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Final Thoughts on Haro Wine Tasting

You can easily spend a week in Haro, visiting a winery or two per day, strolling around town, and visiting other nearby towns. It’s a great place for a relaxing vacation, but you can be as adventurous and busy as you want without running out of options.

Have you been to Haro? Tell us what your favorite wineries are!

Tips for Visiting Wineries in Haro Spain

45 thoughts on “Tips for Visiting Wineries in Haro Spain

  1. The Adventure Ahead says:

    As huge wine fans, we really appreciate this post – lots of great details and tips here. This sounds like a wine lovers dream! I really like the way you included the hotel information as well. This looks like the perfect way to spend a trip to Spain – good wine, good food, and good company 🙂

    • Laura Lynch says:

      If you’re huge wine fans, you absolutely should plan a trip to La Rioja with a stop in Haro. You will LOVE it.

  2. Debra Schroeder says:

    I’ve never been to Haro but it sounds pretty easy to get there. Great tip about having to book the winery tours in advance. Living in California, I’m so used to just showing up at a winery during tasting hours. I’m bummed I hadn’t researched Haro when I visited Madrid last year. I guess I’ll have to make another trip. 🙂

  3. LeAnna says:

    I love any wine tasting opportunity. Pair it with a great place to travel and it’s even better! I bet that hot air balloon ride would be just magical!

  4. Tamara Elliott says:

    Great tips- I agree that it usually works out better to plan a wine tasting tour yourself, as it guarantees you’ll get to visit vineyards you’re actually interested in, and not be rushed.

  5. melody pittman says:

    I recognize some of these wines! Our neighbors in Boquete live in that region and import Spanish wines to Panama where they have stores in Panama City and Boquete. They are the life of the party and always bring a couple of cases (yes, you read that right) with them. 😉

  6. Samantha Sparrow says:

    I’ve never visited a winery before, but I have been to a wine festival in Cyprus and I loved it very much. I am partial to a Spanish wine, so I’ll have to add this to my long list of places I want to visit soon!

  7. Annie says:

    While I know that tours can sometimes be the only way, or totally worthwhile, I almost always prefer doing it on my own. Good to know that you don’t need a guided tour in Haro!

  8. Rosemary says:

    Love visiting wineries and have not made it to Rioja yet. Glad to see the ease of visiting the wineries in Haro…not needing a guide is perfect! We hope to get to Spain next year and will add Haro to the list. The wines sound really tasty…and Muga sounds like quite an experience 🙂

    • Laura Lynch says:

      Muga is fantastic. A lot of the wineries in that area have fantastic experiences available to wine travelers.

  9. Chrysoula says:

    What a great post. I love visiting wineries andLa Rioja region is pretty famous for its wine. Thanks for the great tips. A road trip to Haro is a must

  10. Jim says:

    We spent three nights at Los Agustinos. Simply outstanding. Lopez de Heredia, Muga, and Vivanco (amazing corkscrew collection in addition to the wine and fabulous lunch) were memorable highlights.

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  13. Tracy says:

    Planning on going to Haro in May how many days would you say is the minimum. We are huge wine fans. We are flying into Bilbao on the 28th of May and then have 6 days and would like to spend some time in San Sebastian and maybe go to Ribero del Duoro?

    • Laura Lynch says:

      Hi Tracy, you’ll want to visit Haro plus Logrono and Laguardia. Minimum 3 days. Be sure to read our posts on Logrono and Rioja. We also have Ribera del Duero and San Sebastian content, both really great, though would be best to devote at least 2 days to each and since they are in opposite directions, you’d be spreading your time too thin to visit all. I would personally spend 3-4 days to Rioja and the rest in San Sebastian.

      • Tracy says:

        HI laura Thank you very much for your reply! Do you recommend basing out of Haro for visiting Logrono and rioja? After your email we are thinking 3 days in Haro Area and then on to San Sebastian for 2 days and a day in Bilbao. Aloha, Tracy

        • Laura Lynch says:

          You can base yourself in Haro, but I actually prefer Logrono. The Hotel Plaza Mayor is a fantastic place to stay.

  14. Leonard Bloom says:

    I love Haro and remember eating in one particular restaurant rather than visiting wineries. However, 95% of the time nowadays, I select wines from the Basque Country where I lived with a family in Zarauz (now written Zarautz in the Basque language or Euskara).

    • Laura Lynch says:

      Hi Leonard. I definitely have some very fond memories of restaurants in Haro. Also really love the wine from the Basque Country too.

  15. Lama Ghanem says:

    Sounds amazing! My husband to be and I will be going to Haro and logrono in July this year. Are there wine tours on Sundays as well, it is something we were worried about.
    Thanks!

    • Laura Lynch says:

      Larna, most of the big wineries in Haro and Logrono area will be open on Sunday. Always book in advance to be sure!

  16. Joe Valdes says:

    Hi, great write up. Thank you. I’m planning spending a day in haro. How long should I plan for a tour and to get to the next winery?
    Thanks,
    Joe

    • Laura Lynch says:

      Hi Joe. The wineries in Haro are very close together (many walking distance). A tour and tasting typically last up to 2 hours (but they vary). To be sure, you’ll have to consult each one. Often they have that info on their website.

      • Joseph Valdes says:

        Fantastic. Thank you. Are there any actual vineyards as opposed to just wineries that you’d recommend? I think we’d skip most tours and just do as you recommended and go to the tasting rooms.

        One last question. What are your thoughts on Laguardia? I didn’t see anything on it on your site. Is it worth spending time there?

        • Laura Lynch says:

          I believe all of the ones I mention have vineyards. Eguren Ugarte is one of my favorites – a beautiful vineyard. I like Laguardia as a place to walk around and get a meal, but there are only a few tasting rooms there (some with large underground tunnels). I prefer the other wineries surrounding the city.

  17. Tom Leesk says:

    So amazing write up… and you are so great to provide this article. This help me to start my wine trip plan. thanks so much.. 🙂

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  19. Nina says:

    We are planning to go by car to the Rioja area for 5 nights. We want to stay in one place, but visit others. Is 5 too many nights for Haro? Would it make a good base or would Logrono be better? Thanks – any help would be great!

    • Laura Lynch says:

      Hi Nina. If you like wine tasting, 5 nights wouldn’t be too much. I would recommend Logrono instead. Don’t miss the pinchos crawl. Be sure to search our site for all rioja and Logrono content.

  20. Diana says:

    Hi Laura,
    I originally planned to be in San Sebastian from 1/21 – 1/23, then take the bus on the morning of 1/23 to Bilbao. My next flight departs Bilbao at 2:50pm on 1/25. My only goal for Bilbao is to see the Guggenheim, which I think I might be able to squeeze in first thing on 1/25.

    Given that I won’t have a car, what is the best way for me to make the most of my time in Rioja? Should I spend a night in Logrono or Haro? Perhaps I could take a train/bus from San Sebastian on the morning of 1/23, spend the day and night in Rioja, spend morning of 1/24 tasting, then take a train/bus to Bilbao?

    If this is possible, which wineries would you recommend, since I will have to rely on cabs or hire a car. (Also trying to save some money if possible.)

    Thanks for your help!
    Diana

    • Laura Lynch says:

      Diana, I`ve sent you an email with my recommendations, but I think taking the bus to Logrono for the Pinchos crawl, then on to Haro for wine tasting is the best way to maximize your time without a car.

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  22. Gary says:

    Hi Laura
    Your tips were an absolute saviour for us on our recent trip to Spain. Friends and I have been wanting to visit La Rioja for some time and when it came to research it and finding organised wine tours we really found very little information available. Your various posts made our trip! We stayed in Haro, visited most of the wineries and did the Logroño pinchos crawl. The joy of the trip was the lack of tourists so it’s not overrun like some many other wine regions. I hope information on the area stays on the low down so we can keep it all to ourselves. Anyone thinking of going – it’s a must for any wine lover.

    • Laura Lynch says:

      Thank you for the kind words and for coming back to tell us our info was useful! That makes it all worth it. And I couldn’t agree more with you. La Rioja is a gem. I absolutely love it.

  23. Karen says:

    Hi Laura and Nick,
    Your site if very informative and accessible. We are planning our trip to Spain/Portugal for 9/22-10/12/19. We are traveling from Barcelona on 9/29 to travel through Northern Spain. I think will will be in Haro around 9/30 or 10/1. How far ahead of time should we make reservations for places to stay in Haro? It is a definite stop for us and the rest of the week until 9/6 is flexible. We will be heading to Galicia along the coast after Haro as we are oyster farmers and must also spend time on the coast

    • Laura Lynch says:

      Hi Karen. Glad you like the site! You will just miss the harvest festival, I believe, but it is still harvest time then in Haro, so book ahead at least one month for your preferred hotel. If you don’t mind where you stay, one week ahead should be okay to get a room somewhere. Be sure to check out our post on Galicia!

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