Northern Spain is home to some of the absolute best wine in the country—which makes chic San Sebastian an ideal spot for a wine tasting.
You’ve got your crisp Basque txakolis, classic riojas, underrated gems from nearby Navarra—when it comes to wines to order in San Sebastian, you’re spoiled for choice. But why limit yourself to just one fabulous variety when you can try several? That’s where the top wine tastings and wine tours in San Sebastian come in. Here’s everything you need to know about wine tastings in San Sebastian, from where to go to what to expect.
Considered one of the best wine shops in San Sebastian for decades, it comes as no surprise that the family behind Goñi Ardoteka really knows their stuff when it comes to wine. With hundreds of wines from all over Spain, they offer something for everyone. Their wine tastings are 100 percent personalized to your tastes, group, and budget, so you can be sure you’re getting the exact experience you want. Get in touch and their friendly, professional staff will be happy to help organize the tasting of your dreams.
In addition to housing more than 700 fantastic international wines, Essencia also offers some of the most exclusive wine tastings in San Sebastian. Each tasting offers a glimpse at the countless flavors, scents, and experiences that a single bottle of excellent wine can contain, evoking an ever-growing passion for vino with each sip. They send regular updates about upcoming tastings and events via email and WhatsApp, so sign up through the contact form on the main page of their website to get on the list.
Vinatería Manu Mendez
Manu Mendez will treat you like an old friend from the moment you walk into his eponymous wine shop near Zurriola Beach. He’s more than happy to help you find your next favorite bottle from among the more than 500 references in the store, among them the majority of Spain’s 67 denominaciones de origen. Their wine tastings are hands-on and in depth, taking place over the course of two days, during which you’ll sample up to 16 excellent wines in the shop’s cozy tasting space. If you’re looking for one of the most informative yet unpretentious wine tastings in San Sebastian, this is the event for you.
Txakolí winery day trip
We’ve already mentioned txakolí—the crisp, semi-sparkling white wine native to the Basque Country, and one of the can’t-miss options for what to drink in San Sebastian. You’ll be able to find it at just about any bar here in the city, but if you want to go one step further and taste it straight from the source, you’ll love San Sebastian Tourism’s Txakoli Winery Tour with Tasting. The experience will whisk you away to the idyllic coastal village of Getaria, one of the foremost txakolí production areas, where you’ll visit the vineyards and enjoy a tasting of the final product complete with traditional bites.
Craving more than just wine? We can’t blame you—you’re in San Sebastian, home to some of the best food in the world! Join us on our Ultimate Pintxos & Wine Tour to experience the best of both worlds: a curated selection of the best authentic pintxos San Sebastian has to offer, perfectly paired with the drinks locals love, including an outstanding selection of regional wines. Along the way, you’ll pick up invaluable insider info and tips for eating like a local—so you can make every meal count throughout your stay in San Sebastian.
Life is too short to speak one language and stay in one place. In 2015, this philosophy took her from familiar Ohio to sunny southern Spain. Usually drinking tinto de verano, reading Lorca, or attempting to dance flamenco (not all at once). Follow her blog, Viatic Couture, for more.