As a culinary capital and major wine producer, Madrid loves its food—the city’s culinary scene is a prime for the taste buds of any discerning foodie. Here are the most toast-worthy wine and tapas experiences for your time in the Spanish capital.
- Visit some of Madrid’s top tapas bars.
- Learn about local grape varietals, such as Tempranillo, Malvar, and Barnacha, while enjoying Spanish cuisine.
- Head outside the city to tour an acclaimed bodega and learn about the Madrid wine region.
- Madrid tours usually last 3 to 4 hours, while day trips outside the city can last upwards of 7 hours.
- Most wine tastings include light snacks.
Tapas and Wine Tasting Tours in Madrid
The streets and back alleys of Madrid teem with tapas bars and gastropubs, almost all of which offer serious wine tasting potential. Guided tasting tours show off the traditional and modern sides of the Madrid food scene, with opportunities for sampling favorites such as Iberian ham, Galician octopus, Manchego cheese, and chorizo in cider, washed down with wines from some of Spain's 69 officially recognized wine regions.
Wine Tasting Day Trips From Madrid
For a more in-depth introduction to Spanish wine, head outside the city limits on a wine tasting day trip from Madrid. Itineraries might take you to bodegas in the Madrid wine region or further afield to Ribera del Duero or Toledo.