Wine walks and workshops
There nine Rioja tasting workshops took place over the two days of Rioja Tapas Fantasticas hosted by wine experts Olly Smith or Susy Atkins, who took visitors on a thirty minute journey through the senses with lively and fun tips about tasting Rioja wine.

Olly and Susy also hosted wine walks guiding visitors around the festival visiting five different winery stalls trying a wine at each.

Olly Smith
Olly brings a lively and humorous but highly educated approach to wine tasting. He is wine editor for the Mail on Sunday’s LIVE Magazine, writes regularly for Waitrose and is author of ‘Eat & Drink: Good Food that’s Great to Drink With’. When he’s not writing Olly is often in front of the TV camera and has graced our screen on shows such as the Secret Supper Club (Channel 4), Iron Chef (Channel 4), BBC Breakfast (BBC1), Saturday Kitchen (BBC1) and Fern (Channel 4), he’s a busy man – catch him while you can!

Susy Atkins
Susy’s fun and relaxed approach together with incredible expertise immediately demystifies the art of wine tasting. She writes a regular weekly column for the Sunday Telegraph’s Stella magazine and is also wine editor of delicious magazine. Susy is familiar to many wine and food lovers as a regular wine expert and presenter on Saturday Kitchen (BBC1), as well as being the author of ten modern down-to-earth books about drinks. Don’t pass up this chance of a lesson from such a lively expert!