April 2005 - Vol 12


VINTAGE SPAIN NEWSLETTER. Wine tasting tours in Spain
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The New Spain Wine Tour with the famous Spanish wine specialists and writer John Radford is ready. The tour was named to celebrate his new published book "The New Spain". John is one of the most respected wine critics in the world and a recognized expert in Spanish wine. We are sure it will be an unforgettable experience. We also present active bike wine tours again.

We want to introduce you to one of the more historical wineries in Rioja: R. Lopez de Heredia. And tell you about Destino Vino, a big festival in wine tourism in Rioja. As usual we have the scheduled tours for 2005 and our agenda for the rest of the season.

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FEATURED TOUR

September 18- 25. THE NEW SPAIN WINE TOUR WITH JOHN RADFORD - Rioja, Ribera del Duero, Toro, Cigales and Rueda

The New Spain Wine Tour, designed and hosted by John Radford and Vintage Spain is ready. John is one of the most respected wine critics in the world, an extraordinary wine writer, journalist and speaker and a recognized expert in Spanish wines. To celebrate the publication of his two new books, "The New Spain" and "The Wines from Rioja", we decided to organize a tour that reflects its spirit. It is a tour for wine lovers, to have a real life experience of what is going on in Spain now, with the privilege of being led by a wine expert like John Radford.

The tour includes seven days of wine touring. We will visit the wine regions of Rioja, Ribera del Duero, Toro, Rueda, and Cigales including some of the new independent wineries outside the Denomination of Origin system. John will personally pick the wineries to provide a good picture of the new Spain. Winery visits will be private and exclusive, led by wine makers and winery owners with the opportunity to have interesting and animated wine tastings and discussions with them. But the tour offers more than wine. Spanish culture, art and history will be appreciated during visits to selected sites. We’ll enjoy the famous Spanish gastronomy either in wineries or in traditional and modern restaurants. An optional cooking class will be offered. Plus there will be plenty of opportunities for shopping.

Space is limited to only 20 people. Check the page of the tour for more info

THE NEW SPAIN. New Edition. A Complete Guide to Contemporary Spanish Wine. Published by Mitchell Beazley, Sep 2004.

THE WINES OF RIOJA. Published by Mitchell Beazley Classic Wine Series, Nov 2004.

FEATURED WINERY
H LOPEZ DE HEREDIA - VIÑA TODONIA. D.O.C. Rioja. Haro

Founded in 1877 this winery is one of the historical wineries in Rioja, even more, it represents history in Rioja. It still is an authentic family winery, where the third generation of descendants of Don Rafael Lopez de Heredia is in charge of running the winery. They produce, among other wines, the famous Viña Tondonia, one of the great classical Riojan wines, using the same traditional methods they used 120 years ago. They are also one of the few wineries still producing aged white wines.

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SCHEDULED TOURS


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The New Spain with John Radford- Rioja, Ribera del Duero, Toro, Cigales and Rueda, 7 nights. Sep 18-25

- Wine and Don Quixote. La Mancha and Toledo, 3 days/2nights. May 11-13.

- Wine and Cava. Penedés and Priorat, 3 days/2 nights. June 21-23, September 7-9

- Wine tradition. Rioja, 4 days/3 nights. June 14-17, Sep 13-16

- Wine, Art and History. Ribera de Duero, 3days/2 nights. June 1-3, September 28-30

- Spanish Wine Experience - Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Toledo, 6 nights. June 6-12.

- Classical Wines, Rioja and Ribera, 4 days/3 nights. 17-20 May, 28 Jun-1 Jul, 30 Aug-2 Sep, 2-5 Oct

-One Day trips from Madrid (Ribera de Duero and La Mancha), from Barcelona (Wine and Cava in Penedés) and from Sevilla (Jerez o Sanlucar). All year upon request

2005 Schedule and itineraries
If you are interested in different dates, please let us know. Tours are open all year upon request.
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AGENDA

Vintage Spain can help you attending any of these events

-April 30-May 2, 2005. 10th Wine Fair DO Priorat. Falset (Cataluña)

-May 1-8, 2005. Jerez Horse Fair in Jerez de la Frontera.

-May 9-12, 2005. FENAVIN National Wine Fair in Ciudad Real.

-May 14-16, 2005. Riberexpo 13 Muestra del Vino from DO Ribera del Duero, Peñafiel (Valladolid).

- June 3-5, 2005. II International Wine Symposium in Marbella.

- June 20-23, 2005. FEGAMED II Mediterranean Gastronomic Fair in Malaga.

- 2005. Don Quixote IV Centenary

ACTIVE WINE

RIOJA BIKE WINE TOURS THROUGH THE VINEYARDS with hotel Villa de Abalos.
May 13-15, June 10-12 and upon request

Vineyards are beautiful in spring, making it the perfect time to enjoy an active weekend in Rioja, biking through the vineyards, visiting wineries and having a wonderful picnic in the countryside.

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WINE TOURISM

DESTINO VINO. First International Wine Tourism Show. Logroño (Rioja) April 21-24

The celebration of Destino Vino, the first International Wine Tourism Show celebrated in Rioja, shows how the importance in wine tourism is steadily growing in Spain. It is a promotional event for the whole range
of wine tourism available: local, national and international. The event had two different parts: A symposium aimed at professionals from the tourist sector and promoters of the main Spanish and international destinations that want to develop wine as a tourist attraction. And a thematic exhibition, tastings and a wide range of fascinating activities related to wine tourism which are open to the general public over the weekend.


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