Vintage Spain

June 2004 - Vol 2


VINTAGE SPAIN NEWSLETTER. Wine tasting tours in Spain

Here is our second newsletter. We want to thank everybody for the wonderful acceptance of the first issue and encourage our readers to send us your comments, what you want to see, what you don´t like, and your contributions.

This month our featured tour is Ribera del Duero from the 27th to the 30th of June. We have modified the Penedés tour and now it is Penedés and Priorat. And for the summer we are starting our new scheduled one day tours from Madrid to Ribera del Duero.

We know and like the places and establishments we recommend, this is why we can talk about them and also why we would appreciate very much your opinion about them. They are all very open and friendly with wine lovers and most are out of the tourist track.

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FEATURED TOUR


June 27-30 RIBERA DEL DUERO. WINE, ART AND HISTORY. From Madrid

This tour is perfect for people who want to experience Spanish wine and Spanish culture. The lodging would be in a small town home of winemakers, away from the crowded touristy places. We will visit some of the best wineries in Ribera. The tour will also take you through the history and art of Spain, from the Roman Aqueduct in Segovia to castles, monasteries, cathedrals, including the gothic cathedral of Burgos, one of the most beautiful in Spain. Ribera del Duero is just two hours away from Madrid and the wines produced in this region are among the finest in Spain. Already in the XII century, the monks of Cluny were growing grapes along the river bank of Duero to produce wine. Ribera de Duero, in the heart of Castilla-León, is the old land of castillos or castles. The landscape is rugged, with small towns and hills coronate by castles and beautiful vineyards at this time of the year.

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FEATURED HOTEL

VILLA DE ABALOS ***- (Abalos, Rioja)

Located in Abalos, a small town with a long wine tradition, between Haro and Laguardia, in the center of Rioja Alta. It is a family run hotel open in 2002 in an old noble house from the XVII century restored with incredible taste. The treatment is exceptional, professional with a touch of family, rooms are very comfortable and quiet and very nicely decorated, the restaurant of the hotel is very good, one of the best in the area.

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SCHEDULED TOURS


- One day wine tours to Ribera from Madrid. Special summer departures during June, July, August and Sep.

- June 14-16. Wine and Cava in Penedés and Priorat, 3 days/2 nights.

- June 15-18. Wine tradition in Rioja, 4 days/3 nights.

- June 27-30. Wine, Art and History in Ribera de Duero, 4 days/3 nights.

- July 14-20. Spanish Wine Experience - Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Toledo, 6 nights.

- September 3-8. Classical Wines, Rioja and Ribera, 5 nights.

- September 19-25. Spanish Wine Experience - Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Toledo, 6 nights.

Full 2004 Schedule and itineraries
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EVENTS AND FESTIVALS


Vintage Spain can help you attending any of these events

- Wine Day. June 12 and 13. Open doors day in lots of wineries in Spain.

- Gastronomic Mediterranean Fair. June 11-15, Málaga

- Forum Barcelona, from June to September


- June 19-20, Medieval Fair in Briones (La Rioja)

- June 26. Wine battle in Haro, come to get covered with wine
- June 23 - 29. Fiestas of San Juan and San Pedro in many places in Rioja and Ribera: Burgos, Segovia, Laguardia, Haro, Fuenmayor

FEATURED WINERY

BODEGAS RAMON BILBAO - (Rioja)

This is one of the traditional wineries in Rioja, making good Riojan wine adapted to the modern times without loosing the typical Rioja characteristics. They are also very innovative in terms of wine tourism, they understand it is important to be open for visitors welcoming everybody. They are even open during the weekends.  

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FEATURED RESTAURANT

LAGAR DE ISILLA in Aranda de Duero - Ribera

This historical restaurant and cellar is located in the centre of Aranda de Duero, in the popular pedestrian Isilla Street. The menu is varied, with an interesting section of dishes from typical Spanish cuisine, and the Aranda specialty, roasted young lamb. This restaurant has an underground cellar or bodega that was previously used for wine making and now it is only use for wine aging and storage of the restaurant wine. This cellar can be visited if you have your meal in the restaurant.

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