January 2007- Vol 23


VINTAGE SPAIN NEWSLETTER. Wine tasting tours in Spain
A NEW YEAR FOR WINE TOURS IN SPAIN!

Winter is a wonderful time to start preparing you vacation. So here we are, with great suggestions for gourmet wine and gastronomic tours in Spain and Portugal. We want to share with you our favorites places to give you an idea of what you could be experiencing in our tours, unique wineries, hotels, and restaurants. And don't forget that wine and food can always be enjoyed together with other activities like cultural visits, golf, spa treatments, bicycle, horse or walking tours, just to mention a few.

This year we have decided to focus more on customized private tours and have less scheduled tours, although we are having a Classical Wines in Rioja and Ribera del Duero in June 4-8, 4 nights. All tours are available upon request, you can check our web page.

This month we want to show you a little bit of different regions, Castiblanque a winery in La Mancha, Finca Valpiedra, another winery in Rioja, Real Sitio de la Ventosilla a winery with a hotel in Ribera del Duero and Cal Blay, a restaurant in Penedes.

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FEATURED TOUR

Classical Wines: Rioja and Ribera del Duero. June 4-8 2007.

This tour is perfect for people who want to experience Spanish wine and Spanish culture. It is a special tour combining Wine, Architecture, Art and Gastronomy. The tour starts and finish in Madrid, and covers, Ribera del Duero, Burgos, Rioja and Bilbao. The tour will take you through the best wines in Spain and its history, from the cathedral of Burgos to the new Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, including monasteries, medieval towns, and historical sites that will be visited and admired.

Four nights to immerse into the Spanish culture, wine and gastronomy. Stay in a five star hotel in a winery, in a former convent that is now a four star hotel, and in another four star hotel in a small medieval town home of winemakers. Dine with the locals, in the typical places not frequented by tourist and in the very good well known places, popular with everybody. And, of course, enjoy the best wines of Spain, comparing such different regions as the modernity and innovation of Ribera del Duero with the tradition of Rioja.

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FEATURED WINERY

BODEGAS CASTIBLANQUE - La Mancha
Campo de Criptana (Ciudad Real)

This winery is located in a restored XIX century wine cellar. It represents modernity and renovation in the center of the traditional region of La Mancha. They are making excellent wines that can be tasted by anybody who travels in the land of Don Quixote and wants to visit the winery. They just opened a new Gourmet store in Madrid to sell their wines and traditional Mancha products. More information

SCHEDULED TOURS


- Classical Wines, Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Bilbao, 4 nights. 4-8 June, 2007

- CUSTOMIZED PRIVATE TOURS all year upon request. We organize tours in RIOJA, RIBERA DEL DUERO, TORO, LA MANCHA, PENEDES, PRIORAT, south of Spain. etc, for groups or individuals.

-One Day trips All year upon request.

2007 Schedule and itineraries
Tours are open all year upon request.
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AGENDA

Vintage Spain can help you attending any of these events

- February 17. Carnaval in many Spanish towns

-March 11-15. Alimentaria Castilla- Leon in Valladolid


-March 16-18. SEVATUR Tourism Fair in San Sebastián

-April 5-8. Easter with celebrations in many Spanish towns.

-April 12-15. Destino Vino, II International Wine Tourism Conference in Logroño (La Rioja)


-April 16-19. Salon Internacional del Club de Gourmets in Madrid

-May 7-10. FENAVIN Wine National Fair in Ciudad Real.


- Mayo 6-13. Horse Fair in Jerez. Jerez de la Frontera


NOTE: We would like for you to send us your contributions for the newsletter: description of wineries or wines you enjoy, articles about cities related to wine, interesting festivals and events, comments about tours you have enjoyed or not.
FEATURED WINERY

FINCA VALPIEDRA en Fuenmayor - D.O.Q. Rioja

Finca Valpiedra is a wonderful chateau style winery located in one of the most beautiful states of Rioja Alta, surrounded by vineyards and the Ebro river. They have incredible views and a magnificent barrel room. It is the flagship of the Martinez Bujanda group, owners of Valdemar and Cosecheros y Criadores in Rioja and Finca Antigua in Cuenca. They make only a type of wine from a single vineyard with excellent quality. They belong to Grandes Pagos de España. More information

FEATURED HOTEL

REAL SITIO DE VENTOSILLA - PRADO REY in Ribera del Duero

This hotel is located in Prado Rey winery state, in a magnificent XVI c Palace built in Herrerian style which preserves its exterior architecture and original proportions. Now it is a Posada Real (Royal Inn) and offers 18 rooms open to the guests of the Ribera del Duero. The winery has the most advance technology to make quality Ribera del Duero wines. More information

FEATURED RESTAURANT

CAL BLAY in Sant Sadurni d'Anoia (Penedés)

It is one of the most interesting restaurants in Penedés. It mixes traditional and innovative food, offering both traditional dishes, and modern and creative ones, always giving an excellent quality and and a perfect technique. More information

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