August 2007- Vol 24


VINTAGE SPAIN NEWSLETTER. Wine tasting tours in Spain
IDEAS FOR GOURMET VACATIONS IN SPAIN

Now is the time to prepare your vacation for this fall. September and October are great months to take a wine tour, the vineyards are beautiful and full of grapes, and you can even experience the harvest first hand. The weather is perfect to enjoy the countryside and for other outdoors activities like golfing, bicycling, horse riding or walking. And don't forget cultural visits or spa treatments.

In September we have two special tours scheduled: Northern Spain Gourmet Wine Tour Sep 3-9, which focuses in Wine, Gastronomy and Cooking; and San Mateo Festival Rioja Wine Tour, Sep 20-23, to enjoy Rioja wine and the Harvest Festival. All tours are available upon request, please check our web page.

This month we feature two wineries with on site hotel, one in La Mancha, Pago del Vicario, with a great restaurant as well, and another one in Rioja Casa del Cofrade. And a country hotel with an excellent restaurant in Penedés, El Bosc.

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FEATURED TOURS

NORTHERN SPAIN GOURMET WINE TOUR, Sep 3-9, 2007.

Wine and Cooking classes. Special tour combining Wine, Cooking, Gastronomy, Architecture and Art. The tour covers Bilbao, San Sebastian, Rioja, Burgos, Ribera del Duero and Madrid. This tour is perfect for people who want to experience Spanish wine, gastronomy and culture. 6 nights. Guaranteed departure.

This is a tour for real gourmets that will take you through the best wines and gastronomy 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. A cooking class in a private home will introduce you to culinary Spain, and, of course, enjoy the best wines of Spain, comparing different regions the modernity and innovation of Ribera del Duero with the tradition of Rioja. Stay in four star hotel in a winery, a former convent, and in a small medieval town home of winemakers. Download PDF

SAN MATEO FESTIVAL RIOJA WINE TOUR, Sep 20-23, 2007.

Special tour to enjoy Rioja and the harvest festival of San Mateo in Logroño. From Logoño you will enjoy a day of the harvest festival, a day with a wine tour visiting different wineries and a medieval village and of course Logoño itself with its great restaurants and the tapas bars in Laurel Street. 3 nights. Guaranteed departure. Download PDF

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FEATURED WINERY - HOTEL - RESTAURANT

PAGO DEL VICARIO in Ciudad Real - La Mancha

Pago del Vicario is an impressive project in Ciudad Real, the heart of La Mancha. It includes a modern high quality winery, a really nicely designed hotel and a gourmet restaurant. The winery and hotel are surrounded by their own vineyards that are used exclusively for their wines. The whole place combines modern design and tradition, charm, contrasts and a romantic flair. The result leaves no one indifferent and makes one eager to visit the place, even if it is just to enjoy their wonderful wines. More information

SCHEDULED TOURS


- Northern Spain Gourmet Wine Tour, Rioja, Ribera del Duero, San Sebastian and Bilbao, 6 nights. 3-9 Sep 2007

- San Mateo Festival Rioja Wine Tour
, 3 nights, 20-23 Sep 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

- Mar 1 - Aug 31. La Rioja Tierra Abierta. LOG 2007 in Logroño.

-Jul 19 - Sep 13 (Thursdays). Flamenco and tapas in bodegas FUNDADOR PEDRO DOMECQ in Jerez de la Frontera

-Jul - Sep, Nights of Embrujo and Flamenco in Bodegas Terry in el Puerto de Santa Maria

-Jul 12 - Aug 23 (Thursdays), En Clave de Pago in bodega Pago del Vicario in Ciudad Real

-Sep 1. OPEN DOOR DAY WINERIES in Abalos (La Rioja)

-Sep 16-22. III Festival de Cine Europeo "Vinos de Castilla-La Mancha" in La Solana (Ciudad Real)

-Oct 15-17. IV Salón de las Denominaciones de Origen in Vigo

FEATURED WINERY - HOTEL

Hotel Casa del Cofrade at Winery Vinícola Real in Rioja

La Casa del Cofrade is the first WINE CELLAR - HOTEL in La Rioja. It was originated in the premises of Bodegas Vinícola Real in the town of Albelda de Iregua, only 15 km from Logroño, capital of La Rioja. Its history goes back to the X century, related to San Martín of Albelda Monastery home of around 200 monks, that's why the flagship of Bodegas Vinícola Real´s wine is "200 Monges". The hotel is very comfortable and it is an ideal place for the traveler who is looking for a peaceful setting, out of the city life and in an environment surrounded of fruit trees, nature and good wine. They produce only reserva wine. More information

FEATURED HOTEL - RESTAURANT

EL BOSC in Banyeres del Penedes

Hotel and Restaurant EL BOSC is a place dedicated to bring you closer to the land of Penedes. Susan and Jordi, the managers of El Bosc, are wonderful people that take pleasure in every guest that comes and enjoy their food and their hospitality. The hotel is small, and it is located in the middle of a forest, (Bosc means forest in Catalan). It has a few comfortable rooms and a great restaurant with local food and very high quality fresh ingredients. Their specialty is meat roasted in the grill served in a hot slate stone. Their wine list is quite good with local and Spanish references. Jordi will be always very pleased to advise you with your wine selection.More information

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