October 2007- Vol 26


VINTAGE SPAIN NEWSLETTER. Gourmet Wine Tasting Tours in Spain
IDEAS FOR THE FALL IN THE WINE REGIONS

2007 harvest has been difficult because of weather conditions, with wineries working extra hard to get the level of wine excellence they want. But now the hardest work is almost over and it is a great time for visits. Wineries are not as busy and you can get the feeling of the wine making process tasting the wine in its different states, and experiencing the aromas of fermentation.

For independent travelers we suggest Semi-Guided Gourmet Wine Tours. You can rent a car (driving is not difficult in Spain) and we plan the trip for you. We provide local transport and a guide for the wine tours, since we don't encourage drinking and driving. Available upon request.

This month we feature a very interesting hotel with a magnificent restaurant Cal Llop in Priorat and a golf hotel in the middle of wine country of Penedés, Barcelo Montserrat. And of course two wineries, Briego in Ribera del Duero and Heredad Ugarte in Rioja.

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FEATURED TOURS

SEMI-GUIDED GOURMET WINE TASTING VACATIONS.

For independent travelers we suggest Semi-Guided Gourmet Wine Tours. You can rent a car (driving is not difficult in Spain) and we plan the trip for you. We provide local transport and a guide for the days with wine tours, since we don't encourage drinking and driving. You will have some days on your own and some days with a chauffeured guided wine tour.

These tours are an excellent choice for people who want to have the freedom of traveling on their own, seeing the Spanish countryside and deciding how they want to spend their own time, but, at the same time, they want some expert planning, the confidence of having telephone assistance and they do not want to risk a wonderful wine day with problems caused by drinking and driving.

We customize the tour according to your preferences, and we make all the necessary travel arrangements like hotel and restaurant reservations. We will send you a detailed itinerary with directions and suggestions to enjoy your Spanish Wine Experience. You can also include other activities like commented wine tasting, cooking classes, golf, bicycling, horse riding or hiking. These tours can start anywhere in Spain and the duration is up to you, the most popular is our 4 days/3 night tour to Ribera del Duero and Rioja from Madrid. Check our samples
These tours are just for you so they are available upon request.

In the picture, wine tasting form the barrel in the cellar of Arar winery in Rioja. See more information about our tours

FEATURED WINERIES

BRIEGO in Fompedraza, Ribera del Duero

Winemaking has always been a tradition in the village of Fompedraza, and the Benito Hernando brothers have recovered this tradition from their father. They have called their project of fight and illusion Briego. Their passion is transmitted in their wine and of course, in the visit to their winery. More information 

HEREDAD UGARTE in Paganos, Rioja

Founded in 1957, this is another family winery where the Ugarte family and their team have fostered a spirit of workmanship that is the essence of their philosophy. Their interest for quality and service can be found in their wines and the way they treat their visitors. More information 

PROPOSED TOURS


- Customized Private Tours. We organize tours in RIOJA, RIBERA DEL DUERO, TORO, LA MANCHA, PENEDES, PRIORAT, south of Spain. etc, for groups or individuals.

-One Day trips

- Cultural, tapas and wine tours, cooking classes and wine tastings in different Spanish cities

- Active wine: golf, bike, hike, etc

- Corporate events

2007 Schedule and itineraries
Tours are open all year upon request. Please contact us
info@vintagespain.com

AGENDA

Vintage Spain can help you attending any of these events

- Oct 27, Jan 19, Feb. 2. Wine Tasting courses in Bodega Doña Felisa in Ronda.

- Nov 8-11.
Orujo Festival in Potes (Cantabria)

- Nov 19-22. IX Congress Lo Mejor de la Gastronomia in San Sebastian

- Nov 13-15. Iberwine in Madrid


- Photography Exhibition in different wineries Finca Valpiedra, López Heredia and bodegas Roda

- Jan 21-24. Madrid Fusion in Madrid

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 HOTEL and RESTAURANT

CAL LLOP in Gratallops, Priorat - Cataluña

Cal Llop (the Wolf's Den) is a unique hotel in Gratallops in the Priorat region - where ancient stone, wood and iron are mixed with the latest of modern design and technologies. Their beautifully decorated hotel has also a wonderful restaurant, one of the best places to eat in Priorato. Creative cuisine with regional influence. Excellent ingredients, cooked with an amazing good taste both for your mouth and for your eyes. A place not to miss in this region. More information

FEATURED GOLF HOTEL

BARCELO MONTSERRAT in Penedés - Cataluña

Located in Sant Esteve Sesrovires, 25 minutes from Barcelona, in natural surroundings between the Mediterranean sea and the mountains of Montserrat. Hotel Barcelo Montserrat has been recently built in the modernist style typical of the Penedés region. Highly recommended for all those who enjoy playing golf, with a golf complex designed by José María Olazábal. It also has a SPA and a fitness center. More information

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