June 2008 - Vol 30


VINTAGE SPAIN NEWSLETTER. Gourmet Wine Tasting Tours in Spain
HARVEST RIOJA TOUR AND GOURMET TEAM BUILDING

This month we have different proposals for the summer and even some ideas for the autumn. We have a large range of tours, from yoga to an exciting Rioja wine tour in September in harvest time. We also have a proposal for gourmet team building activities for companies and incentives.

Although summer is time for going to the beach, you will find some ideas to add the wine to your holidays and in different regions. Relax and Health in Rioja: Spa-Vinothérapie® Caudalie in Marqués de Riscal and Yoga in a winery. Wineries such as Pares Baltá in Penedés (next to the beach) and Regina Viarum in Galicia in Rias Baixas (next to the Sil canyons). A hotel in Ribera del Duero: Hotel Convento Las Claras, with an excellent restaurant and SPA.

Do not forget to have a look to our agenda, with a lot of activities to enjoy wine and gastronomy in Spain.

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FEATURED TOURS
SEPTEMBER 25-28, 2008. RIOJA GOURMET WINE TOUR.

Special tour combining Wine, Gastronomy, Architecture and Art. This time Vintage Spain welcomes you to experience the Energy coming from Harvest Time in Rioja. The fields are filled with the vines full of grapes, fruits ready for being picked up, a precious gift form Earth to indulge our own fields of energy. We will feel the freshness of the moment, the joy from the farmers and the given disposition of the soil. Something you cannot miss. We have been working on the "Harvest Tour" itinerary to make it special. Lodging is in an antique convent from the 14th century fully renovated and a modern - convenient hotel in Logroño located strategically in the center of the city. Please check out the itinerary, it´s been prepared thinking of you, to make sure you have a great experience, your comfort and the well-being state coming from this time of the year in La Rioja. The tour starts in Bilbao and finishes in Logroño, covering Rioja and Bilbao. (It is possible to start in different towns upon request). Download PDF program

WINE AND YOGA IN SUMMER AND FALL

July, 26th. Wine and Yoga in Rioja. After last year success we continue with yoga sessions in wineries. The first session in in the Riojan winery Baigorri, where we will have a yoga session followed by a winery visit and lunch in the winery, vegetarian menu available. September and October dates to be published soon. Please check with us for more information. info@vintagespain.com

CORPORATE FUN WINE TEAM BUILDING - GOURMET GYMKHANA

We suggest corporate team building activities based in wine, gastronomy and above all: FUN. From wine tasting, cooking classes and wine pairing meals to gourmet gymkhanas, that combine all the above with contests, games and healthy competition. It is possible to develop this activities in most of the Spanish cities, and in the most interesting venues, like wineries, museums, historical buildings, hotels, etc. The Gourmet Gymkhana is the perfect plan for this group activities, where everybody will interact and have a great time. Perfect for corporate events.

Our gourmet tours are available upon request. See more information about our tours

FEATURED WINERIES


PARÉS BALTÁ
in Pacs del Penedés
With over seventy years in the wine business they are still a family winery that combines perfectly tradition with technology. Nowadays they elaborate very high quality both still and sparkling wines and they are very happy to receive visitors to see the winery and taste the wine in situ. GRATAVINUM is their winery in Priorat. See more information

Regina Viarum in Doade, Galicia - Ribeira Sacra
R
egina Viarum is the name that Romans gave their main road: via Apia or Imperial Road. This winery is at the heart of the Ribeira Sacra, in the Amandi subzone, which represents the essence of a single land that gives the grape unique qualities. Besides their wonderful wines, this winery is worth a visit for its amazing views of the Sil river and the vineyards in terraces. They produce white and red wines from the native varieties of mencia and godello. See 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

Tour samples 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

- June, July and August. En Clave de Pago, in Pago del Vicario winery in Ciudad Real, every Thursday dinner and music under the stars.

-June and July, Noches de Ocio Solidario
in Castiblanque winery in Campo de Criptana (Ciudad Real), music concerts and theater on Fridays.


-June 29. San Pedro Festival in Haro and BATALLA DEL VINO.

-July 4-6. ViJazz Penedes in Vilafrance del Penedes (Barcelona)

-Sep 10-Oct 11. XV Bienal de Flamenco Sevilla 2008


- Sep 18-21 .
V International Fair of Cultural Tourism, in Málaga

- 31 Oct - 2 Nov. Expogalaecia in Vigo. International Tourism Fair

- 28-30 Nov. ChocoMad. I Chocolate Fair in Madrid

FEATURED HOTEL, SPA AND RESTAURANT

CONVENTO LAS CLARAS **** in Peñafiel (Valladolid) - D.O. Ribera del Duero
Hotel Convento las Claras is a four star hotel located in the historic centre of Peñafiel, cradle of the Ribera de Duero. This exclusive establishment is the ideal place to combine days of leisure and work with other activities such as winery visits, cultural visits, sports, and beauty and health treatments in its SPA. They also have a great restaurant that offers traditional based cuisine with a modern touch. See more information

SPECIAL RECCOMENDATION

Spa-Vinothérapie® Caudalie - Marques de Riscal in Elciego (Alava) - D.O.C. Rioja

Discover the exclusive treatments by Caudalie Vinotherapie in the City of Wine Marques de Riscal with the exclusive hotel, by Franck O. Gehry. A tranquil oasis that would lift your spirits and where beauty, luxury, and pleasure prevail. The lush landscape of the vines as far as the eye can see is already an invitation to well-being. We want to remind you that the SPA is open to the general public, reservations are needed. See more information

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