October 2008 - Vol 32


VINTAGE SPAIN NEWSLETTER. Gourmet Wine Tasting Tours in Spain
FALL IN SPANISH WINE COUNTRY

Harvest is over, wine is being made in the wineries and this is a great time to visit the wine country. You can taste the wine in different stages of the process, from the deposit, before the malolactic fermentation, after the malolactic, from the barrel, and of course from the bottle. 2008 has been a difficult year, lots of rain in Spain, and wineries needed to work extra hard to get the level of wine excellence they want.

We want to offer customized private tours before we post some scheduled tours for 2009 in January. All tours are available upon request, you can check our web page to get ideas.

This time we recommend wineries and hotels in less known wine regions, Somontano, Penedes amd Priorat. Olvena in Somontano and Jean Leon in Penedes are our selected modern wineries. And charming hotels to get lost in style: El Privilegio de Tena in the Pyrennes and Heredad de Mas Collet in Priorat. Also a historical cellar from the 15th century in Aranda de Duero, Bodega Don Carlos.

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

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HARVEST TOURS

Private Customized Gourmet Wine Tours

Our exclusive Gourmet Wine Tours can be customized just for your group to experience the authentic sabor and aroma of Spain.

We can arrange private gourmet wine tours or rutas de vino all year upon request in the main wine regions in Spain, Rioja, Ribera del Duero, Toledo, La Mancha, Penedés, Priorato, Toro, Galicia, Jerez and Andalucía, etc. Explore all aspects of Spanish wine, from types of grapes used and how to grow them, to the secrets of wine tasting, while enjoying Spanish gastronomy, art, history, culture and some time for shopping. We want you to experience the real Spain, and create for you an authentic tour that will show you the breathtaking beauty of this country and its delicious wines and food, in large towns or small medieval towns. We can arrange a private tour to these regions for any group size: large groups or just two people.

We have selected a variety of wineries, long-established, traditional, modern, and ecological ones, to give you a good knowledge of the wine of the region. All the visits to bodegas include wine tasting or cata. Wine and food are both protagonists in our gourmet meals. We use specialized local guides and hotels with a special charm. You can check our proposed itineraries to start getting ideas Our gourmet tours are available upon request.

These tours are also perfect for corporate events and incentive trips. Meetings, product presentations, meals etc can be organized in some of these wineries.

FEATURED WINERIES

OLVENA in Barbastro (Huesca) - DO Somontano
OLVENA is a young family owned winery located in the foot hills of the Aragonese Pyrenees. OLVENA is one of the wineries with most presence within the D.O. of Somontano and it is committed to being at the cutting edge, not only in viticulture and wine making, but also in design and wine quality and attention to visitors.
See more information

JEAN LEON in Torrelavit (Barcelona), DO Penedés
The visit to Jean Leon gives you the chance to learn and discover its story, enjoying an excellent landscape and tasting prestigious wines. Today as always, the Jean Leon winery continues faithful to the dictates of its founder and bases its work on quality, tradition, and continual experimentation with the aim of producing superior wines, year after year. 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

- 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

- 28-30 Oct. Salon Millesime in Madrid.

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

- 8 Nov. Fiesta Mayor in Porrera and Priorat wine tasting in Porrera (Tarragona)

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

- Jan 19-22. Madrid Fusión 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 HOTELS AND RESTAURANT

PLACES TO GET LOST

We want to show you two charming hotels to get lost and enjoy the nature, good wine and great food. Privilegio de Tena in Huesca, very close to the Pyrenees and Somontano wine region, and Heredad de Mas Collet overlooking the Priorat vineyards from the top of a hill.

El Privilegio de Tena **** in Tramacastilla de Tena (Huesca)
The foundation of the Privilegio de Tena hotel dates back to the sturdy walls of an old abbey built in 1470, which were subsequently employed to construct an ancestral house, integrated and designed to comply with the Pyrenean architecture. The hotel has been designed for your enjoyment and tranquility. You will also find services such as spa, restaurant, cellar, internet, parking and meeting rooms. See more information

Mas Collet **** in Capcanes (Tarragona) - D.O.C. Priorato
The Mas Collet Hotel is located at the heart of the Priorat wine region, just 3 Km from the town of Capcanes and 7 Km from Falset. The four walls of this old Catalonian country home, or masía, hide magical nooks tucked away where you can simply enjoy the passage of time in their wonderfully decorated rooms designed to offer the utmost comfort and well-being. See more information

SPECIAL RECCOMENDATION
HISTORICAL CELLAR DON CARLOS in Aranda del Duero 
The historical Cellar Don Carlos from XV century, is an underground cellar located in the center of Aranda de Duero. They offer guided visits, commented wine tasting and all wine activities in the cellar. It is also a wine shop, with a large selection of Ribera del Duero Wines. More information


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