March 2009 - Vol 35


VINTAGE SPAIN NEWSLETTER. Gourmet Wine Tasting Tours in Spain
WINE TOURS IN EASTER AND TRADITIONAL SPAIN

Easter, April 9-12, it is a great time to visit Spain and enjoy its wine, food and traditions. Almost all Spanish towns will have some Easter celebration and processions; some are really famous and impressive, like the ones in Sevilla, Toledo, Valladolid or Zamora, most of them in the middle of a wine area. You can combine this with a wine tour and taste some of the typical Easter food.

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 and with 20% discount if you book now.

This time we recommend wineries and hotels from regions where you can also enjoy Easter traditions. Like Ribera del Duero with the winery Prado de Olmedo and the charming rural toursim center wine spa Lavida. Another really interesting winery is Guelbenzu in Navarra. The perfect boutique hotel to explore the Toro region and see some of the most striking Easter processions can be found in Zamora, hotel Melia Horus. And a great restaurant in Madrid, El Coso in Retiro Park area

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

SEMI-GUIDED GOURMET WINE TASTING VACATIONS - 20% OFF BOOKING NOW

SomontanoFor 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. 20% OFF BOOKING NOW, MENTION THAT YOU SHOW IT IN THE NEWSLETTER.

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FEATURED WINERIES

BODEGA PRADO DE OLMEDO in Quintana del Pidio (Burgos)- DO Ribera del Duero
Bodegas Prado de Olmedo is located in the heart of Ribera del Duero, in Quintana del Pidio. Their wines take the name from the Monasterio de San Miguel, celebrating the history of the village and the fundamental monastic contribution to viticulture: the monks were the first ones to plant vineyards in this area. More information

BODEGAS GUELBENZU in Cascante (Navarra)- DO Navarra
The Guelbenzu family has been making wine all their life. Now they have three wineries: one in Cascante, Navarra over 150 year old, another modern one only 10 Km away from Cascante, in Vierlas, Aragon and the last one in Chile. You can visit the wineries in Cascnate and Vierlas since they are so close by enjoy the contrast between them, and their great hospitality. 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


- Tapas tours in Madrid

Tour samples and itineraries
Tours are open all year upon request. Please contact us
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AGENDA

Vintage Spain can help you attending any of these events

- 30 March- 2 April 2009: XXIII Salón Internacional Club de Gourmets in Madrid

- 3-5 April, V International Valencia Tourism Fair , in Valencia

-April 8 -12. Easter Week in different Spanish towns: Sevilla, Cordoba, Toledo, Valladolid, Zamora ...

- 22-23 April 2009:
Women and Wines of the World International Competition. Mónaco

-26-28 April, Vinoelite in Valencia

-29 April - 3 May. Feria de los Sabores, Alcazar de San Juan

-5-7 May 2009. Fenavin, Feria Nacional del Vino in Ciudad Real


- 16-18 May. Riberexpo in Penafiel (Valladolid)

FEATURED HOTELS

MELIA HORUS ZAMORA in Zamora - Toro
The Meliá Horus Zamora Boutique Hotel is located in the historical center of Zamora, next to the pedestrian and shopping area. This is a boutique hotel, in a restored noble house, very comfortable and convenient to visit the wineries in Toro region, which are less than a half hour away. More information

HOTEL WINE SPA LAVIDA in Aldeayuso (Valladolid) - DO Ribera del Duero
This bed and breakfast style lodging, WINE SPA LAVIDA is an innovative and unique project in Ribera del Duero. It is a place to find quietness, wellness and peace through wine-therapy. The hotel has comfortable rooms, an excellent restaurant, wine tasting and meeting facilities; all of them with Feng-Shui design. More information

RESTAURANT

EL COSO in Madrid.
El Coso is located in the Retiro Park area, (Sainz de Baranda metro stop), in an area very interesting in for food lovers, with plenty of restaurants and tapas bars. El Coso also has a bar with great tapas. Perfect if you want an experience out of the most touristic areas. Don’t be intimidated for the bullfight decoration, you won't find many tourist here, mostly locals. And their food and customer service are the best (average price 40 euros).

Their food is creative and modern with traditional foundation, and the presentation of the dishes can be spectacular when they are finished at the table. They have a pretty good wine menu and excellent wines by the glass in the bar and at the table. More information

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