Vintage Spain

August 2004 - Vol 4


VINTAGE SPAIN NEWSLETTER. Wine tasting tours in Spain

This time we want to recommend something different, rural lodgings that are wine oriented, ideal for people traveling on a budget. In Spain we have the concept of casas rurales or rural houses. These are small establishments located in small towns that are not recognized as hotels. Something like a bed and breakfast or a country inn. The ones we present here are located in wine towns and they are specially nice and comfortable. Although they do not have all the amenities of a hotel, they have a special charm and they give you an opportunity to have a different experience in your trip to Spain.

This month our featured top tour is the one day tour from Madrid to Ribera del Duero.

We know and like the places and establishments we recommend, this is why we can talk about them and also why we would appreciate very much your opinion about them. They are all very open and friendly with wine lovers and most are out of the tourist track.

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FEATURED TOUR

ONE DAY WINE TOUR TO RIBERA DEL DUERO from Madrid

2004 SUMMER SPECIAL DEPARTURES: FRIDAYS DURING AUGUST and SEPTEMBER

Two winery visits with wine tasting, traditional lunch with wine, visit a historical site in a town protected by a castle, transport to and from Madrid. (From 9.00 am to 8.00 pm, approximate duration 9 h)

We will always try to combine two different style wineries, modern with traditional or small family-owned with larger producers. We will be given a comprehensive tour of one of the wineries, visiting the facilities and being guided through the process and secrets of wine making, from the grape to the bottle. After the visits enjoy a well deserved lunch trying the traditional and famous roasted lamb of Ribera, perfect companion for the Ribera wine. Lunch will be a three course meal with wine and coffee fnv fvn fusually in a winery or a winery – restaurant. After lunch we will enjoy some of the history of Castilla.

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FEATURED LODGINGS

PALACIO DE LOS SERRANO- Ribera del Duero

Located in a wonderful small town two hours away from Madrid, Palacio de los Serrano is a genuine charming casa rural. It is a restored neoclassic noble house from XVIII century with monument category. The house has a stone facade and the inside full of light where the feeling of comfort and spaciousness are priority. See more

CASA RURAL EL AGAPIO- Ribera del Duero

El Agapio is located in an old farming house built in the second half of the XVII century, restored keeping all its traditional charm. It has seven comfortable and cozy rooms with private bathroom, living room with fireplace, library, patio, and a great restaurant. It is located in Olivares de Duero, a small town in the west part of Ribera del Duero. See more

CASA RURAL EL MESÓN- Rioja

This house is located in Briones, a town very well situated in the road that goes from Haro to Logroño, in an old tavern. This is a perfect place to spend some days exploring Rioja and visiting wineries. Its seven rooms are spacious and comfortable and they all have private bathroom. See more

 

WINE ACTIVITIES


VILLA LUCIA
Wine Thematic Center in Laguardia - Rioja Alavesa
www.villa-lucia.com

E mail: museo@villa-lucia.com

An innovative and surprising interactive museum designed to enjoy, taste and spread the culture of wine.


WINE MUSEUM AND CASTLE OF PEÑAFIEL

www.museodelvinodevalladolid.es

The castle of Peñafiel is now the location of a Wine Museum.

SCHEDULED TOURS


- One day wine tours to Ribera from Madrid. Special summer departures during June, July, August and Sep.

- September 3-8. Classical Wines, Rioja and Ribera, 5 nights.

- September 19-25. Spanish Wine Experience - Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Toledo, 6 nights.

Full 2004 Schedule and itineraries
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FEATURED WINERY

PARÉS BALTÁ - (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.

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