January 2005 - Vol 9
VINTAGE SPAIN NEWSLETTER. Wine tasting tours in Spain
NEW YEAR FOR WINE TOURISM
2005 starts with very good perspectives for
wine tourism. After some years experience,
we have seen a growing general interest in
wine tourism, both in travelers and business.
We can find more wineries opening their doors
for visitors, hotels preparing wine related
activities and restaurants offering wine and
food match menus.
feel very enthusiastic and looking forward
to offer new things, like introducing a new
wine region in our program with a tour to
Our recommendations are very unique,
a pioneer winery in La Mancha, and a luxury
wine hotel, Hacienda
Zorita in Salamanca. There is
also a new section: SPANISH
RECIPES courtesy of prestigious
chefs, in this case Raúl Vaquerizo
from Rincón del Olivar in Valladolid.
And, finally, we have the scheduled tours
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WINES IN JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA from SEVILLA
Sherry wines from Andalucía are some
of the most unfamiliar in Spain, although
they are wines with a lot of history, mystery
and a very interesting production process.
To get to know them better we suggest this
trip to Jerez, a wonderful historical town.
The first stop will be a vineyard to learn
where these wines come from and the factors
that affect its quality. It will follow
the visit to a spectacular bodega
or winery with a complete explanation of
the wine production process, including also
how Sherry brandy and Sherry vinegar are
made. The visit won’t be completed
without a tutored tasting of the different
wines, sherry, fino, amontillado,
brandy and even vinegar. Then you will visit
a small family bodega where you
will taste different fine wines. Both tastings
include special wines not usually available
for the general public. The comparison between
such different bodegas provides a very good
picture of Sherry wine production. Lunch
will be in one of the best restaurants of
Jerez, with local traditional dishes paired
with excellent Sherry wines. This
tour can be specially designed for corporate
(Picture courtesy of C.R. D.O. Jerez , Manzanilla
and Vinagre de Jerez)
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FEATURED WINE HOTEL
in Valverdón (Salamanca)
Zorita is a beautiful wine hotel
in the Duero Valley 10Km from Salamanca.
This is the first wine state hacienda
in the group Haciendas de
España and they
really have managed to get the old
hacienda spirit, a comfortable
place to share and enjoy gastronomy,
art, tranquility and nature accompanied
by good wine. There is also a private
chapel, a nature reserve and an
aging cellar prepared for wine related
activities including guided visits
and wine tasting.
Wine and Don Quixote. La Mancha
and Toledo, 3 days/2nights. May 11-13.
- Wine and Cava.
Penedés and Priorat, 3 days/2 nights.
June 21-23, September 7-9
Wine tradition. Rioja,
4 days/3 nights. June 14-17, Sep
Wine, Art and History.
Ribera de Duero, 3days/2 nights. June 1-3,
Spanish Wine Experience
- Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Toledo, 6
nights. June 6-12, Sep 19-25
Classical Wines, Rioja
and Ribera, 4 days/3 nights. 17-20 May,
28 Jun-1 Jul, 30 Aug-2 Sep, 2-5 Oct
Schedule and itineraries
you are interested in different dates, please
let us know. Tours are open all year upon
Vintage Spain can help you attending any
of these events
-January 18-20, 2005.
Madrid-Fusión III Cumbre Internacional
de Gastronomía. Madrid
-January 26-30. Fitur.
International Tourism Fair. Madrid
-February 25 - March 9, 2005.
IX Jerez Festival, Flamenco.
5-8. Fevino. North West Wine Fair.
-March 24-27. Easter Week
Festivities in many Spanish towns, Sevilla,
Granada, Valladolid, Toledo
-May 1-8, 2005. Jerez Horse
Fair in Jerez de la Frontera.
- May 9-12, 2005.
FENAVIN National Wine Fair in Ciudad
Don Quixote IV Centenary
Cycle of Wine
in Hotel Villa de Abalos.
Feb 4-6 and March 4-6
Campo de Criptana (Ciudad
winery inaugurated in 2003 is located
in a restored XIX century wine cellar.
It represents modernity and renovation
in the center of the traditional
region of La Mancha. With this combination
of technology and tradition they
are making excellent wines that
can be tasted by anybody who travels
in the land of Don Quixote and wants
to visit the winery.
Program VINADEMUS. Wine
course in the winery, Jan 21-22
RAUL VAQUERIZO. Restaurant El
Rincón del Olivar
Sweetbreads glazed with Baby Broad
Beans and Pine Nuts, Soy, Arbequina
Olive Oil, Turnip Tempura and Raspberry
de Cordero glaseadas con Habitas
y Piñones, Soja, Arbequina,
Tempura de Nabo y caramelo de Vinagre
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enjoy, articles about cities related to wine, interesting
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and like the places and establishments we recommend, this
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very much your opinion. They are all very open and friendly
with wine lovers and most are out of the tourist track.