Vintage Spain

May 2004 - Vol 1

VINTAGE SPAIN NEWSLETTER. Wine tasting tours in Spain

We are starting a monthly newsletter related with wine tourism, wine travel and wine tours in Spain. We would like to do something that you find interesting and possibly useful, this is why we ask you to send us your suggestions and comments to tell us what you would like to see in this newsletter and what you don't like. We are going to start slowly because we don't want to bore people from the beginning

Every month we want to offer a special tour and to recommend at least a hotel, a winery to visit and a restaurant or another special wine related activity. 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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Barcelona Departure

This tour is the perfect complement for you Barcelona vacation. The Penedes region is only forty five minutes away from Barcelona but there is a dramatic contrast between them, from the big city to the rural area. The landscape is spectacular, sea and mountains, with small towns on top of the rolling hills, farms, beautiful vineyards at this time of the year, and the great amount of bodegas - wineries. On top of that, people are very kind and hospitable and food is fabulous. You can find the modern and innovative gastronomy that is giving Cataluña world recognition, side by side with traditional dishes. And of course we have the wineries, some of them real architectural jewels, where sparkling wine called cava here and still wines, both white and red, are produced. Although the Penedes region is well known in Spain because of the cava production, very good wine is produced here as well and a lot of wineries successfully elaborate both still and sparkling wine. One shouldn’t forget that this is the home of Torres winery one or the largest Spanish wine producers. We will of course visit Torres, as well as some of the other big ones, like Codorniu or Freixenet. We will also visit some small family wineries like Pares Balta or Can Feixes, both producers of wine and cava.

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PALACIO DE LOS SERRANO - (Ribera del Duero)

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

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Vintage Spain can help you attending any of these event

In May
- 12th Edition of Riberexpo May 15-17, Peñafiel (Valladolid)

- VINOBLE May 26-29, Cádiz

In June
- 1st International Wine Symposium June 4 and 5, Marbella

- Wine Day. June 12 and 13. Open doors day in lots of wineries in Spain.

- Gastronomic Mediterranean Fair. June 11-15, Málaga


- June 6-13. Monasteries and wineries. Rioja, Ribera del Duero, Avila and Toledo. 8 days/7 nights.

- June 14-16. Wine and Cava in Penedés, 3 days/2 nights.

- June 15-18. Wine tradition in Rioja, 4 days/3 nights.

- June 27-30. Wine, Art and History in Ribera de Duero, 4 days/3 nights.

- July 14-20. Spanish Wine Experience - Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Toledo, 6 nights.

- 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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HNOS. PEREZ PASCUAS - (Ribera del Duero)

This is one of our favorite wineries because of its wines of course, but also because of its extreme hospitality. They are some of the first ones to embrace wine tourism in Ribera del Duero by opening their winery to all visitors. A modern family winery where tradition is combined with the most modern technology with the objective of the regular production of elegant fine wines.

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EL CONDE in Ollauri - Rioja

Open in the summer of 2003, the restaurant is located in the cellar that the Paternina winery owns in Ollauri, close to Haro, the wine capital of Rioja. This cellar with amazing caves can be visited by appointment if you are going to use the restaurant services. The restaurant offers delicious food where traditional Riojan dished share the menu with modern and innovative specialties.

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