February 2005 - Vol 10

VINTAGE SPAIN NEWSLETTER. Wine tasting tours in Spain

February is usually a month for planning the trips of the year. Although for the people who come to do a winter wine tour it is exceptionally nice, it is quiet, people in the wineries are relaxed and they have time to share with visitors.

Classical Wines in Rioja and Ribera del Duero is one of our new scheduled tours. Our recommendations this month are in the regions of the tour, the top winery Fernando Remírez de Ganuza one of the most prestigious in Rioja, and an excellent local restaurant, El Lagar de San Vicente in Peñafiel (Valladolid). We are also very happy to introduce you to Viajes y Vinos, our representative in the Caribbean market. And we have the scheduled tours for 2005 and our agenda for the rest of the season.

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May 17- 20. CLASSICAL WINES - Rioja and Ribera del Duero. From Madrid

This tour is perfect for people who want to experience Spanish wine and Spanish culture. It includes visits to wineries in the two most important regions for Spanish wines: Ribera del Duero and Rioja.The tour will also take you through the history and art of Spain, from the 2000 year old Roman Aqueduct in Segovia to the new Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, including monasteries, cathedrals and historical sites that will be visited and admired.

Short and sweet, spend four days and three nights to immerse into the Spanish culture, wine and gastronomy, stay in small towns home of winemakers, and eat with the locals, in the typical places not frequented by tourist and in the very good places, popular with everybody. And, of course, enjoy the best wines of Spain, comparing such different regions as the modernity and innovation of Ribera del Duero with the tradition of Rioja. This tour can be specially designed for corporate events.

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This is definitely one of the most prestigious wineries in Rioja. Located in the heart of the Rioja, it produces some of the most nationally and internationally recognized Spanish wines. Selection in all aspects of winemaking process allows Fernando to get exceptional complex and elegant wines from the best grapes. Modern Rioja wines full bodied and with structure with the potential to be enjoyed for years to come. The winery was founded in 1989 and since then there has been non stop innovation, with a perfect combination of technology and tradition. One of our favourite wines.

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- 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 13-16

- Wine, Art and History. Ribera de Duero, 3days/2 nights. June 1-3, September 28-30

- 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

-One Day trips from Madrid (Ribera de Duero and La Mancha), from Barcelona (Wine and Cava in Penedés) and from Sevilla (Jerez o Sanlucar). All year upon request

2005 Schedule and itineraries
If you are interested in different dates, please let us know. Tours are open all year upon request.


Vintage Spain can help you attending any of these events

-February 25 - March 9, 2005. IX Jerez Festival, Flamenco.

-March 5-8. Fevino. North West Wine Fair. La Coruña

-March 24-27. Easter Week Festivities in many Spanish towns, Sevilla, Granada, Valladolid, Toledo

-April 21-24. 1st International Wine Tourism Show, "DestinoVino". Logroño (La Rioja)

-May 1-8, 2005. Jerez Horse Fair in Jerez de la Frontera.

- May 9-12, 2005. FENAVIN National Wine Fair in Ciudad Real.

- 2005. Don Quixote IV Centenary


PRUNING. Annual Cycle of Wine in Hotel Villa de Abalos. March 4-6

EL LAGAR DE SAN VICENTE - Peñafiel (Valladolid)

This restaurant asador is located in an old cave-cellar underneath the castle of Peñafiel. Serving traditional food, the menu has a lot of items to choose from, but their specialty is lamb roasted in a wood fired oven, as Spanish people say lechazo asado, that comes perfectly cooked and served with salad.The wine menu is basically dedicated to Riberas with quite reasonable prices.

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VIAJES Y VINOS wine tours for the Caribbean Market

Viajes y Vinos are our representatives in the Caribbean, and we are just celebrating our first year of partnership. They promote wine tourism and gastronomy as a vacational experience by representing companies specialized in the area, and the coordination of other services related to wine and culinary tourism. They also develop special marketing, promotion and communication projects for products and services related to wine, travel and gastronomy. You can contact them in www.viajesyvinos.com or info@viajesyvinos.com

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.

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. They are all very open and friendly with wine lovers and most are out of the tourist track.

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