April 2005 - Vol 12
VINTAGE SPAIN NEWSLETTER. Wine tasting tours in Spain
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The New Spain Wine
Tour with the famous Spanish
wine specialists and writer John Radford
is ready. The tour was named to celebrate
his new published book "The
New Spain". John is one of the
most respected wine critics in the world and
a recognized expert in Spanish wine. We are
sure it will be an unforgettable experience.
We also present active bike
wine tours again.
We want to introduce you to one of the more
historical wineries in Rioja: R.
Lopez de Heredia. And tell you
about Destino Vino,
a big festival in wine tourism in Rioja. As
usual we have the scheduled tours for 2005
and our agenda for the rest of the season.
can also email us to
use this email address to send us suggestions,
comments, complains, contributions, etc.
September 18- 25. THE NEW SPAIN WINE TOUR WITH JOHN RADFORD - Rioja, Ribera del Duero, Toro, Cigales and Rueda
New Spain Wine Tour, designed and
hosted by John
Radford and Vintage Spain is
ready. John is one of the most respected
wine critics in the world, an extraordinary
wine writer, journalist and speaker and
a recognized expert in Spanish wines. To
celebrate the publication of his two new
books, "The New Spain" and "The
Wines from Rioja", we decided to organize
a tour that reflects its spirit. It is a
tour for wine lovers, to have a real life
experience of what is going on in Spain
now, with the privilege of being led by
a wine expert like John Radford.
tour includes seven days of wine touring.
We will visit the wine regions of Rioja,
Ribera del Duero, Toro, Rueda, and Cigales
including some of the new independent wineries
outside the Denomination of Origin system.
John will personally pick the wineries to
provide a good picture of the new Spain.
Winery visits will be private and exclusive,
led by wine makers and winery owners with
the opportunity to have interesting and
animated wine tastings and discussions with
them. But the tour offers more than wine.
Spanish culture, art and history will be
appreciated during visits to selected sites.
We’ll enjoy the famous Spanish gastronomy
either in wineries or in traditional and
modern restaurants. An optional cooking
class will be offered. Plus there will be
plenty of opportunities for shopping.
is limited to only 20 people. Check
the page of the tour for more info
A Complete Guide to Contemporary Spanish
Wine. Published by Mitchell Beazley,
WINES OF RIOJA.
Published by Mitchell Beazley Classic
Wine Series, Nov 2004.
LOPEZ DE HEREDIA - VIÑA TODONIA.
D.O.C. Rioja. Haro
in 1877 this winery is one of the
historical wineries in Rioja, even
more, it represents history in Rioja.
It still is an authentic family
winery, where the third generation
of descendants of Don Rafael Lopez
de Heredia is in charge of running
the winery. They produce, among
other wines, the famous Viña
Tondonia, one of the great classical
Riojan wines, using the same traditional
methods they used 120 years ago.
They are also one of the few wineries
still producing aged white wines.
New Spain with John
Radford- Rioja, Ribera del Duero,
Toro, Cigales and Rueda, 7 nights. Sep 18-25
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.
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
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
30-May 2, 2005. 10th
Wine Fair DO Priorat. Falset (Cataluña)
-May 1-8, 2005. Jerez Horse
Fair in Jerez de la Frontera.
-May 9-12, 2005.
FENAVIN National Wine Fair in Ciudad
Riberexpo 13 Muestra del Vino from DO
Ribera del Duero, Peñafiel (Valladolid).
- June 3-5, 2005.
II International Wine Symposium in Marbella.
- June 20-23, 2005.
FEGAMED II Mediterranean Gastronomic
Fair in Malaga.
Don Quixote IV Centenary
BIKE WINE TOURS THROUGH THE VINEYARDS
with hotel Villa de Abalos.
May 13-15, June 10-12 and upon request
are beautiful in spring, making
it the perfect time to enjoy an
active weekend in Rioja, biking
through the vineyards, visiting
wineries and having a wonderful
picnic in the countryside.
DESTINO VINO. First International
Wine Tourism Show. Logroño
(Rioja) April 21-24
celebration of Destino Vino, the
first International Wine Tourism
Show celebrated in Rioja, shows
how the importance in wine tourism
is steadily growing in Spain. It
is a promotional event for the whole
of wine tourism available: local,
national and international. The
event had two different parts: A
symposium aimed at professionals
from the tourist sector and promoters
of the main Spanish and international
destinations that want to develop
wine as a tourist attraction. And
a thematic exhibition, tastings
and a wide range of fascinating
activities related to wine tourism
which are open to the general public
over the weekend.
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.