May 2005 - Vol 13

VINTAGE SPAIN NEWSLETTER. Wine tasting tours in Spain

Spring brings very pretty vineyards, long days and nice weather, perfect for a wine tour. Check out our suggestions in

For those of you who want to travel in September we have two scheduled tours: Classical Wines in Rioja and Ribera del Duero and our most complete one The New Spain Wine Tour with the famous Spanish wine specialists and writer John Radford 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 recommend three wineries belonging to the Codorniu: Legaris, modernity in Ribera del Duero; Bodegas Bilbaínas, a historical of Rioja; and of course, Cavas Codorníu in Penedés. Codorniu has always opened their wineries for visits. And Hotel Ribera del Duero in Peñafiel.

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August 30- September 2. 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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LEGARIS. D.O. Ribera del Duero

It is the new Codorniu winery in Ribera de Duero. Uses modern architecture with a design that facilitates working in the winery. They also produce modern wines with a different touch. The winery, their excellent wines and most of all, the kindness of their people make for a very interesting visit. More information


One of the oldest bottling company of the Denomination of Origin Qualified Rioja. Next to the winery it is the vineyard Viña Pomal that was bought and planted in 1908. From these vines they make the wine Viña Pomal since 1911. They have over 1000 m. of caves made in stone. The visit is one of the nicest in Rioja. More information

CODORNIU. D.O. Penedés

Codorniu is one of the largest historical cavas in Penedés. Located in a wonderful modernist building, it offers the opportunity of visiting one of the most impressive winery in Spain. They have a long tradition of welcoming visitors. More information


The New Spain with John Radford- Rioja, Ribera del Duero, Toro, Cigales and Rueda, 7 nights. Sep 18-25

- 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.

- 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

- May and June. CHOCOLATE BATH, in Hostal de la Gavina in S'Agaró in the Costa Brava. Another way of enjoying chocolate!

- June 10-12. RIOJA BIKE WINE TOUR through the vineyards , weekend in Hotel Villa de Abalos (La Rioja).

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

- June 3-5, 2005. II International Wine Symposium in Marbella.

- Junio 8-10. Duero Wine Festival, Vinus Durii in Zamora.

- June 20-23, 2005. FEGAMED II Mediterranean Gastronomic Fair in Malaga.

- 2005. Don Quixote IV Centenary


September 18- 25. THE NEW SPAIN WINE TOUR WITH JOHN RADFORD - Rioja, Ribera del Duero, Toro, Cigales and Rueda

The New Spain Wine Tour with the famous Spanish wine specialists and writer John Radford celebrating 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. The itinerary with hotels, wineries and price is now available.



This elegant three star hotel was built in a restored flour factory dating from the beginning of the 20th century. It has the advantage of being located in Peñafiel, a lively city in the center of Ribera, where you can go out for dinner or to have a drink without the need of driving. More information

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