July - August 2005
Vol 15

VINTAGE SPAIN NEWSLETTER. Wine tasting tours in Spain

Since we also need some vacation, we just publish a summer issue of our newsletter for both July and August.

If you are just visiting Spain and you don't have a lot of time for a wine tour we propose a One Day Wine Tour to Ribera del Duero from Madrid. We offer more one day wine tours, from MADRID to Ribera del Duero, Toledo and La Mancha, from BARCELONA to Penedés, from BILBAO to Rioja, from SEVILLA to Jerez, from VALLADOLID to Ribera del Duero, Toro, etc. You can check them out in our web page.

We feature two wineries from two different wine regions: Jean León in Penedés and Viña Mambrilla-Alidis in Ribera del Duero; the hotel Los Calaos de Briones in Rioja and a great restaurant and tapas bar in Burgos, Casa Pancho.

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Wine, Art and History

Two winery visits with wine tasting, traditional lunch with wine, visit a historical site in a town protected by a castle, transport to and from Madrid. (From 9.00 am to 7.00 pm, approximate duration 10h)

We will always try to combine two different style wineries, modern with traditional or small family-owned with larger producers. We will be given a comprehensive tour of one of the wineries, visiting the facilities and being guided through the process and secrets of wine making, from the grape to the bottle. After the visits enjoy a well deserved lunch trying the traditional and famous roasted lamb of Ribera, perfect companion for the Ribera wine. Lunch will be a three course meal with wine and coffee usually in a winery or traditional restaurant. After lunch we will enjoy some of the history of Castilla. See more information

This tour can be specially designed for corporate events. Contact us for more information: info@vintagespain.com


JEAN LEON. D.O. Penedes

The visit to Jean Leon gives you the chance to learn and discover the story of its founder, and Spanish immigrant in Hollywood, enjoying some of the best views of Penedes and tasting its prestigious wines. Today as always, this winery continues faithful to the dictates of its founder with the aim of producing superior wines, year after year. More information

VIÑA MAMBRILLA - ALIDIS. D.O. Ribera del Duero

Viña Mambrilla is a small family winery founded by the Arranz family, long time wine growers and very passionate about wine. Since they own their own vineyards, they decided to produce their own wines, combining their knowledge of wine making tradition with the most modern technology. Their goal is to produce high quality wines in Ribera, with body, structure, and respect for the fruit. They market their wine with the name ALIDIS, and are already getting national and international recognition showing a very high growth potential. 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. September 7-9

- Wine tradition. Rioja, 4 days/3 nights. Sep 13-16

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

- Classical Wines, Rioja and Ribera, 4 days/3 nights. 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

- August 19-21. 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

- Until October. Exposition La Rioja Open Land. Nájera Medieval Legacy .

- August 3. Fiesta del Albariño in Cambados (Rias Baixas - Galicia).

-August 4-7. Somontano Wine Festival 2005.

-August 5, 19 and26. Jazz and Wine in the Wine Museum in the Castle of Peñafiel.

- August. Fiestas week in Vitoria, Bilbao and San Sebatian, in this order

- August 14-18. Fiestas in Peñafiel. San Roque with running of the bulls.

-September. Fall Festival in Jerez.

-September 7 to October 15. El Rioja y los 5 sentidos (La Rioja)

- 2005. Don Quixote IV Centenary



Briones is a medieval town, where you can feel exactly what someone from the Middle Ages felt. The hotel is a hostal rural or bed and breakfast, located inside the town. It has only four large rooms all of them with ensuite bathroom. Their restaurant is very good offering traditional dishes, and a delicious home made bakery. It is located in an area inside a handmade cellar from the XVII century. More information



Casa Pancho is one of the best tapas and wine bars in Burgos (tapas are also called pinchos here). It is very close to the Plaza Mayor, surrounded by other tapas bars. Although everything is very good there, there are some bar specialties like tigres (stuffed mussels breaded and fried), cojunudo/a (a small quail egg with a piece of sausage and pimiento on top of bread), etc. They have a great variety of wines by the glass. If you want to sit down there is also an area with tables. Service is outstanding, the Perez Terradillos family and the waiters are extremely nice and attentive with everybody. More information

NOTE: We would like 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.

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