Vintage Spain

July 2004 - Vol 3

VINTAGE SPAIN NEWSLETTER. Wine tasting tours in Spain

A fresh newsletter to balance the hot summer here in Spain. Since we are a little bit late to recommend you San Fermín in Pamplona (July, 6-14), you can try other festivals around Santiago or St James day (July 25), or even jazz in the north of Spain. Check Events

We focus on a very nice hotel in Rioja where you can go to be pampered after your winery visits and a great restaurant in the same town. This month our featured top tour is Spanish Wine Experience from the 19th to the 25th of September. And for the summer we keep our scheduled one day tours from Madrid to Ribera del Duero.

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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September 19- 25. SPANISH WINE EXPERIENCE - Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Toledo. From Madrid

This tour is our top tour, perfect for people who want to experience Spanish wine and Spanish culture. The lodging would be in small places with special charm and flavor. It includes visits to wineries in three main regions: Ribera de Duero, Rioja and Toledo and an extensive introduction to the excellent Spanish gastronomy. The tour will also take you through the history and art of Spain, from the Roman Aqueduct in Segovia to castles, monasteries, cathedrals, including the gothic cathedral of Burgos, one of the most beautiful in Spain and the one in Toledo. While Rioja represents the tradition in Spanish wines, the wines produced in Ribera del Duero are the modern wines that are considered the Spanish wine revolution, both regions producing some of the finest in Spain.

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In Rioja and surrounded by some of the best wineries in the area, this country hotel is the ideal place to rest and relax in a quiet and luxurious atmosphere. A monastery from 1509 has been restored and decorated to become an elegant hotel that provides every guest with modern comfort keeping its old special charm. It offers warm and comfortable rooms with an oversize Jacuzzi and wonderful views.

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- One day wine tours to Ribera from Madrid. Special summer departures during June, July, August and Sep.

- 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.

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Vintage Spain can help you attending any of these events

- Forum Barcelona, from June to September

- July 6-14, San Fermin with the running of the bulls in Pamplona

- July 25. Fiestas of Santiago in different towns, like Peñarada and Quintana del Pidio in Burgos and Tudela and Estella in Navarra

- July 11- 17. 28th Jazz Festival of Vitoria.

- July 9- 18. VIII International Jazz Festival in Ezcaray (Rioja).

- July 26. Fiesta of Albariño Wine in Cambados (Rias Baixas - Galicia).

- Camino de Santiago - The way of St James Pilgrimage to Galicia. Ongoing


ISMAEL ARROYO - VALSOTILLO in Sotillo de la Ribera, Ribera del Duero

Ismael Arroyo winery is better known for the name of his wines Valsotillo. This small winery is one of the most striking in the area because of the impressive cave from the XVII century still used for aging of the wine. The Arroyo family is very hospitable and it is always a pleasure to visit them, admire the cellar and taste their wonderful wine.

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LA VIEJA BODEGA in Casalarreina - Rioja

A great restaurant located in an old cellar from the XVII century that combines the traditional Riojan food with creativity and imagination, one of our favorites. The place has thick stone walls and wooden beams that shelter an exquisite kitchen and a warm, elegant and careful service. The wine is stored in optimum conditions in a cellar with two underground caves.

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VINTAGE SPAIN - RUTAS DE VINO C/Burgos 9 4 B. 09200 Miranda de Ebro. Burgos. SPAIN -
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