August 2008 - Vol 31

VINTAGE SPAIN NEWSLETTER. Gourmet Wine Tasting Tours in Spain

Harvest in Spain takes place in September and October. The fields are filled with the vines full of grapes, fruits ready for being picked up, a precious gift form Earth to indulge our own fields of energy. We will feel the freshness of the moment, the joy from the farmers and the given disposition of the soil. Something you cannot miss. This time Vintage Spain welcomes you to experience the Energy coming from Harvest Time in Rioja with different harvest tours, Rioja wine tour in September for the harvest festival in Logroño and Harvest experience in October with hands on harvest activities, from grape picking to stomping.

We also have a proposal for a one day wine tour to La Mancha with castles and Don Quixote. Do not forget to have a look to our agenda, with all our tours and a lot of activities to enjoy wine and gastronomy in Spain.

We recommend two classical wineries from Solar de Samaniego group, Duron in Ribera and Bodegas Alvesas in Rioja, A hotel with a great restaurant in Jerez de la Frontera: Hotel Barceló Jerez, and a very creative restaurant in Priorat: El Cairat. And a different wine activity, Villa Lucia, a wine thematic center in Laguardia.

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Logroño harvest festival. Special tour combining Wine, Gastronomy, Architecture and Art. Lodging is in an antique convent from the 14th century fully renovated and a modern - convenient hotel in Logroño located strategically in the center of the city. Please check out the itinerary, it´s been prepared thinking of you, to make sure you have a great experience, your comfort and the well-being state coming from this time of the year in La Rioja. The tour starts in Bilbao and finishes in Logroño. (It is possible to start in different towns upon request). Download PDF program

OCTOBER 11, 2008. RIOJA HARVEST WINE TOUR. 1 day. Experience the Energy from Harvest time in Rioja, and this time you do the work! Harvest yourself picking your own grapes and do the stomping like in the old times. Harvest, picnic lunch and visit an artisan winery. (We can arrange lodging and other activities upon request) Download PDF program

Madrid - Rioja - Ribera del Duero. This is a tour hosted and organized by Herbert Engelbert (Philadelphia, PA, USA), WINE CONSULTANT and WINE COMMENTATOR - Time Out for Fine Wine, on WRTI/90.1, with the collaboration of Vintage Spain. The tour is now open for non Tastevin Group members. Download PDF program.

Harvest activities are perfect for corporate events. Our gourmet tours are available upon request. See more information about our tours


SEPTEMBER 17, 2008. LA MANCHA: WINE, DON QUIXOTE AND CASTLES. 1 day excursion from Madrid
La Mancha is the homeland of Don Quixote. In this tour we will follow his steps through this area that is now starting to produce very good quality wines. You will enjoy two winery visits, a tour to the famous windmills fought by Don Quixote and two castles in the way. We will taste the spectacular and famous manchego cheese accompanied by a good wine. Download PDF program


Solar de Samaniego Group has two beautiful wineries: Bodegas Alavesas in Rioja and Durón in Ribera del Duero. This group also offers the possibility of becoming a member of the Club Cofradía Solar of Samaniego, to enjoy many advantages when buying their wines and gourmet products. Both wineries can be visited and you can also have lunch there if you are a member of the Club or through Vintage Spain

Solar de Samaniego in Laguardia, D.O.C. Rioja
Founded en 1970, the winery is located next to the fortified medieval town of Laguardia, being one of the most representative wineries of Rioja Alavesa with its brand Solar de Samaniego.
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Duron in Roa (Burgos), D.O. Ribera del Duero
Located on high ground and surrounded by their own vineyards, its subterranean warehouse keeps the ideal conditions of temperature and humidity for the aging of their wines in French and American oak barrels.
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- September 17th, La Mancha: Wine, Don Quixote and Castles. 1 day from Madrid

- September 25-28th, Rioja Gourmet Wine Tour. 3 nights from Bilbao to Logroño

- October 11th, Rioja Harvest Wine Tour. 1 day in Rioja

- October 18-26th, Tastevin Group Wine Tour Northern Spain. 8 days. Madrid - Rioja - Ribera del Duero

- Customized Private Tours. We organize tours in RIOJA, RIBERA DEL DUERO, TORO, LA MANCHA, PENEDES, PRIORAT, south of Spain. etc, for groups or individuals.

-One Day trips

- Cultural, tapas and wine tours, cooking classes and wine tastings in different Spanish cities

- Corporate events

Tour samples and itineraries
Tours are open all year upon request. Please contact us


Vintage Spain can help you attending any of these events

-Sep 6. International Wine tasting in Bodega Don Carlos

-Sep 5-19. El Rioja y los 5 sentidos in Logroño (Rioja)

-Sep 10-Oct 11. XV Bienal de Flamenco Sevilla 2008

- Sep 18-21 .
V International Fair of Cultural Tourism, in Málaga

- 31 Oct - 2 Nov. Expogalaecia in Vigo. International Tourism Fair

- 28-30 Nov. ChocoMad. I Chocolate Fair in Madrid


HOTEL BARCELO JEREZ **** and Bocado restaurant in Jerez de la Frontera (Cadiz) - D.O. Jerez
Born of the refurbishing of the María Auxiliadora Convent, the Barceló Jerez**** hotel is an impressive property displaying the fine 19th century architecture. It is ideal for making the most of the town of Jerez, and it offers excellent food in his restaurant, El Bocado, as well as being a good starting point for visiting the wineries of the area or the many sports events. See more information


Villa Lucia Wine Thematic Center in Laguardia (Alava) - D.O.C. Rioja
Villa Lucía is not a normal museum, it is a thematic center dedicated to wine. It is very entertaining for all wine lovers, a multimedia exhibition is designed to show all the secrets of wine making and wine tasting. The visit is fully interactive, and it even includes a virtual wine tasting. More info

EL CAIRAT in Falset (Tarragona) D.O.C. Priorat
El Cairat is a small restaurant, there are only 19 seats. What matters here is patron interaction and regional and creative cooking always with a personal touch. You can make your own tasting menu using the dishes from their menu. And don't forget about desserts in El Cairat, you sure will be sweetly impressed. You can also ask them about their activities with wineries and even flying over the Priorat See more information

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.

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