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December 2008 - Vol 33

VINTAGE SPAIN NEWSLETTER. Gourmet Wine Tasting Tours in Spain
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2009 Tour schedule will be ready in a couple of weeks. In this issue we propose Gourmet Wine breaks to Rioja and Bilbao, to enjoy wine and architecture at its best. Our recommendations are located in less traveled wine areas, to encourage exploring our beautiful country. Winery Los Nevados in Socuéllamos, the heart of La Mancha, and winery Santa Marina in amazing Mérida - Extremadura, land of conquistadors. Our hotels are rural style, Biohotel Cal Ruget in Penedés with a great restaurant and a rural villa Balcones de Olena in Utiel- Requena (Valencia). And have also a look at our agenda.

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Our exclusive Gourmet Wine Tours can be customized just for your group to experience the authentic sabor and aroma of Spain


Rioja and Bilbao Gourmet Wine Breaks.

3 nights combining rental car and guided wine tour. If you only have three days and you want to experience Spanish tradition and modernity in wine, food and architecture, we invite you to fly into the vibrant city of Bilbao and join us in this fantastic tour. Our Bilbao and Rioja gourmet wine break will give you a good experience in Riojan wines, while showing some of the landmarks of Riojan history and art. The famous Guggenheim museum in Bilbao is one of the highlights of this tour. And of course the trip will include a guided tour to modern and traditional wineries to get a broad understanding of Rioja wines without worrying about drinking and driving. Highlights: 3 nights lodging (one night Bilbao, 2 nights Rioja), 1 guided wine tour, one traditional Riojan lunch with wine, one tapas tour, 4 days rental car, winery visits, Guggenheim Museum and Wine Culture Museum. Download PDF program

SPECIAL CAMPO VIEJO TOUR. Vintage Spain has worked with Campo Viejo to customize the Rioja and Bilbao gourmet wine break to include the visit to the stunning Juan Alcorta winery where Campo Viejo is produced. The tour is similar but in this case it will be focus in experiencing Campo Viejo. Highlights: 3 nights lodging (one night Bilbao, 2 nights Rioja), 1 guided wine tour, one traditional Riojan lunch with wine, one tapas tour, one cheese and olive oil tasting, 4 days rental car, Winery visits: Juan Alcorta and artisan subterranean winery in Laguardia, Guggenheim Museum. Download PDF program

We have selected a variety of wineries, long-established, traditional, modern and ecological ones, to give you a good knowledge of the wine of the region. All the visits to bodegas include wine tasting or cata. Wine and food are both protagonists in our gourmet meals. We use specialized local guides and hotels with a special charm. You can check our proposed itineraries to start getting ideas Our gourmet tours are available upon request.

These tours are also perfect for corporate events and incentive trips. Meetings, product presentations, meals etc can be organized in some of these wineries.


Los Nevados in Socuéllamos (Ciudad Real)
The winery is located on a 200 has estate, in La Mancha plain, 140 has. are devoted to viticulture and the rest is for grain, pasture or leisure. Finca Los Nevados looks for the highest quality in its wines, with complete biological viticulture and extreme care in the whole process of winemaking, from the vine to the bottle, which will provide their wines with body, character and a defined soul.
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Santa Marina in Merida (Badajoz), DO Ribera del Guadiana
The winery is similar to a typical “cortijo extremeño” (a vineyard including land and buildings with some architectonic characteristics of that region). Vineyard and cellar are located in Merida and emerge under the shadow of a granite mass, The Lamoneda Mountain Range, at the foot a deep forest of holm oak, cork-oak, wild olive tree, briar, rockrose and other plants… that together with their balsamic aromas become a great company to the wines of the bodega. See more information


- 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 excursions

- 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

- Jan 19-22. Madrid Fusión in Madrid

-28 Jan - 1 Feb 2009. Fitur. International Tourism Fair in Madrid

-6-9 March 2009.
Barcelona Degusta in Barcelona

- 30 March- 2 April 2009: XXIII Salón Internacional Club de Gourmets in

-5-7 May 2009. Fenavin, Feria Nacional del Vino in Ciudad Real

- 22-23 April 2009:
Women and Wines of the World International Competition. Mónaco


Biohotel Cal Ruget in Vilobi del Penedes - DO Penedes
Situated in the heart of Penedes you will find this farmhouse just 9 km from Vilfranca del Penedés. From the masia surrounded by vineyards and tipical crops of the area, you can enjoy views of the mountains of Montserrat to the castle of Sant Marti Sarroca. This the first country hotel of its type in Spain. As a Biohotel, our “raison d’etre” is maximum respect for the environment, sustainability and the cultivation and use of biological products. See more information

Balcones de Oleana in San Antonio de Requena (Valencia) - D.O. Utiel Requena
Balcones de Oleana is an old historic rural villa. This beautiful building was once a traditional farm house, for farmers, their families and staff. It has been restored to its former glory to ensure a pleasurable and comfortable stay, while maintaining the charming elements of its original construction, such as solid wooden beams, wrought iron work and the numerous balconies and French windows. It has five rooms and it is rented as a villa. See more information

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