October 2009 - Vol 37

VINTAGE SPAIN NEWSLETTER. Gourmet Wine Tasting Tours in Spain

Harvest has been great this year, 2009 will be a year to remember in Spain, very good and healthy grapes and lots of them! We invite you to come and see yourself how the wine evolves in the wineries, you can still catch some of the changing of the colors in Rioja with all vineyards bright red, yellow and green. It is also a good time to start planning for next year vacation, Spain is getting to be one of the most popular gourmet destinations in the world, both for its wine and its food, some of the best restaurants are here.

Either for now or next year, for independent travelers we suggest Semi-Guided Gourmet Wine Tours. You can rent a car (driving is not difficult in Spain) and we plan the trip for you. We provide local transport and a guide for the wine tours, since we don't encourage drinking and driving. Available upon request and with 20% discount if you book now for 2010 and 10% if you book for 2009.

We recommend two wineries: Viyuela in Ribera del Duero and Hoya de Cadenas in Utiel Requena. Two different hotels: hotel with SPA in Valdepeñas Hotel Veracruz Plaza, and a rural lodging in Conca de Barbera: Cal Maginet. Our special recommendation: Can Bonastre a winery with a luxury five star hotel, in Penedés.

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.

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For independent travelers we suggest Semi-Guided Gourmet Wine Tours. You can rent a car (driving is not difficult in Spain) and we plan the trip for you. We provide local transport and a guide for the days with wine tours, since we don't encourage drinking and driving. You will have some days on your own and some days with a chauffeured guided wine tour.

These tours are an excellent choice for people who want to have the freedom of traveling on their own, seeing the Spanish countryside and deciding how they want to spend their own time, but, at the same time, they want some expert planning, the confidence of having telephone assistance and they do not want to risk a wonderful wine day with problems caused by drinking and driving.

We customize the tour according to your preferences, and we make all the necessary travel arrangements like hotel and restaurant reservations. We will send you a detailed itinerary with directions and suggestions to enjoy your Spanish Wine Experience. You can also include other activities like commented wine tasting, cooking classes, golf, bicycling, horse riding or hiking. These tours can start anywhere in Spain and the duration is up to you, the most popular is our 4 days/3 night tour to Ribera del Duero and Rioja from Madrid. Check our samples
These tours are just for you so they are available upon request. 20% OFF BOOKING NOW for 2010, AND 105 IF YOU BOOK FOR 2009. MENTION THAT YOU SHOW IT IN THE NEWSLETTER.

See more information about our tours


BODEGA VIYUELA in Boada de Roa (Burgos)- DO Ribera del Duero
Bodegas Viyuela was built in 2003 by the Viyuela`s family with the idea of keeping the vineyards inherited from their fathers implicating as well the family on the development of the small town where the winery is located and where the family originally is from. The winery is located in Boada de Roa/Pedrosa de Duero, considered one of the best Ribera del Duero`s area and where in around four square miles other very prestigious wineries are based on. More information

HOYA DE CADENAS in Las Cuevas de Utiel (Valencia)- DO Utiel Requena
Hoya de Cadenas Estate is an eco-paradise just 100 Km from the city of Valencia. The estate boasts over 200 hectares of the finest local and international vine varieties. Its situation on the slopes of the Sierra de la Bicuerca affords a particular micro-climate with temperature variations from day to night which give the grapes their own special characteristics and encourages the accumulation of highly valued polyphenol. More information


- Semiguied gourmet wine tours and short breaks. Upon request

- 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

- Tapas tours in Madrid

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


Vintage Spain can help you attending any of these events

7 November. Tasta Porrera - Saborea Porrera in Porrera (Tarragona).

- 12-13 November: Wine Future Rioja09. Logroño

- 13-16 November: Catavins Sabadell 2009. Sabadell

- 14-16 November: 10 ª Wine Fair and Denomination of Origin in Torremolinos (Málaga)

- 19-22 November: Intur XIII International Fair of Interior Tourism in Valladolid

- 26-29 November: FEVIANDTUR Feria andaluza vitivinícola y del turismo gastroenológico. in Montilla (Córdoba)

- 5-8 December: Enotur I Salon of Wine Tourism in Spain in Pontevedra

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.

Veracruz Plaza Hotel & Spa is a singular place located in the historical center of Valdepeñas, where you can find stone with old style work and the modern architecture and design of Teresa Sapey. The hotel offers modern rooms that are at the same time warm and comfortable. A place where body and soul can relax and rest in perfect harmony. Veracruz Plaza Hotel & Spa also offers lots of possibilities of combining work and rest, with fully equipped meeting rooms to have business meetings, workshops, company events, etc. More information

CAL MAGINET in Vilaverd (Tarragona) - DO Conca de Barbera
Cal Maginet is a small hotel where you will find comfortable rooms and large living rooms. If you decide to have dinner here, they offer you fresh seasonal food bought from the market and accompanied by good local wines. Cal Maginet is a splendid old house in the very centre of the charming medieval part of Vilaverd, in the heart of Catalonia. This small village, surrounded by the mountains of Prades and next to the Francoli river, still keeps it's ancient structure: a twisting and narrow lane with plenty of interesting nooks and crannies.. More information


CAN BONASTRE WINE RESORT in Masquefa (Barcelona) - DO Penedes.
Can Bonastre Winestyle: enjoy the culture of wine. The Can Bonastre hotel and winery are located only 35 km from Barcelona city, in a unique setting at the foot of the Sierra de Montserrat. The Can Bonastre winery has carried out a creative process based on grape-growing and winemaking tradition. The culmination of this process is Can Bonastre Winestyle, an innovative, exclusive concept. Can Bonastre’s main building is a masía (typical manor) from XVI century, which has been restored, respecting its valuable original elements while giving it a modern, avant-garde air, that exudes elegant sobriety.
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