January 2005 - Vol 9

VINTAGE SPAIN NEWSLETTER. Wine tasting tours in Spain

2005 starts with very good perspectives for wine tourism. After some years experience, we have seen a growing general interest in wine tourism, both in travelers and business. We can find more wineries opening their doors for visitors, hotels preparing wine related activities and restaurants offering wine and food match menus.

We feel very enthusiastic and looking forward to offer new things, like introducing a new wine region in our program with a tour to Jerez. Our recommendations are very unique, Bodegas Castiblanque, a pioneer winery in La Mancha, and a luxury wine hotel, Hacienda Zorita in Salamanca. There is also a new section: SPANISH RECIPES courtesy of prestigious chefs, in this case Raúl Vaquerizo from Rincón del Olivar in Valladolid. And, finally, we have the scheduled tours for 2005.

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Sherry wines from Andalucía are some of the most unfamiliar in Spain, although they are wines with a lot of history, mystery and a very interesting production process. To get to know them better we suggest this trip to Jerez, a wonderful historical town. The first stop will be a vineyard to learn where these wines come from and the factors that affect its quality. It will follow the visit to a spectacular bodega or winery with a complete explanation of the wine production process, including also how Sherry brandy and Sherry vinegar are made. The visit won’t be completed without a tutored tasting of the different wines, sherry, fino, amontillado, brandy and even vinegar. Then you will visit a small family bodega where you will taste different fine wines. Both tastings include special wines not usually available for the general public. The comparison between such different bodegas provides a very good picture of Sherry wine production. Lunch will be in one of the best restaurants of Jerez, with local traditional dishes paired with excellent Sherry wines. This tour can be specially designed for corporate events. (Picture courtesy of C.R. D.O. Jerez , Manzanilla and Vinagre de Jerez)

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HACIENDA ZORITA in Valverdón (Salamanca)

Hacienda Zorita is a beautiful wine hotel in the Duero Valley 10Km from Salamanca. This is the first wine state hacienda in the group Haciendas de España and they really have managed to get the old hacienda spirit, a comfortable place to share and enjoy gastronomy, art, tranquility and nature accompanied by good wine. There is also a private chapel, a nature reserve and an aging cellar prepared for wine related activities including guided visits and wine tasting.

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- Wine and Don Quixote. La Mancha and Toledo, 3 days/2nights. May 11-13.

- Wine and Cava. Penedés and Priorat, 3 days/2 nights. June 21-23, September 7-9

- Wine tradition. Rioja, 4 days/3 nights. June 14-17, Sep 13-16

- Wine, Art and History. Ribera de Duero, 3days/2 nights. June 1-3, September 28-30

- Spanish Wine Experience - Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Toledo, 6 nights. June 6-12, Sep 19-25

- Classical Wines, Rioja and Ribera, 4 days/3 nights. 17-20 May, 28 Jun-1 Jul, 30 Aug-2 Sep, 2-5 Oct

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

-January 18-20, 2005. Madrid-Fusión III Cumbre Internacional de Gastronomía. Madrid

-January 26-30. Fitur. International Tourism Fair. Madrid

-February 25 - March 9, 2005. IX Jerez Festival, Flamenco.

-March 5-8. Fevino. North West Wine Fair. La Coruña

-March 24-27. Easter Week Festivities in many Spanish towns, Sevilla, Granada, Valladolid, Toledo

-May 1-8, 2005. Jerez Horse Fair in Jerez de la Frontera.

- May 9-12, 2005. FENAVIN National Wine Fair in Ciudad Real.

- 2005. Don Quixote IV Centenary


PRUNING. Annual Cycle of Wine in Hotel Villa de Abalos.
Feb 4-6 and March 4-6

Campo de Criptana (Ciudad Real)

This winery inaugurated in 2003 is located in a restored XIX century wine cellar. It represents modernity and renovation in the center of the traditional region of La Mancha. With this combination of technology and tradition they are making excellent wines that can be tasted by anybody who travels in the land of Don Quixote and wants to visit the winery.
Special: Program VINADEMUS. Wine course in the winery, Jan 21-22

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CHEF RAUL VAQUERIZO. Restaurant El Rincón del Olivar in Valladolid

Lamb Sweetbreads glazed with Baby Broad Beans and Pine Nuts, Soy, Arbequina Olive Oil, Turnip Tempura and Raspberry Vinegar Caramel
Mollejas de Cordero glaseadas con Habitas y Piñones, Soja, Arbequina, Tempura de Nabo y caramelo de Vinagre de Frambuesa

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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.

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. They are all very open and friendly with wine lovers and most are out of the tourist track.

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