The fine wine regions of Spain offer the traveler a truly unforgettable experience. The range of landscapes, architectural contrasts, diversity in cuisine and warmth of the people make a wine tour in Spain a trip of a lifetime. Spain´s premium wine regions including Priorat, Penedes, La Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Sherry.
Spain is a hugely rewarding country to take a wine tour in and it has many fascinating wine regions to explore. Along the way one will have the chance to learn how wines are made and to sample some world-renowned vintages with cultural, natural and culinary heritage of some uniquely different regions.
The wine country of Penedès is one of the most exciting wine regions in Spain and a tour here is a must for wine lovers. A wide range of wine styles are produced here including the Traditional Method white and rosé Cava dry reds, dry whites, and dessert whites. Winemaking in the region, as in the rest of Spain, dates back millennia and the Ancient Romans have left many vestiges of their wine production here.
Barcelona was noticed by the entire world when it hosted the Olympics in 1992 after which the city has been known for its rich heritage, old world charm and also the urban look. Barcelona has an incredible wealth of historic buildings and world heritage monuments in and out the city, dating back at least 2,000 years when it gained prominence as a Roman town under its old name, Barcino.
Arrival in Barcelona, The balance of your day is at leisure.
Today head south of Barcelona to Penedes, home of the Torres Winery Milmanda where Torres make some of their finest vintages. Enjoy a private tour of the castle and surrounding vineyards, followed by a tasting and lunch of local specialties. After lunch continue south to the region of Priorat to visit another of Torres’ bodegas. Returning to Barcelona late afternoon, there is time to shop or visit more of the city’s museums or other attractions. Spend the evening at leisure exploring of the gastronomic delights of this unique city.
Today explore the wine region of Penedes, south of Barcelona, renowned for the sparkling ‘cavas’. Enjoy a full day tour of the region to include the Torres winery complex followed by a lunch of Catalan specialties. Returning to Barcelona, enjoy a tour of the ‘Eixample’ district of the city, which is virtually unchanged from when it was built at the turn of the century. The tour also shows masterpieces of most famous Catalan architect, Antoni Gaudí.
This morning head to Zaragoza from Barcelona. Continue by road to the ancient town of Olite, where you can enjoy a lunch of Navarrese specialities with a tasting of local wines in the exquisite Parador de Olite, located in a fifteenth century castle, complete with battlements and watch towers. Continue to San Sebastián and this evening take the opportunity to try restaurants or stroll in the “parte vieja” (old town) to enjoy typical Basque “pintxos” (tapas) in any of the dozens of traditional taverns.
Enjoy the wines of La Rioja today as you travel South from San Sebastian to Haro. Stop in the village of Oyón, home of the Faustino bodegas and also the city of Logroño, the region’s capital, home of the large Campo Viejo wineries.
After lunch, continue south toward Haro, the most important of all the wine towns of La Rioja region. En-route visit the absolutely outstanding Dinastía Vivanco wine museum, not to be missed by any serious wine lover.
This morning visit one of the most prestigious wineries in Spain, Vega Sicilia. After a morning tour of the bodega, continue westward to the town of Toro, another region which has made huge progress in recent years.
This morning enjoy a tour of Toro/Rueda, the bodegas here produce some of the best white wines in Spain, primarily using the verdejo grape. After lunch, departure to Seville through Madrid.
Enjoy a full day excursion to the Jerez wine region (about an hour and a half from Seville), of which the three cities allowed to use the Jerez denominación are Jerez de la Frontera, El Puerto de Santa María and Sanlúcar de Barrameda. Visit Sanlúcar, for an exquisite seafood lunch beside the river. Afterwards visit one to the most famous makers of the unique Manzanilla wine before returning to Seville for farewell drinks and tapas.