Wine Tours in Spain | USA today
Although it usually plays second fiddle to its more illustrious wine neighbors France and Italy, the country of Spain produces some of the best wines in the world. The majority of Spanish wines, including the famous Riojas and Ribera del Dueros, are grown in the northern region, although La Mancha in the central region is growing rapidly. For those wishing to explore the scenic countryside that produces Spanish grape varieties, a winery tour may be in order.
Vintage Spain is a travel agency that offers mono-regional and multi-regional wine tours covering all the main growing regions of Spain. Many tours combine wine tasting at wineries with visits to cultural sites, like the eight-day monasteries and the Winery Tour which offers accommodation in historic monasteries. Many tours focus on the popular Ribera del Duero region and combine it with other activities, such as the Wine and Yoga Weekend, which takes place in a historic 18th-century villa. In September and October, Vintage Spain offers special harvest tours, which allow customers to participate in the harvesting and processing practices of grapes from small vineyards.
C/ Burgos 9 4 B.
09200 Miranda de Ebro
Offering tours lasting from one to nine days, Cellar Tours takes guests deep into the heart of Spain’s most popular regions, but focuses on off-the-beaten-path destinations. The Spanish Art, Design and Wine Tour explores wineries with exemplary architectural styles, including one designed by Frank Gehry. The Chauffeur-Driven Andalusian Wine Tour includes a tasting of the northern wines and sherries that have made the southern region famous while visiting some of the most picturesque Mediterranean towns in the country. Tours begin and end in many of Spain’s most visited cities, including Madrid, Bilbao, and Barcelona.
SL Winery Tastings
C/ Zurbano 45, 1st floor
28010 Madrid, Spain
The single traveler
The Unique Traveler is a company that offers small-group tours of wine country, which include accommodation in historic and boutique hotels and personalized service from owner and lead guide, Ramon Ramirez. Ramirez organizes five-day tours that focus primarily on the Rioja region and include meals at some of the region’s most distinguished and traditional restaurants. The Rioja and Basque Country tour takes guests to the historic vineyards of Navarre and offers insight into authentic Basque culture. A variety of short weekends throughout the year cover destinations like Penedes, where the famous Catalan cava is produced.
The single traveler
408 The Bridge
334 Queenstown Road
London SW8 4NP, United Kingdom
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