If you are a wine tourism lover, you may discover some of the best wine tours in Spain and participate in a great wine tasting. There is nothing more pleasant than enjoying wine in its place of origin, surrounded by beautiful vineyards. They say that drinking wine is one of the most fulfilling experiences for our senses. It stimulates our eyesight, our sense of smell and we can also feel its temperature.
Wine tasting is a special activity. Today we suggest you six of the best routes to live the experience in Spain.
Our country is rich in natural landscapes and, of course, in wines. We can go to different tastings all over Spain from Galician Atlantic area, where it’s in vogue Albariño and later, throughout Jerez, La Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Penedés. Let’s start the trip:
Wine route in Ribera del Duero.
The first winery let us know red wines made, mainly, with a grape’s variety called Tempranillo. Its name is Pago de los Capellanes and it’s close to Pedrosa de Duero. The building has a contemporary architecture and 8 centenary walnut trees in its vineyards.
Another interesting place to go is Portia winery which was designed by Norman Foster. He created an architectural complex where you can find an art exhibition space. To continue, we suggest to visit Protos wine cellar. The building, with a century-old tradition, was designed by Richard Rogers. It is placed in Valladolid and it’s well-known because of its famous Crianza wines. Those are always fourteen month aging in oak barreld and twelve more months in a bottle. After all of this work, they acquire a red tone similar to cherry and grenade. To finish this part of the trip in Ribera del Duero, we should go to Comenge wineries and know their innovative process of wine-making.
Price of tastings: from 35 to 55 €.
Rías Baixas Designation of Origin called Albariño is all the rage among foreigner consumers. Although it produces some red wines, we must focus on white wine from Albariño grape but also on Loureira and Treixadaura. Our wine tasting starts at Pazo Baló that has six centuries of history. Here we will find the winery where the fist Albariño was produced: Palacio de Fefiñanes. Another precious point to try this kind of wine is Granbazán winery, located at a restored palace. It has world-class wines. Our path ends at Pazo Quintero da Cruz, a neoclassic house in Galicia which is home of a big camellia garden.
Price of tastings: from 39 to 44 €.
Volcanic lands and Canarian weather provide with a very special flavour to their products. The winery Valle de Güímar produces white, red, Rosé and sparkling wines. On the North coast of the island is worth visiting Monje winery, famous because of the underwater aging process. To keep on this route we’ll get into Valle de La Orotava. In this place we will find Tajinaste winery that make white, Rosé and red wine. The last one will be Viñátigo winery, recognized for their environment awareness.
Price of tastings: around 39€.
La Rioja, this is the safest bet.
The most well-know Designation in Spain is notable for wines which are fresh, aromatic, and balanced. Besides they have a fabulous bouquet.
Although it is known for their red wines (Tempranillo, Gamacha and Mazuelo) it is also stands out for their excellent white varieties like Viura or Malvasía. The wine tasting route starts this time in Haro, a perfect village for those who love these drinks. They will find the largest area of vineyard of Haro, the Bilbainas wineries. Here they are too the Marqués de Riscal winery, famous for their luxury hotel designed by Frank Gehry. The Ysios winery, located at the foot of Sierra de Cantabria also has a beautiful design. The end of this architectural and wine tour is the Viña Real wine cellar in Laguardia. Where they prepare amazing rosé, red and white wine here.
Price of tastings: 52 €.
Jerez, an essential place for tasting wines
Cádiz is the most distinguished wine zone due to their liqueur wines (finos and manzanillas), their sweet wine (Pedro Ximénez and Moscatel) and other types of liquor. They are all produced with white grapes like Palomino, Pedro Ximénez or Moscatel.
We must visit Lastau wineries in Jerez de la Frontera whose wine called Jerez was named the best Sherry in the world in 2013. Also in this city we find Tío Pepe wineries (Byass winery, award for best winery in the world). This visit allows us to know how the elaboration of their Brandya and their wines. From Jerez we will go to El Puerto de Santa María to discover Caballero winery and taste of up to 5 different wines. Finally, our route will guide us to the popular Sanlúcar de Barrameda where it is possible to visit the Manzanilla Museum and the Barbadillo wineries, experienced in Manzanilla.
Price of tastings: from 50 to 75 €.
Penedés offers you the opportunity of know fantastic sparkling Catalonian wines (cava). For this reason, let’s start near Barcelona and know the old village of Ca N’Estrella, a building constructed in the 19th century. We recommend you to visit the centenarian facilities of Codorníu and its modernist buildings by trying their delicious cavas. We can finish the last wine tasting in the province of Tarragona. The Avgvstvs Forvm winery, at El Vendrell, gives you the possibility of try international prestigious vinegars.
Price of tastings: 45 €.
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