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Best Time to Visit Spain for a Wine Tour

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Vineyards and town of Elciego at sunrise in Basque, Spain

Elciego, Spain

Taking time to plan a visit to Spain for a wine tour is important as you consider the key reason for doing so, and visiting from May to June or in September and October will give you the best all-around experience.

Spain is overflowing with wine regions nestled in the far corners of the northwest down to the warm south, with a variety of grapes used to create delicious whites and reds.

Enjoy a tasting outdoors on a warm summer’s day or venture indoors as the season turns just after harvest time in the fall. Beat the crowds, avoid the rain, or indulge in romance while in intimate settings, using this guide to find the right time for your trip.

  1. Best Time for Great Weather
  2. Best Time for Couples or Honeymooners
  3. Best Time for Viticulture Festivals
  4. Best Time for Food and Wine Pairing
  5. Best Time to Avoid the Crowds
  6. Book the Best Time to Visit Spain for a Wine Tour

Best Time for Great Weather

Harvest in the vineyards of Requena in Valencia, Spain

Valencia, Spain

Best Months: May • June • September • October

From May to June or in September and October you will experience the best weather for your wine tour in Spain. May and June present clear, crisp days which lengthen across the country.

Harvesting takes place at the end of September, with the fall months bringing cooler days, while dry conditions remain in different corners of the growing regions. This is a great time to sip your favorite glass of Spanish wine, while watching the leaves turn.

The summer dishes up warm days and cool wines with which to quench your thirst. Spend lazy afternoons in picturesque landscapes, near coastal villages, or in the middle of vast terroir, or spend your time exploring wineland wonder in July and August, while the crowds spend time at the coast.

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Best Time for Couples or Honeymooners

Senior couple enjoying some wine in Spain


Best Months: April • May • September • October

Step away from a hurried life into the beautiful Spanish wine region of your choice to embark on the ultimate romantic escape between April and May or September and October.

Making the most of the quieter spring or fall months will afford couples the opportunity to spend time in a serene ambiance, captivated by charming wine cellars and boutique accommodations.

You can also enjoy the tranquility of cuddling near a warm fire in the chilly winter months of December and January, savoring the fruits of labor after a successful autumn harvest with Our 7 Best Sample Romantic Trips to Spain.

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Best Time for Viticulture Festivals

Wine tasting at a viticulture festivals in La Rioja, Spain

La Rioja, Spain

Best Months: September • October

The end of September and early October are important months in the wine-producing regions in Spain, as vineyards and visitors come together to celebrate the joy of a successful harvest.

Partake in the traditional activity of grape-stomping in La Rioja or walk among the vines and fill your basket in D.O. Valdepeñas.

Simply revel in the fun and flavors on offer in vineyard courtyards and cafes, or spend your time touring more than one of Spain’s unforgettable wine regions. Exploring the viticulture festivals is one of the Top 5 Food and Wine Things to Do in Spain, so be sure to make time for one during your wine tour.

Best Time for Food and Wine Pairing

Dinner served at a restaurant in Catalonia, Spain

Catalonia, Spain

Best Months: September • October

Part of the fun of spending time in wine country is sitting down to enjoy a fruity white or robust red paired with delicious Spanish cuisine. This is best done between September and October.

Take advantage of pairing invites during the fall, where cava and gastronomical delights connect in perfect harmony in Sant Sadurní d’Anoia, or get cozy in a quaint wine cellar in Andalusia and enjoy mouthwatering chocolate and wine combinations.

Tapas and tastings can be enjoyed any time of the year, with the setting for your sit-down meal determined by the weather, which, during fall, can accentuate the ambiance. Explore our 7 Best Places for Food and Wine in Spain to find your perfect stop for delicious culinary experiences.

Best Time to Avoid the Crowds

Wine cellar at a vineyard in Valladolid, Spain

Valladolid, Spain

Best Months: January • February • March

The best time to avoid the crowds on a wine tour in Spain is between January and March. Summer is one of the most popular times to embark on a wine tour in the country, with July and August buzzing with visitors and tasting rooms bustling with wine lovers.

Planning your visit outside the busy summer vacation months could be an excellent idea to avoid crowds. Instead, you can enjoy space on a Spanish wine tour in the quieter months of January and March, when the weather is cool and the wine comforting.

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Book the Best Time to Visit Spain for a Wine Tour

Elvillar vineyard during autumn in Haro, Spain

Haro, Spain

Consider the reason for your Spanish wine tour and work on putting together a wine-tasting itinerary that suits you. The diversity of Spanish wines could immerse you in a tempranillo's terroir or a sherry's soothing aromas. Each new experience uncovers a local specialty's character, charisma, and charm, demonstrating the relationship between flavorful vines and culture.

As you discover the right Spanish wine experience, you will find weather, romance, and less-crowded venues can create your ideal experience. Take a look at our Food & Wine Tours in Spain to find your preferred customizable itinerary.

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