Spain's landscape is a sensual feast, the eyes indulging in medieval towns as internationally revered wines excite the nose and tongue. As the reds tantalize and the whites leave crisp tones, you explore the country's eight world-famous wine regions. Exclusive tasting, boutique vineyards, private tours with the winemarkers: this vacation is handcrafted for connoisseurs and wine lovers, taking you from Madrid to Barcelona via the renowned valleys of Northeastern Spain.
Madrid – Spectacular Wine Tasting Welcome
Madrid's streets promise regal gastronomy. A palace shines with its odes to Renaissance beauty. Exclusive restaurants spill the scents of indulgence onto red-painted squares, and one of Madrid's finest wine merchants offers a sublime welcome to the tastes of Spain. Sample nine vintage wines, each of them taken from a different region. A skilled technical guide talks you through the regions, providing an overview of Spain and setting you up for the next twelve days of tasting. Nine wines, and now nine gourmet courses as you sit down at Viridiana, a surreal restaurant that explores the beauty of food from all across the country.
Madrid – Exploring the Vino de Paga of Castile La Mancha
Toro – The Emerging Vineyards of Rueda and Toro
Burgos – The World's Finest Reds in Ribera del Duero Region
Laguardia – Medieval Beauty and Tradition in La Rioja
Pamplona – Experimental Flavors in the Unique Navarra Valley
San Sebastian – Seafood and Tasting in Txacoli Wine Country
Barcelona – Innovative Architecture and Coastal Pleasures
Barcelona – Exclusive Cavas in the Winelands of Penedes
Barcelona – Boutique Cellars in the Mystical Priorat Wine Regions
Barcelona – Exploring Gaudi's City and a Final Evening of Tasting
Barcelona – Departure
- Discover the rich diversity of Spanish wine as you explore the country's eight finest wine regions, each with distinct flavors and world-famous specialties
- Start on the arid plains of central Spain, being sensually welcomed in the capital city of Madrid and enjoying VIP tastings at Castile-La Mancha vineyards
- In Ribera del Duero region you sample the recently voted “Best Red in the World,” and indulge in wine tasting in a succession of quaint chateaus
- Explore La Rioja, Spain's most famous wine region and the heartbeat of the country's wine tradition
- Travel into the Navarra Valley, where experimental vineyards bring new tastes to medieval towns
- Michelin-Starred seafood mixes delightfully with the cooler plains of Txacoli wine country, another unique wine destination in Northern Spain
- Spend the final four nights in Barcelona, your luxury boutique hotel nestled amongst the charms of the city
- Penedes and Priorat are the two world-famous wine regions near Barcelona, the Mediterranean sea breeze and unique soil helping to forge beautiful cavas and earthy wines; a day is dedicated to each region
- Dine in some of Spain's finest restaurants, enjoying paired tasting menus, Michelin gourmet dinners, and lavish lunches on elegant farm estates
Spain is the cradle of international wine, its history of cultivation stretching back three to four millennia and the country continuing to revel in experimentation. There are more acres of vines and vineyards here than any other country in the world, a testament to Spain's number one obsession. Even on the arid plateaus of Central Spain you'll find farmers feverishly cultivating. But this handcrafted Spain wine tour isn't interested in vino de mesa (table wine), it's focused on the country's finest winelands and most exclusive vineyards. Moving from Madrid to Barcelona, this unique vacation explores Spain's eight most respected and revered wine regions, including La Rioja, Priorat, Penedes, and Ribera del Duero. It's vintage VIP tasting all the way as you discover 18th century chateaus, medieval farmhouses, innovative flavors, and a rich diversity of grapes.
Your Madrid welcome glimpses at what is to come. Sample the finest from nine regions at one of Madrid's most renowned wine merchants, then sit down to a nine course Spanish tasting menu at an almost mythical traditional restaurant. Days two and three explore the finest grapes grown in the less than ideal conditions of Central Spain. Meet winemakers who are becoming the darlings of international wine connoisseurs as you explore the regions of Castile-La Mancha, and Rueda and Toro. Throughout this tour, all transfers are by luxury Mercedes with a knowledgeable driver guide. Hand selected restaurants complete the gastronomic feast as they sensually showcase the eclecticism of Spanish cuisine; expect medieval banquets, Michelin fine dining, atmospheric traditional restaurants, and gourmet organic produce.
Northeastern Spain's sheltered slopes are where the country's world-famous reds have their roots. A compact area of valleys is home to the distinct regions of La Rioja, Ribera del Duero, Navarra, and Txacoli (famous for its dry white). Spend four days in this charming area, sleeping in quaint walled towns and wine tasting at the country's most internationally acclaimed vineyards. Enjoy vintages at famous producers as well as exclusive tasting sessions at tiny farmhouses that have been delighting the wine community for centuries. The overnight stops are wonderfully atmospheric, featuring four of Spain's most traditional and well preserved medieval towns, including Pamplona and San Sebastian.
On day eight you fly to Barcelona where this wine tour culminates with Mediterranean flavors. Penedes and Priorat are the outstanding regions here. Breezy mountain slopes and unusual soil have helped craft magnificent cavas and unique earth flavored reds. As always, the exact daily itinerary will be tailored to your tastes and specifications as your guide selects from a variety of acclaimed vineyards. Take day trips into these two regions then spend your evenings in the heart of historic Barcelona, surrounded by ambient streets and the unusual architecture that inspired the world. The city's best restaurants add further excitement to the tongue. Throughout the tour, your guide will assist in boxing and posting your wine purchases, ensuring the best of Spain dominates your cellar for years to come.
$8,575 per person (excluding international flights)
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