Food & Wine Tours in Spain

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Centuries of tradition are imbued with the cuisine that defines Spain. Dine on pintxos in Basque Country, sip tantalizing vintages on the Empordá wine route, devour Moorish and Mediterranean dishes in Catalonia, and delight in the sherry of Andalusia. Reveal the heart and soul of Spain with a food and wine tour from Zicasso.

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Spain Food & Wine Tours

Spain Wine Tour at a Glance

You can indulge in some of the most revered wines in the world when on a tour of Spain's wine country.

Sip on a rich red wine and overlook the rolling hills of the picturesque region of La Rioja. Get lost amongst the whimsical landscapes of Don Quixote in Castilla La-Mancha and learn about local organic harvesting techniques. Sunbathe along the Mediterranean and tour Barcelona's downtown and bite into the very best of Catalonia's pintxos. Delight in this immersive Spanish wine tour experience among the most breathtaking landscapes this country has to offer.

History of Wine

You'll learn just as much about gastronomical innovation as local history and culture on this customized Spanish wine tour.

Spain boasts more than 1.2 million hectares of wine production from the rolling green hills of Northern Spain to the sun-kissed valleys of the south. Wine harvest has long since been a point of national pride, dating as far back as 4000 to 3000 BC.

Spanish wine tells a story of the many cultures that have called the country home throughout its history, from the Romans to the Moors. Beginning in 1492, with the Spanish Reconquista of the New World, wine production in the region skyrocketed as new grape varieties were discovered in places like Chile, Argentina, Mexico, and Peru.

Best Time to Visit

Spring/Summer: Visiting wine country during late spring and early summer offers ideal weather conditions and sightseeing opportunities. Regions such as Castilla La-Mancha, Barcelona, and La Rioja boast mild temperatures in the mid to high 60s/low 70s.

Fall: Autumn months, from late September through October are also ideal travel months while wine harvesting ensues. Temperatures once again drop from the steamy weather of July and August to a comfortable 70-degree high. Travelers should avoid a visit during winter months as November through February constitute the rainy season.

Which Regions to Visit

When planning your trip to Spain, consider making these ideal wine country destinations part of your itinerary.

Castilla La-Mancha: Break away from the hustle and bustle of the nation's capital to experience the very best of the Castilla La-Mancha countryside. You will feel as if you are stepping into a Don Quijote fairytale; massive windmills dot the rolling plains and winding dirt roads lead to charming rural villages and farmlands.

Catalonia: Travel east to the sparkling Mediterranean coast to dig your toes into the soft sand and indulge in local wine varieties unlike any other. It's impossible to tease Barcelona's culture from the region's exquisite flavors. This city is an absolute must along your Spanish wine tour.

La Rioja: Journey north to the beautiful region of La Rioja, nestled due south of the illustrious Basque Country. You'll immerse yourself in a rich blend of local culture as history and gastronomy converge. Many of the grape harvesting and wine production techniques used in this region span hundreds of years and are greatly admired throughout Spain.

Different Categories of Wine

Spain is revered for many aspects of its culinary excellence. Spanish wine is without a doubt one of the proudest culinary exports Spain offers.

Spain boasts nearly 400 grape varieties, although the most popular flavors come from approximately 20 grape varieties. These favorites include Bobal, Garnacha, and Tempranillo (red); Palomino, Verdejo, and Albarino (white); and Parellada, Macabeo, and Xarel-lo (Cava).

Red: Exquisite red wines are most prevalent in Valencia, La Rioja, and the Basque Country. Common varieties include Tempranillo and Garnacha, used to make full-body red wines.

White: Exceptional white wines can be found in Spain's northwest region of Galicia. The most popular wine varieties include Palomino, Verdejo, and Airen.

Cava: Cava is a sparkling Spanish wine produced in a fashion similar to that of French champagne. Production of Cava first began at the Codorniu Winery in the Catalonia region. Cava is still closely related to the region of Catalonia today but can also be found in other regions of Spain. The most common grape varieties include Macabeo, Parellada, and Xarel-lo.

Essential Experiences

The Spanish countryside offers a plethora of cultural and culinary delights. Take a look at these must-do experiences when traveling to the Spanish wine country.

Castilla La-Mancha Countryside Tasting: Here, you can visit iconic vineyards including La Bodega de las Estrellas and Bodega Mont Reaga. You'll learn about the process of organic wine making and observe the harvesting process up close. Round off the day with a tour of Don Quixote highlights as you stroll through beautiful Toledo and quaint nearby villages like Consuegra.

La Rioja History and Fine Wine: During the first half of the day, embark on a hike through the stunning countryside in areas like the Sierra de la Demanda and Sierra de Cebollera Natural Park. Then take a short tour of Logrono's historic downtown before taking in the views from a private bodega and joining your expert sommelier in a customized wine tasting experience.

Barcelona's Best Bites and Local Wine Sampling: Begin the day with a tour through the Gothic Quarter and admire the whimsical artwork of acclaimed architect, Antoni Gaudi. Enjoy an afternoon at the beach or along La Barceloneta before joining your private guide on a tapas tour of Barcelona's very best paired with the most beloved local wine variety.

Travel Considerations

Make all of your travel logistics a breeze by scanning these easy-to-implement travel tips.

Weather

Spain's wine country is revered for its lush, green rolling hills and mild temperatures year-round. When traveling to cities like La Rioja, Barcelona, and Castilla La-Mancha, the best time to visit is late spring or early summer when temperatures average 60 to 70 degrees.  Autumn months, particularly late September and October are also ideal travel months since the harvest season is in full swing. Be aware that winter months in Northern Spain often bring considerable rainfall. Use caution when planning a trip between November and March. If you do plan to travel during this time, bring proper rain attire and footwear.

In the case of rain or inclement weather, travelers also have a variety of indoor activities to enjoy. In La Rioja, for example, visitors can explore the Vivanco Museum of Wine and Culture and attend a private wine tasting. In Barcelona, art museums, like the Pablo Picasso Museum abound. In Castilla La-Mancha, travelers can get lost in the whimsy of small-town living or venture to Toledo or the nation's bustling capital city nearby.

Transportation

International travel to and from Spain is made easy via international airports in cities like Barcelona, Valencia, and Madrid.

In major metropolitan areas like Barcelona, it's easy to get around via metro, bus, and taxi.

When exploring the illustrious landscapes of Spain's wine country, travelers should plan private ground transportation ahead of time. Spain's coach bus company, ALSA, offers intercity transport in Northern Spain, although travelers should plan their schedule ahead of time and account for less frequent daily trips during the off-season (winter months).

Packing

Travelers should take into account the weather considerations below to ensure comfortable travel attire, especially in terms of footwear and outerwear.

In terms of luggage, travelers should consider bringing a backpack or a bag with handles as Spain's streets are often lined with cobblestone, which makes navigating historic downtown areas difficult.

Weather Considerations

Travelers should pack durable walking shoes or hiking boots, especially during autumn and winter as weather can be rainy in Northern Spain.

Summers are mild but warrant lighter layers and short sleeves or shorts. Travelers should also pack swimwear for summertime visits to the beach.

Electrical Considerations

Spain operates on the 230-voltage system. Electrical outlets take a two-pronged, round plug. Travelers should bring an outlet converter with them.

Pharmaceutical Considerations

Pharmacies are readily available throughout Spain, although some pharmacies may close on Sundays. Travelers are encouraged to pack all prescribed medications.

Cultural Considerations

Spain is famous around the world for its bar and tapas scene. This often includes a cana or glass of wine.

While Spaniards enjoy high-quality local wine from regions like La Rioja and Basque Country, the culture is warm and welcoming and does not require previous knowledge of wine. Travelers can benefit from one-on-one wine classes with their private sommelier or opt for a group tour of the vineyards. In some cases, travelers are free to wander the vineyards before their guided tasting class. It's wise to make reservations ahead of time as spots fill up quickly and not all vineyards will allow travelers to embark on a self-guided tour.

Travel Insurance

You’ve booked your dream vacation, now protect it with travel insurance. A wide range of factors can leave your vacation in limbo. Medical emergencies, inclement weather, and unexpected cancellations can cause turmoil for your trip, so in the unlikely event of a disaster, get the travel insurance coverage that provides peace of mind. To get a quote, visit our travel insurance page.

Flights Via Zicasso

Zicasso Air Desk is an international air ticketing service that eliminates the stress of finding and booking the right flights for your upcoming vacation by employing the same personalized service you can expect from planning a trip with Zicasso. Our competitive flight pricing, 24x7 Service & Support, and Complimentary Consultation of Routing vs. Pricing with an Expert Flight Specialist make finding the perfect flight for your trip effortless.

Travel Documents

Making sure that you are carrying the appropriate travel documents is essential for any traveler when visiting Spain. For this reason, during your trip, you should be sure to pack the proper paperwork to ensure the most pleasant and problem-free travel experience. Listed below are some of the most important documents to have on you while traveling in Spain:

  • Personal medical information
  • If you have any medical issue(s), you should carry information regarding your condition from your doctor, especially any medication that you are taking
  • Emergency contact information
  • Passport and visa (if necessary)
  • Proof of airline tickets and reservations
  • Customs forms and documents
  • Hotel or accommodation reservations
  • Travel and medical insurance (see above section regarding this)

Your Zicasso travel specialist will be able to provide requirements that are specific to your trip, though responsibility always lies with the traveler to ensure that all is in order. Travel requirements can and do change often to no notice, so all are wise to stay updated as your trip comes near.

Finances & Tipping

Most wineries will require full payment upon booking. Bookings can be easily completed online using any major credit card.

ATMs are readily available throughout Spain. Major credit cards are accepted, including American Express, MasterCard, and Visa.

Bartering is not very common in Spain. Tipping is also uncommon, although patrons can offer a few euros as a tip for excellent service.

For additional suggestions about tipping hotel staff and guides, you can consult with your Zicasso travel specialist for specific guidelines.

Safety and Accessibility of Resources

You can ensure a safe and enjoyable trip to Spain by keeping in mind these safety tips.

Overall, Spain is a very safe country. Travelers have easy access to resources such as pharmacies and hospitals in all major cities. Travelers should feel free to travel throughout the countryside without any major safety concerns.

Crime Rate

Spain's crime rate is low, among the lowest in Europe, and continues to decline.

Things to look out for

Especially when traveling in the Spanish countryside, travelers should not be concerned about safety. In larger cities, travelers should carry money, passports, etc. in a money belt or inner coat pocket.

Medical & First Aid

Pharmacies are readily available throughout Spain, as are medical and first aid resources. Travelers should be aware, however, that pharmacy hours may be limited when visiting small towns.

In the evening of injury or illness, travelers can consult with their private Zicasso trip specialist to locate regional emergency services.

It is recommended that international travelers consult with a primary care physician prior to travel, and this information is not intended as a substitute for personalized guidance from a doctor.

Water & Food Safety

There are no major food or water restrictions for travelers in Spain. However, travelers with allergies or specific food preferences should be clear about their restrictions or preferences when eating out. (Locally, a vegetarian diet, for example, may include consumption of fish.)

Travel with Zicasso

Consider planning your next trip with Zicasso to make the most of your fine wine getaway in Spain.

When planning a luxury vacation, every detail matters, which is why our approach is different. We will match you with leading travel specialists who are the most qualified to make your dream trip happen. They know their country better than anyone, and each travel specialist in Zicasso’s network is among the finest travel agents and tour operators, comprising of the top tier of the industry. Experience the wonder of an exceptional itinerary crafted just for you.

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