Walking through vineyards, tasting, talking with winemakers about landscapes, family and grape varieties. Going to a party organised in the middle of a vineyard. Taking delight in special food and wine pairings especially designed by the local chefs. Anywhere you’d be around Spain, you’d be surprised of how many enotouristic options you’ve got, especially as each and every region has its own traditions, its famous local bodegas, its own specialties and stories to share. Among them, some of the most famous are:
Penedès, in Catalonia
The influence of the sun and the Mediterranean sea make the Penedès a privileged territory for winemaking. In this environment, enjoying the sun in the vineyards, walking through the villages and towns and discovering the great wines of their cellars is a great experience. The Penedès region, located just 30 minutes from Barcelona and Tarragona, blessed with wonderful beaches and protected by mountains in the interior, has a remarkable landscape characterised by endless vineyards dotted with country houses, unique historical sites and a host of wineries that have made the Penedès region internationally famous.
This weekend you can enjoy a guided tour to Wines and Cavas Cuscó Berga cellar, on May the 19th, or fly over the region in a hot air balloon, or go to a spring party in the vineyards, on Sunday May the 20th. Click here for more details about the weekend.
Rioja Alta, in La Rioja
Rioja Alta is one of the most resolutely traditional bodegas of the renowned region of Rioja in Spain. It was founded in 1890 by a consortium of five Riojan and Basque families, and now commands an impressive vineyard portfolio of over 700 ha. They are also experts in wine tourism, offering unique experiences in matters of tastings, food and wine pairings, tours and events.
Rioja Alta organise tours on daily basis. Click here for more details on how to organise your trip.
Gonzalez Byass, in Andalucía
The Jerez Region provides a never-ending variety of wine-related tourist activities; a myriad of ways to experience the rich wine-culture of Jerez. It is well worth taking a visit to one of Jerez’s many sherry bodegas such as the renowned Gonzalez Byass. You can see how, and where, the five different types of the famous fortified wine are made, usually in huge cathedral-like buildings lined with barrels, including the all-important blending, even the making of the barrels, and then taste them for yourself.
To learn more about the Jerez route, click here for more details on how to organise your trip.
Cover photo: wine fields in La Rioja, near Haro. Design by Bearphotos/Freepik