Red, white and rosé. Wine tourism has no boundaries. And in recent years, we’ve seen an increase in the number of tourists to wineries all across Spain. In this post, I will recommend wineries with offers from open-air tastings to the opportunity to participate in the winemaking process. Smell, taste, enjoy and feel the pleasure of a glass of wine.
Hot air balloon ride with views of the Rioja vineyards and a visit to the Bodegas Muga (Haro, La Rioja): A hot balloon ride over the vast fields of Haro is a unique experience. It certainly is a groundbreaking idea within what is known as Enotourism or wine tourism. It’s affordable and above all, very original. Of course, being able to observe the Rioja vineyards from a bird´s eye view is priceless. Afterwards, you can party at Bodegas Muga. Some 20,000 people taste their wines tasted there each year, and many stay to eat and enjoy a good Rioja.
Wine Museum of Olite, Navarra: Here you can learn more about each phase of wine production. Compare the grape harvest of the past with that of today. Discover the meaning and principles of the wine harvest, the winemaking steps and maceration times. You will learn about the 11 varieties of grapes grown in Navarra. They compare the cycle of the vine with that of life and they also have playgrounds. It is a great place for visitors both big and small.
Weekend tasting of the best Ribera del Duero: It’s truly a treat to visit each of the wineries located in the vicinity of Aranda de Duero. I recommend visit to the fascinating Prado Rey de Rueda wineries as well as the wineries and vineyards of Real Sitio de Ventosilla. And you can enjoy a delicious lunch and wine pairing at their restaurant.
Discover the wines of Valdepeñas, Ciudad Real: Included in the denomination of origin of La Mancha, the wines of Valdepeñas are the most desired. In the famous Bodega García Carrión, there’s something for every taste: Tempranillo Crianza, Reserva, Gran Reserva and, best of all, Pata Negra. It is placed in American oak barrels, where it is stored for about 18 months. You can also witness the bottling process.
Relax with a glass of wine from Penedès, Catalonia: The spa – tasting combination could be very attractive to someone who is looking for a good wine, a moment of reflection, and also relaxation. There is a large selection of massage centers and spas in the Penedès region. And at d´Anoia Sant Sadurni, you can choose an introductory wine course that is accompanied by the best cuisine in the area, which will prove the importance of their relationship. Combining wine and food is an art.
To conduct your wine-related searches, here’s a useful website: www.entrevinos.org. You can use it to find the perfect wine experience or learn more about the relatively new wine tourism options.