"Wine tours, tastings and other interesting visits...more than wine"
Valencian Cellar Tours
** Requena Winery 1/2 Day **
Come with us and discover the wines of Valencia´s "terroir" visiting a leading wine estate.
The D.O Utiel-Requena is the largest, highest (600-900m) and the furthest inland of the Valencian D.O´s possessing great growing conditions.
It´s the rising star of the Valencian wine regions collecting more than 100 international awards in 2014. Good vintages & talented vintners have brought the Utiel-Requena region into a new era. You will encounter elegant, expressive rosés, creamy aged Cavas focusing on chardonney, fresh & rich whites tinged with new oak and of course powerful, well structured red wines, notably their unique "Centenary Bobal" vines yielding under 2kg with noble grape plantings like Syrah & Merlot producing Pago estate wines .
These wines now compete with the more well known Spanish names and often outshine their competition !
We start in the vines looking at the viticulture techniques, differences like hand vs machine harvesting etc. and concept of terroir. You have a guided tour of the boutique winery explaining how they make their wines and Cava (the Spanish Champan) ....more of a mini 101 wine education with interesting facts from grape to bottle .
After a tour of the bodega & the production hall, we enter the cool cellars and on to the barrel salon, a temple of aging Crianzas & Reserva wines.
You then have the pleasure of tasting a selection of the estate´s Premium wines & Cava´s in the Tasting Salon, complimented with Spanish cheese,Iberian charcouteria & Spanish almonds. One may of course purchase wines at really excellent prices directly from cellar. *Although we have just outlined the visit here it is far from the typical wine tour one often encounters and despite the welcome competition of late we believe our tour experience is still unique....your guide makes your visit worth it ..it´s not just the wines. *
Taking a panoramic scenic drive through wine countryside we make a short trip to Requena historic town with a stop at a local artisan carniceria (sausage, game & meat seller) where you may taste local embutido; cured sausage with specialities like Chorizo marinated in Cava or salchichon & walnuts..... local delicatessen at amazing prices. We may confess it´s one of our favourite tapas with a glass of Cava !
Utiel-Requena with almost 40,000 hectares in vines is 2nd
largest producer of wine in Spain. Requena is located 69km from Valencia city.
Well connected by autovia it´s a journey of just under an hour from Valencia.
We offer trips for small groups from Valencia. Most tours are guided by Toni & the winery in English, so you are assured of a good understanding of wine & historical knowledge of the region.
Requena is a town rich in history and culture with a tradition of winemaking dating from Phoenician times.
The gastronomy is famous for strong, hearty dishes & its artesan cured sausages, largely prepared by hand using natural ingredients. Amongst the popular fiestas praising these products, the "Fiesta de la Vendimia" (Grape Harvest Festival) and the "Feria del Embutido" (Sausage Fair) are important social events for local Valencians.
Prices : - Euro tbc per person
Please ask about availability for the tour.
Itinerary: - Meeting Valencia 0915hrs or possible afternoon visit 1300hrs.
- Requena organic winery visit,vineyards & premium tastings-red/white/Cava
complimented with Manchego cheese, Charcouteria Iberico & local almonds.
- Short visit to historic Requena town with stop at cured sausage artisan. - photos below
- Return to Valencia for arrival 1430-1440hrs ** (Valencian Lunchtime)
Duration: - 4-5 hours.
**We also offer a 3/4 Day visit inc. Special 4 course lunch/Old Vine Crianza wines served in a charming restaurant in the medieval quarter returning Valencia approx. 1630hrs. - Please ask for availability.
*Sunday/Festive day sup. Euro25 per booking.
*Refund available up to 48hrs (weekdays) prior to tour date
+34 617 969 975