"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) & 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 120 international awards in 2015. Good vintages & talented vintners have brought the Utiel-Requena region into a new era. You will encounter elegant, dry herbal rosés, delicate fresh Cavas focusing on chardonney & rich whites tinged with subtle toast of new oak & of course powerful, well structured red wines.. notably their unique "Centenary Bobal" vines yielding under 2kg complimented by noble grapes like Syrah & Merlot used to create 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 visit 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 & production hall, we enter the cool cellars and on to the barrel salon; a temple of aging Crianza & 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 excellent prices directly from cellar. *Although we have just outlined the visit here it is far from a typical wine tour one often encounters & despite the welcome competition of late I believe this is a unique wine experience...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. I confess it´s one of my 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 70km 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 myself, 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 : From Euro 79 p/p variable with number people .
Please ask about availability for the tour.
Itinerary: - Meeting Valencia 0920hrs 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 1430-1445hrs ** (Valencian Lunchtime)
Duration: - 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 supplement - Euro25 per booking.
*Refund available up to 48hrs (weekdays) prior to tour date
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