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Valencian Cellar Tours
** Requena Wineries Full Day Tour **
Enjoy a fantastic day of wine tasting & discover the artisan wines of the "old world" !
Heading west out of Valencia city we arrive at Requena town. Lying 70km from the mediterranean its wine territory "par exellence" whose innovative vineyard estates produce medal-winning wines both nationally & internationally. The thriving market for Spanish wines has led to a tremendous lift in the quality of sleepy appellations like Utiel-Requena where winemaking is the main source of income.
The area nowadays boasts a vast range of stunning reds, lively, mineral & exotic fruit laden dry whites, refreshing rosados & higher end creamy Cava with finesse based on chardonney.
We visit two award winning bodegas that produce some of the finest Cava, Crianza & Reserva wines of the D.O Utiel-Requena, the area also encompassing estates pertaining to the new category DO Pago for select Cru vineyards. It's a full day visit with a 3 course rustic Requenense lunch acompanied by local Viñas Viejas (old vine) Bobal wines ! Vineyard choice is varied depending on how we view the current vintage !
A simplified overview would read as --- start the tour in the vineyard with a little history about the winery & an insight into vine growing..we talk about the different grape varieties on the estate & if near harvest time, you can actually compare & taste grapes like Tempranillo, Bobal or Merlot directly from the vine! You will learn more about the wine making process, from the harvest, the fermentation tonels etc .. moving on to the Barrel Hall, with the cedary-vanilla bouquet of the wines aging in French & American oak casks.
Step down to the cool cellars of Cava, Spain´s only traditional method sparkling Denominacion de Origin .... so what makes the tiny bubbles & what´s the difference versus Champagne? We tell you the secrets and explain how they make an elegant, creamy Cava ! You then of course have the pleasure of tasting the estate´s premium wines & Cava in the Tasting Salon.
Visitors also have the opportunity to purchase wine and other local products directly from the cellar at prices you won´t believe!
Rich in history and culture Requena has a tradition in winemaking dating from the Phoenicians, perfected by the Romans & later the Moors.
The gastronomy is based on strong, robust fare and famous for its artisan cured sausages which of course you may sample!
Wineries here use the traditional methods of production with the lastest technology & a modern "toque" to create award winning wines.
Many of the wines are still fairly unknown outside Spain but Requena is gaining stature, two Cava Bruts selected as "Best Cava in Spain" already in the Madrid Enoforum and a string of gold medals throughout Europe and the USA, not to mention recent accolades from Robert Parker.
Price : - Variable with number people
If we run a tour with over 2 pers. you benefit from lower rate.
(Inc.3 cse lunch & DO Utiel-Requena old vine wine, guided vineyard visits & prem. tastings)
Itinerary: - Meeting Valencia 0915hrs or ** 0840hrs
- Morning Winery guided estate/bodega visit & premium tastings
- Short Historic walk La Vila, 14thC Churches, Court Spanish Inquisition etc.
- Lunch in Requena 3 course, Utiel-Requena wine,cafe
- Afternoon 2nd winery & vineyard visit, Premium tastings, Estate olive oil
- Return to Valencia city approx. 18.45hrs. or sooner on request.
Duration: - Full day
*Sunday/Festive Day tour supp. Euro25 per booking. +34 617 969 975
*Refund available up to 48hrs (weekdays) prior to tour date