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Valencian Cellar Tours
** Wines of Castelló & Peñiscola Castle **
Historically during Roman times Castellon (Castelló) possessed much larger vineyard areas producing wines from varieties such as moscatel de Alejandria & mourvedre, a viticulture which continued for centuries until the arrival of philoxera and later uprooting of hybrid vines combined with restrictive legislation favouring citrus agriculture . With a resurgence of winemaking in Castelló under the "Vino de la Tierra de Castellon", older vineyards are being recovered and traditions brought back to life with both native Spanish and newer plantings of French varietals.
We propose a premium full day visit to the interior of Castelló visiting two rural vineyards tasting a range of red & white wines reflecting terroir & originality. Pertaining to unique, organically farmed & almost completely natural forms of winemaking it is a far cry from more developed viticultural regions. One viticultor produces the first sparkling cuvee´s of Castelló with remarkable depth & finesse...impressive yes ! Wines have very low suphites, little & often zero filtration with an honest, minimalist approach ..without artificial adjustments. The landscape is rich with olive and almond trees and a sense being wild and somewhat isolated from modern life and you will see this for yourself as we journey inland. Indeed our vineyards also grow olives, almonds and make olive oil too on a small artisan basis. Some olive trees date back 800yrs and you may have a chance to see those trees...
Our vineyard experience is complimented with a fine lunch with an opportunity to explore the Castle of Pope Luna & the walled historic city of Peñiscola. The Templars castle (1294-1307) is one of the best-preserved medieval fortresses of Castelló and was former home of Pope Benedict XIII (Pope Luna). The "Knights Templar" built this Romanesque work on the remains of the old Arab citadel and is similiar in style to others in the Holy Land & Catalonia. The castle was used as the set for "Game of Thrones" 2015 & the film "El Cid " 1961 featuring Charlton Heston.
Walking the cobbled streets that weave the city is like travelling back in time and immersing oneself in the Middle Ages. Phoenicians, Greeks followed by Carthaginians, Romans & Arabs sailed the prosperous Mediterranean to this advantageous location, being an impregnable fortress with kind climate & provision of fresh water from springs under the citadel. The monuments & historic artifacts are numerous to detail here & include Templars Castle, 3 Fortress entrances heraldic escudos, Artillery Depot (now botanic garden), Plaza de Armas, Virgin de la Ermitana church, parish church, Lighthouse ca. 1892, Martime Museum and more..
Views from the castle and higher elevations of the city are spectacular with mountain backdrop of Natural Parks Els Ports & Tinença de Benifassà & coastline .
The fishing port has daily a fish market supplying the local restaurants with fresh seafood .
The few photos here show a little about the day...a worthy trip for wine, history and exploring the Mediterranean. Contact us for further details!
Itinerary : - Pick-up Valencia city 0830hrs / Returning at Valencia 1930-2030hrs, at your request
- Fully detailed Organic vineyard visits/tastings & estate Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Quality 3 cse lunch with DO. Wines in Peñiscola .
- Peñiscola historic city walkabout exploring with Pope Luna Castle + Botanic Gardens visit.
- Maritime Museum optional if desired .
If we run a tour with over 2 pers. you benefit from a lower rate. If no group to join then as private 2 pers. booking.
*Larger group discounted.
*Festive day/Sunday supp. Euro25 per booking
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