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   Valencian Cellar Tours                                                               220px-Pape_avignon_benoit13.jpg

          **  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.vines_chapel_30.jpg

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 and originality. Pertaining to unique, organically farmed and 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 and finesse...impressive yes !  Wines have very low suphites, little and 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 get a chance to see those trees... 

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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 cobbpeniscola_4.jpgled 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 .                                    

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    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! 

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     Itinerary :  - Pick-up Valencia city 0830-0845hrs / Returning at Valencia 1930-2030hrs, at your request 

                           - Fully detailed Organic vineyard visits/tastings & estate Extra Virgin Olive Oil

                           - Quality  4 cse lunch with DO. Wines in Peñiscola . 

                           -  Peñiscola historic city walkabout exploring with Pope Luna Castle +  Botanic Gardens visit. 

                           -  Maritime Museum optional if desired .

        Price :  - Euro  tbc  per person 

                          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 

                               wine making process  +34 617 969 975           email :   info@valenciancellars.com

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