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"Wine tours, tastings and historic sites ...more than wine "                                                                   

WSET certifiedValencian Cellar Tours                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Valencian Cellar Tours, based in Valencia "the city of light" was formed  by Toni Martin.

The idea was to share the experience of visiting vineyards, soak up the ambiance of the vineyard landscape, old towns & of course the "taste discovery" of new wines!

Toni Martin meeting Peter Sisseck - Pingus R. del Duero The bodegas are mainly small, boutique, characterful wineries focusing on quality not quantity, all this pampering being evident in the glass!  The area maintains an authentic old Spanish character & still is relatively hidden from the tourist trail! 

 Toni, myself, am originally from Ireland not far from St. Patrick's resting place and although family worked in Guinness we always drank wine at the table. I have lived in Valencia for some years, exploring the vineyards and old towns, meeting growers and sampling the many varied wines. Wine has always been an interest, looking forward to my pilgrimages to vineyards in Spain, France & Italy.  As a member of the Asociacion de Sumilleres in Valencia & Wine Tasting Panel of Verema, I regularly taste wines on the market from all over Spain & attend various Regional & International wine fairs during the year. I hold the WSET  Advanced Certificate in Wines & Spirits awarded in London, Sommelier Intern. & various other certificates in wine/food inc. Sumiller Vinos de Jerez, Barista Master Class Esp., El Arte Cortar Jamon Cert/5 Jotas, Taller de Queseria Valdemanco.  .... Spain like Italy & France offer great wines, cuisine & culture.

In 2022 I decided to embark on my making my own wine,  acquiring an old plot of Bobal vines and partnered with a local bodega to produce Martán Wines. This old vineyard landscape and the honest wines produced has been a rewarding yet demanding experience and I welcome you to visit the vines and taste my wines . 

Valencia summer at beach

My other interests include the guitar and I am a keen road cyclist. Having travelled the province extensively I know the roadmap often better than locals !  

Purchasing services from small businesses like mine through booking agencies goes against the basic tenets of sustainable travel.

It also results in higher prices overall when small businesses with tight margins have to raise their prices to compensate for the large cut taken by booking agencies like TripAdvisor/Viator in my case 25+%. and not sustainable for my business.  I do not agree with Tourism Industrial Complex monopoly.

 Cheers, 

Toni Martin 

                                                                                                                              

Caña Pastorita tasting

 

Maria de Luna - Iglesia San Martin

 

 Explaining Cava

February 22, 2024