"Wine tours, tastings and historic sites ...more than wine"
Valencian Cellar Tours
** Requena Winery 1/2 Day **
Come with me 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 130 international awards in 2017. 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 & Garnacha 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. Then a fully 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 Cava 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 local cheese, Iberian charcouteria and also taste the estate Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Wines may be purchased 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 and I believe this is a unique wine experience....even for seasoned wine buffs..trust me!
Taking a panoramic scenic drive through wine countryside we make a short trip to Requena historic town with a stop at a local artisan shop (cured sausages, honey,pottery etc). Requena has it´s own DOP for embutido with unique recipes like "chorizo marinated in Cava" or "salchichon & walnuts"... local delicatessen at great 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. 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 and in air-con comfortable transport..
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 artisan cured sausages, largely prepared by hand using natural ingredients. Amongst the popular fiestas praising these products, the "Fiesta de la Vendimia" & the "Feria del Embutido" (Sausage Fair) are important social events for local Valencians.
Prices: From Euro 105 p/p variable with number people * (Discount large groups)
- Pickup at hotel by Mercedes in Valencia 0900hrs (possible pm visit 1200hrs by arrangement).
- Requena fully guided organic winery,vineyards visit & premium tastings/maridaje local cheese & charcouteria snacks.
-Short visit to historic Requena with stop at artisan cured sausage/local produce shop & Moors cave subject subject opening times.
- Return to Valencia for arrival 1400** (Valencian Lunchtime- lunch not included).
Duration: 4.5 -5 hours.
**We also offer a 3/4 Day visit inc. 2 vineyards, Wine/Olive oil tastings, maridaje tapa 0845-1530hrs (lunch not inc.)
- Please ask for availability.
*Sunday/Festive day supplement - Euro25 per booking.
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