"Wine tours, tastings and historic sites ...more than wine"
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. Wine has been made in this area since the Phoenicians and we may also visit the 10thC Caves excavated by the Moors still containing the original intact large amphora used later by the Christians. (foto below)
The area nowadays boasts a range of stunning reds, lively, mineral & exotic fruit laden dry whites, refreshing dry 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 trip with a 3 course flavoursome Requenense lunch acompanied by local Viñas Viejas (old vine) Bobal wines!
**Also available is a Requena Full Day 3 winery option starting earlier at 0845hrs although in my experience the classic Requena Full Day is quite adequate with many wines tasted.
An itinerary overview - "Commence the visit 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 it´s during near time you will be able to compare the different grapes ...at times we often get the chance to sample from the barrels with the enologist! 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 Cava vs Champagne or Prosecco? We tell you the secrets and explain how they make Cava! You then of course have the pleasure of tasting the estate´s premium wines & Cava with maridaje of charcouteria, cheese etc & award winning Estate Extra Virgin Olive Oil. By now it will be almost lunchtime, so we now visit historic Requena town with a walkabout to view it´s churches, old plaza .. stopping for a 3 course lunch with artisan wine, mineral water & cafe. A Moors cave visit may also be possible subject to opening times.
After lunch we visit our afternoon Organic vineyard with different techniques & vineyard/wine making philosophy offering distinct, original wines from their terroir. Again a guided visit with some quirky noval ideas and guided tastings of their best wines & Cava. At 1800hrs we make our way back to Valencia arriving 1850hrs approx. or earlier on request.
Visitors have the opportunity to purchase wine & other local artisan gifts such as Extra Virgin Olive Oil directly from cellars at good prices !
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 & 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 the many recent accolades from Robert Parker´s guru Luis Gutiérrez.
Price : - From Euro 179 p/p - variable no. pers.
If we run a tour with over 2 pers. you benefit from a lower rate. Discount for larger groups.
(Inc.3 cse lunch & DO Utiel-Requena old vine wine, Requena visit ,guided vineyard visits & prem.tastings)
Itinerary: - Pickup hotel in Valencia 0920hrs or 0845hrs** for 3 winery Full Day
- am. winery/wineries** guided visits, premium tastings/maridaje/olive oil
- Short historic walk La Vila, 14thC Churches, Castle, Court Spanish Inquisition etc.
- Lunch in Requena 3 course, Utiel-Requena wine,mineral water,cafe
- Afternoon vineyard/winery visit, premium tastings, almonds,rosquilletas .
- Return arrival in Valencia city approx. 18.50hrs. or sooner on request.
Duration: - Full day 8-10hrs
+34 617 969 975
*Sunday/Festive Day tour supp. Euro25 per booking.