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 Valencian Cellar Tours 
 
  
            ** Requena Wineries Premium Full Day **   option 2 or 3 wineries 


Red_vines_of_Bobal.jpg 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 it´s wine territory "par exellence" whose innovative vineyards  produce medal-winning wines in Spain & internationally. The thriving market for Spanish wines has led to a tremendous lift in quality of sleepy appellations like Utiel-Requena. 
Wine has been made here since the Phoenicians & we may visit the 10thC Caves excavated by the Moors that still contain large clay amphorae relics of the past.

 The area nowadays boasts stunning reds, mineral & exotic fruit laden dry whites, refreshing dry rosados & long aged creamy Cava based on chardonney.  So much has changed in quality even in the last few years it´s remarkable !

 

**Choose between 2 or 3 vineyard visits with additional wines tasted**

The Premium 3 bodega tour tastes an exhaustive list of top organic red, white, rosado & long aged vintage Cava dry wines; promoting local varieties like Bobal, Garnacha & French nobles such as Syrah, Cab franc/sauv. & Viognier.

Guiding by a professional WSET/Sommelier who now makes his own Bobal wines. With a revealing behind the scenes tour you learn about wine from a winemaking perspective & also gain insight into the lesser understood Cava.

 Enjoy "generous" guided tastings of 16+ wines including my own Bobal 2022 vintage wines from a 1hct "centenary" bush vine lieu-dit!

We visit 3 unique wineries; an eclectic mix of garagiste micro-bodega with minimal intervention & restored old bodegas with charming surroundings housing Bordeaux know how. They produce some of the finest wines; several pertaining to category DO Pago for select Cru vineyards  & vintage "Cava de Requena"  wines.

Tastings are with maridaje of DOP embutido, cured cheese & estate olive oil, your tour including 3 course lunch fare +  DO wine at our chosen restaurant & visit medieval Requena.

You often meet owners, taste more wines than the itinerary!

 

 Wine tasting old cellar c1850Barrel hall underground with French oak  Centenary bobal winter

Itinerary overview - " We commence our morning visit at  a small garagiste bodega with artisan wines focusing on autoctono varieties. Organic dry agriculture with hand harvest using only autoctono yeasts we first visit my historic 100yr old 1hct bobal vineyard and appreciate these relics of viticulture. Being well rooted in the land they achieve an equilibrium that deserves respect for their few  concentrated berries. At the small rustic cellar in Requena we shall taste Martán Bobal wines plus whole berry dry Garnacha & Bobal reds, a unique dry Rosé or rare Tardana white! Wines served with local embutido.

Depending on time of year (winter for comfort) we may choose to alternatively visit Vegalfaro, an Organic family Pago Estate  explaining their viticulture/techniques  with use of French, USA, Hungarian oak & clay amphorae. Their limestone based cru Pago de Los Balagueses, produces exceptional Syrah, Garnacha & Chardonney & our premium tastings feature these wines with maridaje cured cheese, charcouteria, estate olive oil. Guided tasting in  glazed salon overlooking vineyards &  often joined by the owner/winemaker to chat to you. 

Our next winery (or 1st on 2 bodega tour) winery, Pago Chozas Carrascal Estate is a revamped farmhouse winery. The tour is a wine 101 of interesting facts often not explained from viticulture to wine & Cava making with guided tastings of  5+ top Pago wines & a special Cava G.Rsva. I tailor the wines to suit your tastes. A relaxed visit with time in vineyard, see the various types of fermentation vessel,  barrel aging & fudre oaks explained with impressive barrel hall. 

Cava en rima in cellar

Cava in pupitres Requena

 

Step down to the cool Cava cellar, Spain´s only traditional method sparkling Denominacion de Origin ..so what makes tiny bubbles & what´s the deal with Cava vs Champagne or Prosecco? We tell you the secrets. You visit the owners restored home & antique cellars circa 1870, modern art works plus other quirky items ..followed by guided tasting of the top wines with maridaje charcouteria, cheeses & estate olive oil ...a great selection for you with notable lift in quality in recent vintages! Plus older vintages from owners collection!   The visit is approx. 2.5hrs  

Almost lunchtime, so we visit historic Requena town with a walkabout to view it´s churches, old plaza ..pausing  for a quality 3 course lunch & old vine wine, café & liquer. A Moors cave visit is often possible subject to timings.

 

Our afternoon or 3rd winery  visits a historic regenerated chateau property with heritage funded in 1901, former Dominio de Arenal, now housing a modern avantgarde winery but also focusing on autoctono Bobal, use of Pinot Noir in Cava Rosé  &  also some curious natural wines or Bodega Mustiguillo; Pago pioneer in Bobal with exceptional wines, property & rigourous research to understand vineyard soil to vine compatibility/training.  All tastings of the top organic wines of the wineries with maridaje embutido & chocolate & guided visits of their impressive cellars, arriving back at Valencia 1830-1900hrs approx. or earlier on request.  

Note - As our tours are by private appointment we may switch bodegas to another of status such as Hispano-Suiza  etc.. to offer you the best tour on the day. Tours are flexible as bodegas are not always available for our private tour format.

 

 Rich in history &  culture Requena has a tradition in winemaking dating from the Phoenicians, perfected by the Romans & later the Moors/Christians.

The gastronomy is based on strong, robust fare & famous for its artisan cured sausages which of course you will taste.. but also a new, avantagarde club of young chefs with more creative dishes is taking over; similiarly, recently graduated winemakers are releasing exciting, finer, fresher wines ! 
Wineries here use traditional methods of production with the lastest technology & a modern "toque" to create intriguing wines especially from the smaller micro-bodegas we visit .
Many wines are still fairly unknown outside Spain but Requena is gaining stature;  reimaging its fine tuned Bobal & Merseguera, consistant 
accolades from Robert Parker´s guru Luis Gutiérrez plus the recent grant for "Cava de Requena" confirming its quality status! 

Barrel hall tastingTerraced vines San Antonio

  Castillo de Requena
  

                                                                                                                                                                                      Iglesia San_Salvador 14thc rebuilt brick bell_tower

Price guide :  - Euro 249 p/p  based on 2 pers. attending visit  2 vineyard estates  10+ wines tasting

                       -  Euro 289 p/p  based on 2 pers. attending visit  3 vineyard estates  16+ wines tasting

                       -  Prices variable with number persons attending  - If we run a tour with over 2 pers. you benefit from  lower rate. 

                           Discount for larger groups.     

                           Inc.3 cse quality lunch & DO Utiel-Requena old vine wine, Requena visit, guided vineyard/visits & premium                                tastings.      

Itinerary: - Pickup hotel in Valencia  0930hrs or  earlier 0845hrs *for 3 winery Full Day.

 Feria de Embutido de Requena

                  - Morning winery guided visits, premium tastings 5+ wines,                                                maridaje, olive oil + *option 2nd winery premium tastings 4-5 wines                                inc. maridajé.                                   

                  - Short historic walk La Vila, 14thC Churches,Castle,Court Spanish                                 Inquisition etc.

                  - Quality lunch in Requena/Utiel 3 course, Utiel-Requena wine, min.water,                        café/liquer.  

                  - Afternoon vineyard/winery visit, premium tastings 5 wines/Cava, queso/embutido.                                   

                  - Return arrival in Valencia city approx. 18.30-1930hrs.  or sooner on request.                                                                                                                                                         barrel_room_Utiel.jpeg

Duration:
Full day  8-10hrs  variable on 2 vs 3 wineries visited.
 

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                            Photos below & some humour .....let´s not be too serious!                                         

 Postage Stamp NZ winery owners on professional visitsFudre 50hcl slavonian oakBobal 2023 harvest  

Clay amphora      Casa antigua de bodegaWine tasting humour but seriously ..

     

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