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    Valencian Cellar Tours 

                                                                      

 

 

**Wine of Valencia / Sagunto Castle-Roman Theatre**  plus El Puig Monastery & much more.


Intro. 

 An exciting journey to the past exploring the Roman fortress of Saguntum,  the Roman Theater & elements of Islamic-medieval Valencia. The tour combines impressive historic sites with a Romanic themed Wine tasting + Maridaje Brunch or Full 3 cse Lunch options at the foot of the amphitheatre. Wines from autoctono varieties  Monastrell, Garnacha & Moscatel were historically important from Camp de Mourvedre and our tasting represents these wines in various styles. Sadly the comarca fell from it´s Roman viticultural glory to a registered 100hct in 1975; mainly Moscatel & only 1hct of Mourvedre. The 1912 invasion of filoxera killed 90% of the vines and later, legislation changing agriculture ended the reign of vineyards in Campo de Sagunto....ironically then forming part of DO Valencia. We pay homage to to the Romans & the wines they exported to Rome.

 Sagunto Castle dates back to 5thC BC when the wealthy Iberian town of Arse was built. Conquered by Carthagenian Gen. Hannibal in 219 BC after an 8 month siege, it was  reconquered by Roman Castillo SaguntoPublio Cornelio Escipión (213-212 BC) and Arse became Saguntum. Thus comencing a period of Hispano-Roman splendor under protection of Rome with civil & religious constructions. Monuments preserved include the Forum, Theatre, Puerta del Circo, Templo de Diana, remains of  Roman bridge (Via Agustus), Plaza Romana, Roman road (Via Pòrtic) & Villa Romana

 During the Islamic domination (8thC) the city was called "Murbyter" and from this period the 11thC Castle is well preserved. After the Christian conquest by Jaime I in 1237, the city was renamed "Murviedro" or "Morvedre". Preserved from this era are the porticoed Plaza Mayor, Juderia, El Almudin granary, Palacial noblemens homes, Iglesia del Salvador 13thC & Santa Maria 14thC - located on the original mosque site. 

Since ancient times Sagunto has been visited by the Greeks, Phoenicians & Tartars whose viticultural practices propagated throughout the region and across the mediterranean.monestir_8665_1.jpg

El Puig Monastery

 

The Tour 

Our tour comences at El Puig Monastery..founded by King Jaime I "The Conquerer" in 1240 and it´s historical relevance is due to definitive confrontation of Valencia, the Battle of El Puig 1237. A church was completed by 1240 and affiliated with the Mercedarian order. Soon the church was insufficient for the flood of pilgrims seeking favors from the patroness of the Kingdom of Valencia, and in 1300, the present gothic church was built. In 1588 the imposing monastery was built and we visit the cloisters; the Salón Real, still used by monarchs on their visits to Valencia; the Salón Gótico of Jaume I with a replica of King Jaime´s sword and  Salón of Ceramics. Also of importance is The National Museum of Printing & Graphic works inc. collection 18thC Escuela Valenciana - highlights inc. Frescos of  Camarin de la Virgin.

Our visit is at 1000hr. approx. 1hr. duration in English,Spanish,Valenciano,Italian & German  ( NB. We may be part of another group as cannot be a closed private tour of Monastery).Monastery_Frescos_.JPEG 

We then make a short café stop, try a Valencian Moscatel de Alejandria aged wine or flambé coffee with savoury montadito before leaving El Puig to Sagunto. Wine or other beverage & tapeo snack included.

Arriving at Sagunto we visit many of the Roman antiquities listed above;  Castle with Forum, Almenara Gate, Military History Museum, South Gate of Roman Circus, the colossal amphitheatre I AD seating 4000 people being among the most impressive. As we weave our way through the old streets we view buildings & relics from the Islamic & medieval period such as; Church of Santa Maria constructed by Jaime I,  Jewish quarter, baths & burial cemetery, "Ermitas"  La Sangre, Magdelena & Calvary, Sagunto History Museum with Roman relics, Casa del Berenguer noble home & Plaza Mayor elements...passing interesting local art and craft shops on our accent to the castle. Order of route may vary.

Teatro_Romano_3_RED.pngTeatro Romano view

 

 Wine tasting maridaje lunch

Tasting local white wine on terrace

 

 

 * Our wine tasting  takes place opposite the Teatro Romano at Restaurante "Le Fou" at 1400hrs approx. consisting of 5 select wines inc. Vintage Fondillon with *maridajé 4 dishes  or 3 course lunch options.  Depending on weather, we may be in the garden terrace with Roman Fountain or in the salon with castle view. Viewing the last sites we then return to Valencia for approx. 1630hrs. 

The Wine Tasting Express (inc. charcouteria, cheese & pan)  is available  Tues-Sat &  Maridajé lunch or 3 Course Lunch option is  available Thur-Sat, pricing below. 

 

Itinerary -

   *Pickup at hotel at 0915hrs with tour of El Puig Monastery  1hr duration followed by café stop with Moscatel wine/                    flambé café/other refreshment with tapeo included. 

   *Historic guided visit of  Sagunto, viewing the most emblematic buildings & artifacts of  city, inc. Museums, Castle,                   Amphitheatre entrance fees.  

   *Wine tasting 5 wines (express inc. charcouteria/queso/pan) or  the creative 4 Maridajé tapa lunch or 3 cse Lunch options.

Walking the ramp to Castle gate

   

                                                

     

This tour includes stairs inside buildings, walking up & down inclined road to castle  with some rugged surfaces inside castle ruins. Walking shoes or trainers are a good idea and is not suitable for unfit, walking / health issues nor disabled people. 

Duration -     5+ hrs flexible return to Valencia approx 1600-1700hrs.                                                                                                 

Transport -  Private tour by Mercedes 

Lion at Roman_fountain

Prices -                                                                               

 

Wine Tasting + 4 Maridajé tapa option - Thur-Sat

   **Euro 159 p/p based on 2-4 pers.                                                                                                                  

   **Euro 149 p/p based on 5-8pers.    

 

Wine Tasting Express option -  Tues- Sat 

   *Euro 139  p/p  based on 2-4 pers. 

Plaza Mayor Sagunto

   *Euro 129  p/p  based on 5-8 pers.     

 

Wine Tasting  +  3 Course Lunch option - Thur-Sat

  **Euro 169  p/p based on 2-4 pers. 

  **Euro 164  p/p based on 5-8pers.                                                                                                                                                                                           

 

* Please enquire with larger groups for  discount rate and availability. 

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   Monastery El Puig by night   El Puig Monastery interior hall                                                                                                                    

Monastrell wine tasting at Le Fou

Royal Monastery El Puig