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Savor this amazing tradition in Castilla, Spain.

Together with Bodegas owners, workers, neighbors you will be part of a rare opportunity of this once-a-year happening.

In the busiest part of the year, you will visit their properties, take part of the manual harvesting, press the grapes and obviously taste the first juice of the year!

In the middle of Castilla, a traditional high quality wine area, visited mainly by Spanish people, an ancient tradition is celebrated. They give thanks to nature and feel grateful for their grape collection.
A non-touristic event in which you will be surrounded by joyfulness and people proud of their culture.
They will be willing to share every single moment with you.

 

An experience that gives the traveler the most extensive view on what the Spanish wine has to offer.
We are going to visit different wineries located in the different Denominations of Origin, at the busiest time of the wineries being grape collection time and it also gives the opportunity to go inland and taste the best wines in the Ribera de Duero (Wine Region of the Year 2012), Toro and Cigales. We will stay in Valladolid known like the “city of wine”.

 

Day 1 Madrid-Valladolid
Welcome to our Spanish wine tour, pick up at Madrid Airport by our guide and transfer to Valladolid by high speed train.

Day 2 Toro
The province of Zamora is located in the west of the region of Castilla and León. The wine production area governed by the Toro Denomination of Origin (D.O.) is situated to the southeast of the province of Zamora, and includes part of the natural regions of “The Land of Wine”, The Land of Toro”, “The Land of Bread” and “The Farmlands”.

The Regulating Body for the Toro Designation of origin currently guarantees over 50 wineries. Its evolution over recent decades has placed this wine as protagonist of the magma of wine reviews at both national and international levels.

  • Visit to Quínola Winery, that is a craft winery and its processes are made by hand with the concept of “garage wine”, we will take part of the winery labors . Their wines form part of the Toro Denomination of Origin (D.O.).
  • Visit to Quinta de la Quietud winery that is surrounded by 22 hectares in the heart of the D.O. Toro, on the left bank of the River Douro . Produces wines with personality and respect for nature.
    Certified organic vineyard since 2002. 
  • We will also have a delicious lunch in the middle of the vineyard enjoying the amazing landscape.

Day 3: Cigales

  • The Cigales Denomination of Origin (D.O.), covering an area of 2,700 ha, is the smallest high-quality wine making area within the region of Castile and León.
  • We will enjoy a visit at La Legua vineyards and winery that are located on the Finca de La Legua, a family-owned estate. They are committed to offering quality wines which form part of the Cigales Denomination of Origin (D.O.), with a character and personality of their own.
    To achieve this, their red wines and rosés are produced exclusively with painstakingly cultivated and carefully selected grapes from the Estate of La Legua.

Lunch in La Soborna restaurant that is ideal for enjoying the best cuisine, where quality and excellent price will delight the most discerning palates. They do some dishes full of flavor in the purest tradition of Spanish cuisine.

In the afternoon we will visit a craft cheese factory, a family company whose production is geared to the manufacture of various products, without additives or preservatives, from sheep’s milk out of their own livestock.
It is situated in Mucientes with less than 700 inhabitants which maintains a strong rural identity, famous for its rosé wines.

Day 4: Ribera de Duero
The prestigious Wine Region, one of the top two in Spain, covers three provinces (Valladolid, Burgos and Soria) and known already in roman times for its product, dedicates the majority of its production to premium red wine.

In the morning we will get to know the magnificent landscape and wine processes at the stylish Cepa 21.
Here you will enjoy a grape collection workshop and taste their wines.
We will have lunch in the Abadía de Retuerta vineyards with their magnificent ancient trees dotted around the estate have witnessed centuries of history. They offer a choice of delicious aperitifs served against magnificent backdrops, giving you the chance to admire these superb specimens and truly breathtaking views.
Abadia de Retuerta is a thousand year-old tradition “secular legacy” located in a 12th century monastery. A luxury place with a comprehensive cultural, wine and culinary offer in the heart of the Valley. Amazing nature.

Day 5: Valladolid-Madrid
Transfer to Madrid by high speed train, pick up in Madrid Railway Station, transfer to Madrid Airport and end of the trip.

 

 

DATES:
For a group between: 10 to 16 people: 1,035€ :
Wednesday 7th to Sunday 11th October 2015

For independent or individual travelers please contact us. When happens? 15 September to 20 October
We will quote you accordingly to the amount of people and your dates.
For 2 -4 people we offer “Fly & Drive” option.

Book on time! Hotels get booked by wine professionals.

The tour includes:

  • 4 nights in 4* Hotel Gareus in Valladolid city centre, B&B.
  • HALF BOARD. Lunches in Quinta la Quietud, La Soborna and Abadía de Retuerta.
  • Wineries Visits (subject to availability): Quínola, Quinta de la Quietud, La Legua and Cepa 21.
  • Winery visit includes standard top quality wines (for Premium wines there is a surcharge)
  • Microbus during all the stay.
  • Guide in English & Spanish
  • High speed train: Madrid-Valladolid and transfers from/to airport and railway station.
  • High speed train: Valladolid-Madrid and transfers from/to airport and railway station.

Does not include:
Personal travel insurance (however as a registered tour operator Michi Moments Travel complies with EU legal requirements)
Tips, and meals/drinks outside the listed above.

Notes:
Meals can be rearranged to cater for dietary/religious requirements.
The grape collection does not have previously established dates, it depends on the maturity of the grape so it is not ensured that the trip match exactly with the grape collection.

General terms & conditions:

  • All the hotel, restaurants and visits are subject to availability. They may be changed to similar characteristics.
  • 30% deposit on acceptance of the itinerary with prices.
  • Balance payment 30 days in advance of 1st activity date.
  • Cancellation terms: Michi Moments Travel AB will refund 50% of the payment if the cancellation occurs more than 72 hours before starting date. No cancellation fee will be granted after that time.

 

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