As of recent, we’ve been fortunate enough to hear from you all, which has been great because it shows that we are providing a useful tool to learn about Portuguese and Spanish wines. However, there is one particular line of questioning that I would like to turn our attention to, who can you visit when you only have a few days? Where can someone get a tour of a winery and learn how Spanish wine is made? Unfortunately, although it is a great question, it is also one of the hardest questions to answer. Although, Spaniards talk a lot about “eno-toursimo” or “wine tourism”, wine tourism generally consists of a tour being listed in an overly fancy guidebook which will rarely have either accurate information or the ability to get you through the front door.
Fortunately, this is changing. I not only have a friend in the Alicante who dedicated to improving eno-tourism, but I also know some forward thinking bodegas who are really trying to incorporate tourism into the Spanish culture. Personally, I think one of the reasons that Spanish wine has never “exploded” on to the world stage is because they are lacking in tourism. When someone visits your bodega, they will remember the experience by purchasing your wine. Simple logic, but hard to explain to a culture that doesn’t embrace it as of yet.
Today, we’ve decided to push the envelope a bit to aid you in your eno-tourism experience here on the Iberian Peninsula. Wecome to Catavino’s new Iberian Wine Map and Tourism Reference Chart! Completely based on our personal experiences, this map is here solely to help you find places to visit. Additionally, we’ll provide some wine shop suggestions along with some intriguing points of interest. If you have any that you would like to add to our make based on your travel throughout the Iberian Peninsula, please don’t hesitate to let us know. I’ll leave my other projects to make maps with richer content, but for now, this is an easy way to follow along from a visual perspective!