The Spanish Wine Holiday Survival Pack
written by John Perry | 7th December 2015
If one truly wants to experience the flavor of Spain, the southern region of Andalucía embodies every aspect of your wildest Spanish dreams: gypsy women parading regal horses down narrow, winding corridors during the Feria Seville; paper thin slices of cured jamon alongside fresh seafood; long white sand beaches that sparkle under 320 days of sun. For the history buffs among you, there are numerous majestic cultural heritage sites to visit, masterful works of art gracing ancient walls of cathedrals and small pueblito houses, not to mention the vast number of castles and fortresses that dot the region’s landscape.
On this 5 Day Tour you’ll not only savor mouthwatering Spanish cuisine, taste a wide range of Sherry wines, bathe in centuries of Roman and Moorish history, but you’ll relish a profound getaway in one of the most iconic white-washed villages of Spain.
(Photo by Jose Javier Martin Espartosa)
We were part of the 2016 Harvest Tour and had the experience of a lifetime! The Douro Valley is breathtakingly beautiful and our guides were wonderful. Ryan and Gabriella must have called in all of their personal favors because we met and drank wine with many winemakers, a wine shop owner and tasted ’72 port which Oscar Quevedo’s grandfather had made. Doesn’t get any more special than that!
After your private chauffeur drops you off at your luxury boutique hotel, take some down time to relax, refresh and prepare yourself for a delicious culinary tour. Your local guide will meet you at the hotel to take you on a guided tour of Sevilla’s sumptuous bites. Hidden deep within the serpentine streets, you’ll find familiar little restaurants providing traditional tapas such as: freshly sliced, paprika-spiced chorizo, delicious mojama, cured tuna from Cadiz, a piping hot freshly-made pork montadito, chicharrones covered in olive oil – pork belly goodness, free range acorn-fed Iberian ham, lightly cured sheep´s milk cheese, slow cooked pork cheek, lightly grilled sea bream in ajo blanco and juicy garlic prawns. Paired with a range of Spanish wines and live Flamenco, it’s difficult to find a more traditional experience.
Today, is for the history buffs among you who crave stunning architecture, textured stories and enough fine art to inspire a personal masterpiece. With your local cultural guide, you’ll tour Andalucía’s capital, Seville, starting with the Reales Alcázares (Royal Palace) – the purest and greatest examples of Mudejar (Christian-Muslim) architecture. Afterwards, you’ll visually devour Seville’s immense cathedral, one of the largest Christian churches in the world, followed by a leisurely stroll through the picturesque Barrio de Santa Cruz neighborhood with its narrow winding cobbled streets and whitewashed houses. When hunger strikes, your local guide will bring you to their favorite restaurant for a sumptuous bite of local flavors, or you can simply hang poolside with a tall cocktail and a mountain of fresh olives.
For those who adore cured Iberian ham, today is your very special day, as we’ll be travelling the backroads to a small family owned producer specializing in Spain’s revered Iberian pig. Your local guide and driver will escort you to the Sierra de Huelva where you’ll travel through the picturesque hilltop towns around Aracena & Jabugo. Here you’ll receive a personal tour of their acorn laden fields where the pigs roam freely, visit their salting and curing houses filled with rustic aromas of cured meats and enjoy a tasting of their very best aged meats. After a delicious lunch of regional dishes at a nearby restaurant, paired with a range of Spanish wines, you’ll be taken to an off-the-beat-track for spectacular panoramic views of the region prior to returning to Seville.
Today, we’ll head south to the Grazalema and Ronda Sierras to experience one of the most dramatic views on your tour! Ronda is a gorgeous mountaintop city that’s set dramatically above a precariously deep gorge, providing you outstanding vistas from your countryside boutique hotel. In route to Ronda, we’ll not only enjoy a private tour of an ancient olive mill that’s still in production, but will savor a mouthwatering rustic breakfast of country bread drizzled in virgin olive oil and sliced tomato. Afterwards, we’ll visit a local producer of the famous Payoyo cheese, where we’ll receive both a private tour and tasting. Then, on to Ronda for a bite of lunch, a look around the town and its impressive bullring and bridge, and finally an extensive tasting and tour of a local winery. If you were looking for the iconic Mediterranean experience, today is the day!
Today depart Ronda and head onto your next adventure in Spain, perhaps to Granada or Cordoba. Should you need some help customizing your experience, let us know. We’d love to help put together the perfect tour to fill your needs!
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