From Seville to Granada, across the Pueblos Blancos of the de la Sierra de Cádiz, ending up in the Sherry Triangle, this wine and food adventure will take you to see the very best Andalucía, home of many of the iconic cultural elements that make Spain so great! We’ll get to hang out with a wide spectrum of local winemakers, all trailblazers in the local natural wine world. We’ll eat tapas at locals only haunts in the back streets of Seville and Granada, experience flamenco in the caves of the Albaicin, discover amazing new wines, hang out with bull fighters and become fully immersed in the Spanish way of life. You’re not going to want to go home after this one!
We’ll start the trip by checking into our boutique Seville hotel and head out for a great welcome dinner in a quaint restaurant with a menu with traditional Andalusian dishes made from “km0” products made in the Sevilla-Huelva-Cádiz triangle. You won’t find a place in Seville that prepares food as simply and honestly as here! With an evening of great food and wine, and a nighttime stroll around the neighborhood of Triana, we’ll get the trip started right!
We will leave Seville in the morning to travel to meet our first winemaker of the trip at Marenas Viñedo y Bodega in Montilla. Biodynamic winemaker Jose Miguel Marquez is seeking to recreate the lost memory of ancient wines in this unique Mediterranean environment with its soil of mixed sand and albariza (chalky soil) and its extreme climate. We’ll enjoy a great visit, tasting, and lunch here before we continue on to the magical city of Granada. After checking in and a brief rest we’ll head out for dinner at our friend’s charming restaurant near the famous Alhambra Palace.
This morning we are off for a visit and tasting at Barranco Oscurro vineyard, located high in the Sierra de la Contraviesa mountains, one of the highest altitude vineyards in Europe and only 6 miles from the sea. Founder Manuel Valenzuela arrived there in 1979 and was a pioneer of the organic movement in Spain. He has since created a biodynamic vineyard, where he works with his son. We will have lunch at a countryside restaurant and then return to Granada for a private evening visit to Alhambra and the Nasrid Palace. Prepare to have your mind blown! After the visit, enjoy an evening out in Granada at leisure.
This morning we will visit Ramón Saavedra’s Bodega Cauzón. After working 15 years as a chef on Spain’s Costa Brava, Saavedra returned to his native Granada to take over his family’s small personal vineyard in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. He planted an additional 10 acres in Syrah, Tinta Fina and Cabernet Sauvignón and has been entirely organic since 1999. After hanging out with Ramón and getting to know his project and wines, we’ll head for lunch in one of our favorite countryside taverns. We will then drive back to Granada and have some free time until nightfall when we’ll head as a group up to the Albacín district and get a real slice of local life with a proper Flamenco show and dinner up in the caves.
We will leave Granada and head to Bobadilla to Finca La Torre for a visit and olive oil tasting. The Roman roots of Finca La Torre, which was part of the Roman City of Singilia Barba, can be seen in the ruins of columns and parts of a mill or torcularium at the main entrance. After tasting the delicious organic oils, we will continue to Ronda, the bullfighting village made famous by Ernest Hemingway. We will enjoy lunch followed by a visit to a bullfighting ranch created by famed bullfighter Rafael Tejada. Here we will learn all about the selection process and observe these fantastic animals. We will return to Ronda to check in to the Parador de Ronda in its remarkable setting over the old bridge over the deep ravine. We will have a walking tour of Ronda and then you can enjoy dinner on your own.
We will leave Ronda and head straight into the Sherry triangle! We’ll meet the folks at Bodega Vinifícate in the town of San Fernando. Brothers Miguel and Jose Gomez worked for years with different winemaking cooperatives in the area, and decided to release their first biodynamic wine in 2011. They are the perfect hosts for an intro into the local wine scene. We will enjoy lunch at an authentic chiringuito beach bar founded in 1934 with time afterward to take in some Spanish sun at the beach. We will continue on into the town of Cádiz and check in to our hotel. Evening at leisure.
We will travel from Cádiz to Salúcar de Barrameda to visit Muchada-Léclapart, the biodynamic project of David Léclapart (famous French producer of Champagne) and Alejandro Muchada (wine grower from Cádiz) on the Atlantic coast recovering 7 and a half acres of Palomino Fino and Chipiona Muscat to make exquisite wines. They are going to introduce us into the wild world of Sherry! We will then go for a wine tasting and lunch at Bodegas Alonso. Francisco and Fernanda Ascensio rescued the sherry warehouses and soleras (casks of aged fortified wines) of several famous former producers in order to save and continue the important sherry tradition of Salúcar de Barrameda. We will return to our hotel in Cádiz in the late afternoon and enjoy a free evening.
We’ll check out of the hotel in Cádiz and get a taste of the stunning Pueblos Blancos at the charming hilltop town of Vejer de la Frontera. Here we will enjoy a great stroll around the town and then we will head to the tuna capital of Spain, Barbate. We’ll end our trip with a bang at one of the greatest places to eat tuna on the planet. After this awesome foodie experience, we’ll then begin our drive back up to Seville to check into our hotel for the final night.
After breakfast, it’s time to say adios!
See you for the next Viniesta Trip!
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Oct. 7th - 14th, 2023
16 participants maximum
€4,995 per person (in a double room)
Single supplement: €985
Please note that all prices are listed in Euros. Check online for current conversion rates.
Fun and knowledgeable trip leader for the whole plan
8 nights in charming hotels, shared room
3 incredibles dinners in great local restaurants
7 unique and/or traditional lunches with wine
6 private vineyard visits and tastings with top natural winemakers
Private tour of Alhambra
Access to unique flamenco show in a special location
Visit at a bull training camp
Private walking tour of Ronda
Private walking tour of Vejer de la Frontera
Meals not mentioned
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