Wine Tours to Spain
The secret of success in visiting Spanish winemakers is to get the balance right between the big companies and the small and innovative producers. Famous names such as Riscal in Rioja offer the opportunity to marvel at the scale at which quality wine making can be achieved, and to understand the long and glorious history of Spanish winemaking. Smaller family producers are at the forefront of innovation, and can bring more personal insights to the wines of this wonderful country. You can find out more about the tours I am running and have run by clicking on the highlighted names below.
In 2018 I am returning to Ribera del Duero, which we first visited in 2012, and in the Autumn we will explore the amazing diversity of sherry in Jerez. In 2017 we visited Rioja, where we first toured in 2005. In 2014 we visited Catalonia (including Penedes and Priorat) – find out what people thought – and get a sense of where we stayed – by watching the video.
Read about my Rioja Wine Tour in 2017
In June 2017, I took a group to Rioja, for my first tour to the famous region since 2005. In that time a great deal has happened. New producers have set up, and there has been a greater focus on single varietals, and indeed new grape varieties. While the largest bodegas continue to dominate the export market, we discovered a number of smaller more innovative winemakers, and of course enjoyed the spectacle of visiting some of the most famous names.
At Viña Ijalba the wines went down a storm and allowed us to taste the rare Maturana Blanco and Tinta, a Tempranillo Blanco, Joven, Crianza and Reserva, as well as their delicious White Rioja and 100% Graciano. Brilliantly made and great insights were added by Vincent.