Jerez Wine Tour Highlights
- Discover the renaissance that is happening in this historic region, visiting long-established bodegas and new entrants.
- Explore sherry’s history and wide range of styles: understand what lies behind all the terms: Fino, Manzanilla, Amontillado, Oloroso, Palo Cortado, Moscatel, Cream and PX.
- Experience how these lovely wines pair with food.
- Find out that there is more to the region’s wines than just sherry.
- Based in Jerez, a fabulous historic town with wonderful places to drink and eat.
- Comprehensive tastings at every visit, and four lunches or dinners.
11th-14th October 2018 – a few places remaining
18th-21st October 2018 – a few places remaining
From the Meeting Point at Seville Airport (see Flight Transfers below) we will take a coach to our hotel, in the centre of Jerez. Once we have settled in we will take a short coach ride to visit Valedespino, one of the most famous sherry bodegas, for a visit, tasting and dinner.
We will walk to a historic bodega in Jerez, for a visit and the chance to dig a bit deeper into the intricacies of sherry and the impact of long barrel ageing. We will then take the coach to the relatively new winery of Luis Perez on one of the hills overlooking Jerez and the surrounding region. We will visit the vineyard, seeing plantings of a wide variety of grape varieties and enjoy their fabulous range of red wines over a tasting lunch. Dinner at leisure.
A visit to another historic bodega, either in Jerez or Sanlucar de Barraimada, followed by a wonderful experience at La Constancia, a relatively new sherry bodega occupying a hilltop site. The chance to taste from barrel, get to grips with using the ‘venencia’, and taste a fabulous range of styles. Following a tapas lunch in the winery we will return to Jerez, to enjoy the city for a few hours before our final dinner at the gastronomic highlight of Jerez: La Carbona.
The tour ends after breakfast.. We will provide a transfer to Seville airport to coincide with the flights as detailed in the Flight Transfers. (See below)
Note: the Itinerary may be changed at Tim Syrad Wine Tours discretion so as to facilitate the smooth running of the tour and to accommodate great opportunities for visits or tastings that may become available.
Price and what’s included/not included
- £899 per person based on 2 people sharing a double/twin room.
- £100 supplement for single occupancy of a double room
- £100 discount for bookings paid for 8 weeks before departure.
- Transport from/to Meeting Point on the first/last days, co-ordinated with specified Easyjet flights.
- Coach for all activities in the itinerary.
- 4 days (including arrival and departure days)/3 nights in a good 3 star equivalent hotel.
- Two full days of visits and tastings. Approximately 10 wines will be tasted each day.
- Generous continental breakfast every day.
- Four lunches or dinners with local wines.
- All local taxes and service charges.
- The services of Tim Syrad as your Wine Tour manager and Wine Guide.
Please note flights are not included in the price. Many of my clients prefer to extend their holiday before or after my tours, so I let people make their own flight arrangements.
A deposit of £100 is taken at booking.
It is a condition of my accepting a booking that I have proof of clients’ adequate travel insurance.
Booking conditions are available on my website or on request.
Jerez Wine Tour: Flight Transfers
My recommended flight option is Easyjet:
Thursday 11th October 2018 / Thursday 18th October
EJ8175 Departs London Gatwick 1205/Arrives Seville 1555.
Sunday 14th October 2018 / Sunday 21st October
EJ8176 Departs Seville 1100/Arrives London Gatwick 1240.
The BA flight arrives at 18.40 on the Thursday which would mean we could arrive in Jerez at 2100 which I feel is too late. With Easyjet we can arrive in good time to settle in and then have an extended visit/tasting dinner.
I will arrange transfers to coincide with these Easyjet flights. On the Sunday, if anyone wants a transfer into Seville itself then I will arrange that. If anyone wishes to fly back via British Airways which is an evening flight, if there is enough demand, I will arrange a later transfer as required.
Once I have confirmed a booking I advise clients to arrange flights and confirm travel arrangements to me. Please do not arrange flights before I have confirmed your booking.
More about what to expect from my Jerez Wine Tour
Sherry is one of the most famous wines in the world and although it has lost a lot of its popularity and market share, it is a drink that many people hold in great affection. This is the first tour I have run to this part of Spain and I am so excited to be able to demonstrate at first hand the incredible quality and extraordinary value for money that sherry offers. There is also a mesmerising mix of styles ranging from bone dry through to unctuously sweet. Allied to the different styles, the Solera production system is fundamentally important to understand in order to fully appreciate the unique tastes and qualities that sherry offers.
The tour will also focus on locally produced still wines, particularly reds. Despite the focus on sherry, this part of Spain also produces some excellent dry whites made from the Palomino grape, and a number of full-bodied reds made from international and local grape varieties. The food scene is vibrant and the tour will give us the opportunity to experience some fascinating food pairing opportunities.
We are staying in the lovely city of Jerez, a wonderful base from which to explore a region of Spain that deserves to be discovered. Jerez particularly has a wonderful history and a distinct culture. From the Moors to Flamenco to the beauty of the the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art, adding a few days to your holiday would be very wise….
About Tim Syrad Wine Tours
Since 1997 I have escorted over 90 groups of people on tours to wine regions in Europe and the New World. My clients keep coming back year after year because in addition to tastings and visits we really do meet the people who make the wine and tend the vines.
I personally escort all my tours, and I ensure as much as possible of the money my clients pay is spent on great food and wine, and good hotels.
For more information about me, my next tours, and previous tours I have run, and to find out what my clients say (some of whom have been coming on tour with me since 2001) please explore the website.