Wine tour

Andalucia in a glass

Whether you are a seasoned fine wine aficionado or simply a lover of the grape looking to enjoy and better your knowledge of it, Andalusia is definitely the place for you!
Discover the best kept secrets of Southern Spain’s exquisite wines and gastronomy on this all-inclusive educational journey.
Wine in Andalusia has come a long way since 1100 BC when the Phoenicians first planted their vineyards in the fertile lands of Cadiz. By Roman times, wine was being produced in Andalusia in a big way and interestingly enough, this continued through Moorish times; despite the fact that the Koran frowns on the consumption of alcohol, some found creative ways to interpret the Koran’s words on wine, providing some justification such as medicinal purposes.
From the 15th century onwards, Andalusian wines were shipped to appreciative drinkers elsewhere in Europe, particularly England, where there was a great fondness for Sack (as Sherry was called then) and sweet wines from Malaga. This happy situation prevailed until the 19th century when European vineyards were affected by the Oidium fungus (Powdery Mildew), followed by an even more devastating plague of Phylloxera (American vine root louse) which first appeared in Bordeaux in 1868 and spread to South Spain 20 years later. As a result, vineyards were replanted with plague-resistant American rootstock, while some, sadly, never fully recovered…

From the historic sherries of Jerez, to the up-and-coming new vineyards in Ronda and Granada province, Andalusia boasts numerous top-quality wines. There are over 40.000 hectares of vineyards planted in 20 regions with over half of the wine production concentrated over 4 major ‘Denominación de Origen’ (D.O. areas or the equivalent to France’s Appellation d’Origine Controllée). On this tour, we will explore 3 of these D.O. spread over 4 different regions:

 

1. Axarquía (Malaga province) belonging to the D.O. Sierras de Malaga

2. Montilla (Córdoba province) belonging to the D.O. Montilla-Moriles

3. Ronda (Malaga province) belonging to the D.O. Sierras de Málaga

4. Jérez (Cádiz province) belonging to the D.O Sherry

DEPARTURE DATES

7 April 2021
8 September 2021

TYPE OF TRIP

Group tour (4-12 people)

ACCOMMODATION

3/4 stars hotels

START POINT

Málaga

FINISH POINT

Sevilla

LENGTH OF THE TRIP

7 Days / 6 Nights

TRANSPORTATION

private luxury bus

PLACES YOU'LL VISIT

Axarquía | Montilla | Ronda | Jérez | Doñana NP

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    Highlights

    • Visit top ancestral cellars and boutique family wineries.
    •  VIP wine tastings in Jerez and Montilla
    • Sample and savour local gastronomy with paired lunches and tapas tastings at the most emblematic restaurants and wine bars.
    • Learn about olive oil production by visiting a hand-picked family farm.
    • Discover the magnificent great Mosque and Cathedral of Cordoba, one of the finest examples of Islamic architecture in Western Europe.
    • Enjoy an amazing equestrian performance at the Royal Equestrian School in Jerez.
    • Breathe nature and enjoy the outdoors and rural Andalusia by discovering the Doñana National Park

    Uncork the secrets of Andalusian wines

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