Valencia Vineyard Visit & Wine Tasting
Visit one of Valencia’s finest wineries and taste great wine on The Spain Event’s Valencia Vineyard Visit! We will take you on a half-day tour of one of the unspoilt gems of Spanish tippling: a Valencia vineyard visit. You’ll have a vine old time and probably pop a cork or two. The ruta del vino or wine route of the D.O. (denominación de origen or appellation) of Utiel-Requena is a delight to the eye and to the palate.
The wine from this Valencia region comes mainly from the unique and hardy Bobal grape variety. On our Valencia wine tour you will learn all about the varieties of wines produced, sample them with an expert and have a chance to buy a few for a tipple back in the hotel room. And you can accompany this visit with either a full lunch or an appetising aperitif.
The wines from this region are a delight, typically with a fresh and appley nose, crisp, attacking and slightly flinty on the palate, and often delightfully long. Colour ranges beguilingly from pale green whites through salmon pink fresh rosés to deep mahogany reds. Still largely unknown in the UK, this wine is one of Spain’s favourites and after our vineyard tour you’ll certainly be ready to go one up on wine snobs back home!
Wine distilleries are known to have been producing in this area since the 15th century. The predominant grape, Bobal is famous for resisting some of the blights like phylloxera virus that have affected other wine regions across Europe. The region is located in the transition zone between the Mediterranean coast and high plateau (Castilla La Mancha) of Central Spain, with high lime-content soil, low in organic matter.The climate is continental with long hot, dry summers and cold winters and can be severe for Spain. Nevertheless, the vines are well adapted to such a climate and there is a Mediterranean influence (only 70 km as the crow flies to the Sea).
The cool wind, known as the Solano, helps to keep temperatures down. Rainfall is sparse, only about 450 mm per year and the vines receive about 2,800 hours of sunlight per year. The Bobal grape variety occupies over 75% of the vineyards. Authorized red varieties include Bobal, Tempranillo, Garnacha, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah. Authorized whites are Planta Nova (or Tardana), Macabeo, Merseguera, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. So bottoms up!
Valencia Vineyard Visit – typical schedule
- 1000: Our driver will pick you up at your accommodation and transfer to the wine region.
- 1100: Arrive at the vineyards. The visit starts with a walk around the vineyard while an English-speaking expert describes the eleven different varieties of grape present. You will see a demonstration of how the machinery used to pick the grapes works and you will also be able to see the entire wine-making process. You will also enter the “Cava”, an enchanting cellar where Spanish champagne is elaborated.
- 1300: An appetising aperitif will be served at the bodega itself.
- 1500: After your meal or snack, you’ll be able to taste the different varieties of wine the vineyard produces.
- 1630: You’ll arrive back in Valencia city, clutching a souvenir or two, and maybe ready for a couple of cavas at the hotel bar?
Valencia Vineyard Visit – what is included
- A tour of one of Valencia’s premier vineyards
- A wine expert who will give full information on wine production and tasting
- Lots of wine to taste!
- An authentic aperitif
Valencia Vinyard Visit – what else do I need to know?
- Please let us know if you have special diet requirements for your group.
- If you want to try wine tasting in Valencia city, click here.
How can I book or find out more?
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