THE PLEASURES OF WINE
Travelling and discovering new places is something that we all enjoy, but today we are looking for just that bit more. In addition to visiting new places, we like to immerse ourselves in their history and origins, have unforgettable experiences, get to know the locals and, of course, enjoy their gastronomy.
So, in this post we are going to talk about wine tourism also known as enotourism, which meets all these conditions, allowing the traveller to enjoy the experience to the fullest. Wine tastings, wine and food matching, visits to wineries, vineyards, routes, museums … are all part of the wine culture that encompasses this type of tourism.
Wine tourism creates the perfect link between the land, people and a taste for the finer things in life, such as wine.
In Spain, wine culture is very widespread and deeply rooted. Thousands of vineyards and a great variety of wineries abound throughout the Spanish peninsula all offering their finest products. There are many methods of classifying wines, although the most notable is the Denomination of Origin (DO). This classification serves to identify those wines that have been produced, processed and or bottled in a specific geographical area, which gives them particular characteristics and the seal of quality of that region. Currently in Spain there are more than 90 Designations of Origin.
If we look for the most exquisite wine, we must look at the D.O, Vinos de Pago. A Vino de Pago is a classification for Spanish wine applied to individual vineyards or wine estates, unlike the Denominación de Origen (DO) or Denominación de Origen Calificada (DOCa) which is applied to an entire wine region. A “pago” is a place or rural area that has climatic, cultural and soil factors that make the winery and its vineyards unique and exclusive. This distinction of the highest quality in the “Denomination of Origin” is received by wines that guarantee the origin of their grapes and the production of wine within a “pago”.
But let’s dig a little deeper and discover what wine tourism consists of. On these type of trips, the main interest obviously is wine, although it is generally accompanied by gastronomy, culture and a love of nature.
Any time of year is good for wine tourism. Although at the end of summer and the beginning of autumn, when the harvest begins, is the most beautiful time to contemplate the vineyards. Within wine tourism there are a lot of activities that make it a complete cultural experience. The wineries offer tastings, workshops, courses, horseback riding, museum visits and much more. You can experience wine tourism as a couple and go on a romantic getaway. You can also discover wine tourism as a family and learn about the history and culture of wine. Or if you prefer in a group, enjoying the finest cuisine and activities, with friends. Whichever way you do it, you will most definitely enjoy wine in all its splendor.
Wine appreciation has become an increasingly widespread and popular activity. That is why, in Spain there are 25 Certified Wine Routes throughout the peninsula: six in Castilla y León, four in La Rioja, three in Andalusia, three in Castilla-La Mancha, two in Aragon, two in Galicia, two in Asturias, one in Catalonia and, finally, one in Extremadura. Although these are the official routes, there are many municipalities and provinces that carry out their own routes to bring their wines and wine experiences closer to the consumer.
On this route you can find, among others:
The Hotel La Salve in Toledo invites you to discover wines from the area with visits to the winery. In Galicia, the Fervenza Hotel Casa Grande has a magnificent restaurant and ethnographic museum with the best Galician wines.
In Navarra, the Hotel Aire de Bárdenas, located in a unique setting, offers wine tasting sessions, visits to wineries and tapas routes. The Hotel La Casa Del Rector, in Almagro (Ciudad Real), has an important winery, with a large number of activities and oenological experiences for its clients.
At Boutique Hotel Spain we know the importance and value of a good wine, and that’s why our hotels take maximum care when selecting them, always according to the gastronomy of the area and by choosing locally produced varieties so there are no limits to your enjoyment.