Spanish wine: how to choose, where to buy, excursions, tastings

Spanish wine: how to choose, where to buy, excursions, tastings

Wine is one of the most popular gastronomic souvenirs from Spain. Its choice in the country is so wide that even true connoisseurs can scatter their eyes. We will tell you what wines to buy in Spain, where to look for the best, and how not to get lost in their variety. And also about which thematic excursions should go first. Walking through the vineyards, the most interesting facts and, of course, tastings - wine tours in Spain are very good!

Briefly about the main thing

Spain is the country with the most vineyards on the planet. They cover an area of ​​over 1 million hectares. More than 300 different grape varieties are cultivated in the country. In terms of wine production, it is second only to France and Italy. The Spaniards presented the world with the famous red rioja, magnificent sparkling cava and fortified sherry, which won the hearts of even sophisticated gourmets. It is these types of alcohol that tourists bring from Spain most often.

Classification

It is very useful to learn how to understand the classification of wines in the Old World (Spanish products belong to them). If you do not plan to take a wine tour in Spain or at least a small thematic excursion, but just want to buy a good gastronomic souvenir, you will have to figure out the intricacies on your own.

So, ordinary wines of Spain:

  • Vino de Mesa - dining rooms;
  • Vino de la Tierra - local.

  • Denominación de Origen (DO) - top category;
  • Denominación de Origen Calificada (DOCa) - premium products.

Here is a short training video on the classification of European wines from a professional expert - President of the Moscow Sommelier Association Evgeny Bogdanov. He explained in detail how exactly they differ.

In addition, it is useful to know that Spanish wines are divided into 4 categories and by aging:

Spanish wine: how to choose, where to buy, excursions, tastings

Vitoria-Gasteiz, Burgos and Logroño - tastes, monuments and traditions

Individual excursion for 1-4 people Price: € 360

Gastronomic Capitals of Spain

Three gastronomic capitals of Spain for the last 3 years are concentrated in a small triangle of territory in northern Spain: Vitoria-Gasteiz (2014), Burgos (2013) and Logroño (2012). I invite you on an exciting and delicious journey through these different Spanish cities, which have one thing in common - the love of wine and food!

Natalia guide in Vitoria-Gasteiz Conducts 12 excursions Usually responds within 7 hours. Official Russian-speaking guide-translator of the Spanish receiving travel agency. Studying Spanish at the Cervantes Institute in Moscow, I traveled a lot around Spain, and I fell so in love with this amazing country that I decided to move here. I will meet you at the airport, help you to stay at the hotel, advise you on the choice of restaurants and tourist routes, show you the most interesting places. I will make sure that during your vacation you feel comfortable and feel the spirit of true Spain, with its unique flavor of ancient culture, distinctive traditions and magical nature. Welcome! Conducts 12 excursions

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Description of the excursion

Program

In one day we will visit three cities, therefore, in order to have time to see and taste everything, our excursion starts in the morning.

Vitoria-Gasteiz. Guided tour of Vitoria from 10:00 to 12:00 Vitoria, the capital of the Basque Country, is renowned for its excellent gastronomy, Pincho Potte culture, Chacoli and Rioja Alavesa wines. You will find yourself in a real Gothic fairy tale, with narrow cobbled streets and houses from the 15th and 16th centuries. It was not for nothing that Victor Hugo once called Vitoria “the perfect Gothic city”. You will learn about the amazing fate of the old Cathedral of Santa Maria, the history of the Virgen Blanca square and the Cordona House, and much more.

During a city tour, we will taste the most popular signature pintxos, which go well with white, slightly sparkling Chacoli wine - it is produced only in the Basque Country, as well as Rioja Alavesa wines. On our way, we will meet cheese and butcher shops with Idiasabal shepherd's cheese and choriso sausages, enoteca with a large selection of Chacoli and Rioja Alavesa wines, the oldest pastry shop in the city, where the amount of sweets dazzles. We will also visit the monastic bakery, the aromas of which will surely captivate you. An indispensable gastronomic souvenir from Vitoria is natural salt from Salinas de Anyana, a suburb of Vitoria, with various spices: with black truffle, olive oil, Rioja Alavesa wine.

We will tell you what wines to buy in Spain, where to look for the best, and how not to get lost in their variety. And also about which thematic excursions should go first. Walking through the vineyards, the most interesting facts and, of course, tastings - wine tours in Spain are very good!

Everything about holidays in Spain - how best to get there, whether you need a visa to enter, which region is better to go to, the most popular cities and excursions, reviews of holidays in Spain.

Holidays in Spain are the sun, white sand, cold sangria and fabulous architecture. Sse is about Spain. Tourism in Spain is very popular with travelers. This country has many historical sights and a wonderful climate - little rainfall and a lot of sun.

All this makes a vacation in Spain an excellent option for almost everyone - this country is multifaceted and offers entertainment for every taste.

How to get to Spain from Russia?

Preparing your trip to Spain should start with legal issues. The country has long been part of the Schengen area. Citizens of Ukraine do not need to worry about the question of whether they need a visa in Spain - since 2017, a visa-free regime has been introduced for Ukrainians, they can safely move throughout Europe. It is more difficult for Russians and Belarusians - they need to get a Schengen visa at the embassy.

Getting to Spain is easy, the most common ways are:

  • Airplane. The most obvious and fastest way is to fly from Kiev, Minsk or Moscow and you will be there in a few hours. The ticket price can vary greatly depending on various factors, the average for a round-trip ticket is about $ 180. If you want to save money, choose a low-cost airline, the prices for such a flight are much lower.
  • Bus. There is a stereotype that bus travel is cheaper, but this is not always the case. For example, a bus Kiev-Barcelona costs $ 120 one way, from Minsk or Moscow it is much more expensive. It takes a very long time, so even considering the comfort of modern buses, this option is not suitable for everyone.
  • Car. Eurotrip cars have already become a separate area of ​​tourism. Of course, you can come to Spain by your own car - our license is valid there. Keep in mind, however, that parking can be difficult in big cities - it is expensive and often congested.

Where to stay in Spain?

As in most European countries, housing prices in Spain are quite high.

  • The most budgetary, but not always comfortable option is hostels. In Europe they are usually clean and modern, but the need to spend the night in the company of a few strangers confuses many. The average price is $ 50 per day.
  • Apartments are quite a comfortable option to feel like a real Spaniard. This is an apartment or room that you rent from the owner. Average prices are around $ 180.
  • In any city in Spain there are many good hotels with an excellent level of service. Prices start at around $ 200 when booked in advance.

Figures may vary depending on the season, region or Spanish national holidays.

Regions and resorts of Spain

Hot Spain has long won the hearts of tourists as an ideal place for beach and sightseeing holidays; group tours to this country are incredibly popular. However, for those who want to continue their acquaintance, individual tours are the best suited, which will allow you to cover a maximum of interesting places in one trip. Moorish mosques and palaces, Romanesque cathedrals and fortresses, Gothic monasteries and churches, the futuristic and mysterious architecture of Gaudí, modern experimental facilities - your Spanish vacation will be remembered as the most exciting, emotionally intense and intellectual journey.

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Opportunities and Benefits

With private tours, you will visit only those cities that appeal to you, and see only those places that, in your opinion, deserve attention. For a detailed and unhurried acquaintance with the Spanish beauties, as much time will be allocated as required. You can walk at your own pace along the colorful city streets, look into the souvenir shops that you meet on the way and linger in shops with fashionable clothes, and after such a busy walk, settle down in a restaurant you have chosen in advance or any one you like on the way to taste traditional cuisine. All the details and subtleties of the trip are discussed with the manager at the stage of developing the route, however, after its approval, you can make changes to the program.

Together with the managers of travel companies, you can choose the route in such a way that in a couple of weeks of your vacation you will see the unusually versatile Spanish nature: boundless plains, snow-white mountain peaks sparkling in the sun, inviting subtropics and evergreen hills.

How to have fun

Individual tours to Spain are not only countless attractions and amazing nature, it is also an opportunity to participate in traditional Spanish holidays, festivals and entertainment. It is believed, for example, that visiting Spain and not seeing the famous bullfight is like throwing money down the drain. If desired, this spectacular, albeit bloody event can be included in your program. If you prefer a quieter entertainment, don't miss the International Flamenco Dance Festival with a true Spanish temperament. An incredible number of tourists gathers a grandiose tomato festival - La Tomatina, which takes place annually in the small town of Buñol. You have an excellent opportunity not only to watch this extravaganza, but also to take part in quite harmless battles with ripe tomatoes.

Where to travel

Is it possible to independently choose a means of transportation around the country? No problem! You can travel around Spain by train and bus, rent a car with a personal driver or drive on your own, charter a yacht and enjoy the seaside of this sultry country. Your imagination in tandem with the professionalism of travel agency managers will help you create your dream tour.

Perhaps the only thing that individual tours to Spain lose to group tours is their cost, but every year there are more and more people who want to move to a new category of travelers.

The options for individual tours are endless: pilgrimage tours to Spanish shrines, wine tours in Catalonia, gastronomic tours in Barcelona, ​​shopping tours, agricultural tours to Mallorca, combined tours with visits to several countries.

Top Destinations for Individual Tours

National dishes are one of the most colorful features of the Kingdom of Spain. Spanish cuisine does not seem traditional to a foreign traveler at all and it is not surprising that gastronomic tourism is widespread in this country.

Features of Spanish cuisine

Spanish cuisine is rich in ingredients, but simple. The main components that have been used for many centuries are garlic, onions, spices, a lot of herbs, olive oil. As for the cooking methods, it is mainly frying, baking or stewing.

However, it would be wrong to consider Spanish cuisine as something single, because in Spain culinary traditions were formed in different regions, taking into account climatic conditions and customs. Therefore, traditional Spanish cuisine is unique and varied. The culinary national traditions were influenced by Greeks and Romans, Moors and Arabs, Italians, historical aspects and climatic characteristics.

The Spaniards love and know how to cook fish, seafood, but in regions with a native Spanish character, there are many meat dishes. By the way, traditional Spanish dishes, given their Mediterranean cuisine, are healthy. The Spaniards use mainly rice, vegetables, fish. One thing to consider is that the Spanish are very fond of garlic and add it to many savory dishes. So, what are the dishes prepared in Spain?

Tapas

It can be said with absolute certainty that the national Spanish dish tapas is no less tasty than pizza or pasta, but it remains a mystery why this appetizer has not become as popular in the world. Tapas are small sandwiches served hot and cold. There are an incredible variety of design and serving options for the dish - multilayer sandwiches, on slices of baguette or on toast, in rosettes of unsweetened dough, tartlets or pieces of meat, seafood, vegetables strung on a toothpick, tubes with various fillings.

Interesting fact! According to one version, this national dish appeared in the 13th century, when the reigning monarch issued a decree to serve intoxicated drinks only along with snacks. After that, they began to put pieces of bread on the mugs with drinks, so the name translates as "lid".

Whereas in the 13th century tapas consisted of only one bread, today it is a multicomponent dish that costs between 1 and 3 euros per serving. Tapas bars are widespread in the country; they work until late at night. For local residents, visiting such establishments is a special ritual, because in each bar you can try original recipes for appetizers. The principle of serving in tapas bars is as follows - stand at the counter, ask the bartender for a plate and fill it to your liking, moving along the counter.

Tip! Look at the adjacent plates and remember which tapas you will try next.

Paella

The list of popular Spanish dishes, of course, includes paella, which vaguely resembles Uzbek pilaf, since the main ingredient is rice with a bouquet of spices. It is believed that the traditional recipe first appeared in Valencia and was invented by the servants of the Moorish monarchs, who collected leftovers from the festivities and added them to rice. That is why, translated from Arabic, the name paella means “leftovers”. There is another legend according to which a fisherman, while waiting for his wife, prepared food for her from the products he found in the pantry. According to this version, the name paella is translated "for her."

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