Do you like visiting wineries and trying new wines while enjoying the natural surroundings? In this week’s blog, we visit some of the best vineyards in Spain.
As the third largest wine producer in the world, Spain is also a popular country when it comes to vineyards and wine tasting. The big central region of Spain, Castilla-La Mancha, produces the most wine in the whole country. Approximately 16,800 hectoliters of wine a year come from this area. In second place we find Catalonia with about 3,150 hectoliters per year. Below we also see the rest of the country’s primary wine producers:
There is plenty to see and do in Castilla-La Mancha when it comes to wineries and wine tasting. For example, the area around the small town of Villarrobledo offers pleasant excursions to vineyards but also a lot of historical sites to discover.
A wine bodega and farm that caught our interest was Bodegas Cesar Velasco where they make wines such as Merlot, Syrah, Cencibel and Tempranillo among the reds. Some white wines are Moscatel, Chardonnay and Gewürztraminer.
Another winery in Castilla-La Mancha that offers a large assortment from a large organic farm far from the city is Dehesa de Luna and is located in La Roda Albacete. They offer tours and wine tastings on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 12:00 and 14:00. Click here for more information about bookings. In addition to wines from different types of grapes, they also sell olive oil, Iberian ham and rice.
For those who like to stay a little longer at the vineyard, maybe overnight or a long weekend, there are of course very nice places to choose between. Some of our favorites are located in different places in Spain. Here come some tips!
Hotel Eguren Ugarte – Laguardia
Eguren Ugarte is a small family hotel built by Vitorino Eguren, who also wrote a book that was inspired by this place. The rooms and suites, whose names correspond to the different chapters in the book, are exterior overlooking the vineyards and are uniquely decorated. There are two restaurants, one traditional and one with signature dishes, both paired with wines from their own land.
With more than 4,000 barrels the vineyard is an important visit for all wine lovers. In addition, the hotel winery offers the opportunity to tour the vineyards on a segway, participate in wine testing courses and experience a harvest festival. Visit Hotel Eguren Ugarte’s website here.
Hotel Marqués de Riscal – Elciego
With its avant-garde design, Marqués de Rical offers beautiful places with panoramic views and old chapels. Its spectacular design and decor have the Frank Gehry stamp that can be seen in every room of the hotel.
Here you can also enjoy Vinothérapie Caudalie Spa which is a healthy grape skin therapy that is very nutritious.
The Marqués de Riscal restaurant, recognized with a Michelin star, mixes traditional dishes with unique signature dishes. During your stay you can visit the vineyardsand the avant-garde processing and production center.
Hacienda Zorita Wine Hotel & Organic Farm – Salamanca
Hacienda Zorita’s organic vineyard and very stylish hotel is located in an old convent next to the river Tormes and a 10-minute drive from Salamanca. The hotel has 17 villas with private gardens, 3 suites overlooking the river and 20 double rooms. In addition, there is an exclusive wine spa located in a mill built in 1881 and offers wine therapy treatments.
It offers a sensory tasting of cheeses, wines and olive oil – all products from the organic farm. In the restaurant’s kitchen, Zorita’s Kitchen, chef Víctor Gutiérrez (owner of a Michelin star) composes organic food with inspiration from the Slow Food movement. The most famous guest who has ever visited the farm is Christopher Columbus.
It also offers a boat trip on the river Tormes.
Rotana Reserve – Mallorca
Located in a valley on Mallorca’s east coast, Reserva Rotana is one of the largest properties on the island with 200 hectares of gardens, a golf course and vineyards. The building is a 17th-century mansion that has been renovated into a luxury hotel. The original style has been preserved and each room is decorated with antiques and works of art.
The restaurant, recommended by the Michelin guide in 2014, serves refined Mediterranean food prepared with products from the farm’s own garden and seasonal ingredients. The most notable facilities are the heated outdoor pool, a gym, paddle tennis courts and a private 9-hole golf course. A perfect place if you want to combine a variety of activities together with wine tasting. More about Reserva Rotana can be found here.
Hope these tips on wonderful vineyards have inspired you to come to Spain. They usually recommend visiting wineries in late spring or early fall to maximize the experience.