After a few days strolling through the city of Valencia, you might feel like a “grape escape” to get some fresh country air and a drink or two…
We organise visits to wineries, mainly in the Valencia region
Traditional wine storage in the caves of Requena
We organise visits to wineries, mainly in the Valencia region – day trips from Valencia city, or with overnight stays at some of the old winery farmhouses. There are several internationally renowned wineries in the Valencia region, like Hispano Suizas, Mustiguillo and Vera de Estenas that produce top wines and cavas. These wineries can also be visited, as part of a day trip, or just in a few hours in the morning or so.
We do private tours (one person and more...) or you could join other people on a tour. A few wineries are competely wheelchair accessible, so we also organise day trips for people in wheelchair, including adapted transport.
Wine tourism is becoming increasingly popular in Valencia, also because the main wine areas of Valencia are within easy reach of the city, at about one hour’s drive. We often go to Utiel-Requena, which is the nearest to the city, but we also do tours to Terres dels Alforins, Castellón and even Alicante.
On a typical day trip, we usually start with something cultural, such as a visit to some 10th century wine caves in the old centre of Requena, or the excavations of the Iberian village near Moixent, before visiting a winery for a guided tour and a wine tasting. After that we go for lunch to try the local gastronomy, with more local wine.
Or how about an American-style wine tour, visiting three wineries in a day? Not easy in the Valencian wine regions, where wineries are not exactly next to each other; but it can be done!
One day trip we sometimes do is to the winery of Bodegas Vera de Estenas; we first visit an old wine cave in Requena, where in the past wine was made, and have an almuerzo (‘late breakfast’) with wine in the cellar. We then go to Utiel to visit the actual winery, where we follow the wine making process from vineyard to bottle, after which we taste some of their best wines. We end with a nice lunch of traditional local dishes.
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Watch a short video of one of our wine tours
A winery day trip could also include participating in the harvest (during the months of September-October): we pick grapes for half an hour or so, and take them to the winery to stomp them with our feet; we then visit the whole winery, taste some of their wines, and end with a wonderful lunch (paella!) with more wine, relaxing in the shade of the old farmhouse…
Another option is a visit to the Celler la Muntanya winery south of Valencia, followed by a downhill walk along greenways (a disused railway line) towards the coast, and, if you like, combined with Geocaching.
But these are just examples – there are many more options, all depending on your preferences. Depending on the season or time of the year, you could join one of our regular tours, or have your wine tour tailor-made to suit your own ideas and wishes. This could also include longer wine tours to any region you like.
Wine tours could be done in various languages, just ask if we speak your language!
Explanations on wine making in the vineyards of Utiel