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…
Traditional wine storage in the caves of Requena
We organise visits to wineries, mainly in the Valencia region – day trips from Valencia city, or longer holidays with overnight stays at some of the old winery farmhouses. There are several internationally renowned wineries in the Valencia region, like Hispano Suizas or Mustiguillo, 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. Some wineries are competely wheelchair accessible, and we do organise day trips for people in wheelchair, including specialised transport.
Wine tourism is becoming increasingly popular in Valencia, also because the main wine areas of Valencia, like Utiel-Requena, Alforins and even Alicante, are within easy reach of the city, at about one hour’s drive.
On a typical day trip, we usually add ‘something cultural’, such as visiting the wine museum in Utiel, 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 could go for lunch to try the local gastronomy, with more local wine. Or how about an American-style wine tour, visiting three or four wineries in a day?
One day trip we do is to the winery of Bodegas Vera de Estenas; we visit an old 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 for a visit to the vineyards and the winery, to taste their best wines. We end with a nice lunch of traditional local dishes. Here a preview:
A winery day trip could also include participating in the harvest (during the months of September-October): (learn to) pick grapes for half an hour or so, stomp them with your feet (!), then visit the winery, try their wines, and end with a wonderful lunch with more wine, relaxing in the shade of the old farmhouse…
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. These could include longer wine tours to any region you like.
Wine tours could be done in various languages: English, Dutch, German, French, and even Japanese or Russian.
Explanations on wine making in the vineyards of Utiel