Marques de Riscal, a landmark in Rioja

The historic town of Segovia

Barrels as far as the eye can see

Pesquera

Delicious Spanish Food & Wine

Marques de Riscal, a landmark in Rioja

Marques de Riscal, a landmark in Rioja

The historic town of Segovia

The historic town of Segovia

Barrels as far as the eye can see

Barrels as far as the eye can see

Pesquera

Pesquera

Delicious Spanish Food & Wine

Delicious Spanish Food & Wine

SPAIN

Exploring Ribera, Rueda, Rioja & more

FAR FROM THE ORDINARY

We visit the top producers, taste old vintages, and immerse ourselves in Spanish history and culture.  We do all this in the lap of luxury, hosted by a Master of Wine.

We meet in Madrid and spend an evening roaming around tapas bars, tasting unique wines, and admiring historical monuments.  And then the next morning we’re off on a 5-day extravaganza to visit the best producers in Rueda, Ribera del Duero, Rioja and the northern coastline.

You’ll learn about some of the most traditional winemaking practices in the world, contrasted with some of the most modern.  You’ll visit futuristic wineries in villages that date back centuries.  It’s an experience.

If you’re looking to taste the best wines of Spain accompanied by great food, in a fun and relaxed atmosphere, then our tour is just what the doctor ordered.

Spain is an adventure, something different and unique, with an atmosphere of fun, romance, and hedonistic pleasure.

I invite you to join us on this wonderful tour.

JAMES CLUER, MASTER OF WINE

Spain Tour

SEPT 21st - 25th 2020


Hosted by James Lawther MW

$3,495 USD per person

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ABOUT THE TOUR & REGION

¡Viva España!

Over the last 10 years we’ve carefully crafted our Spanish wine tour to take you to the best wineries in 4 different wine regions.

Over 5 full days and 4 nights you’ll explore Rueda, Ribera del Duero, Rioja and the coast.  We mix in some landmark cultural attractions in Segovia and Burgos to complete the experience.

The emphasis is on fun and experiential learning, at a relaxed pace.  We are fortunate to have privileged access to the great estates where we taste the finest wines, accessing key people and exclusive experiences.

¡Viva España!

Over the last 10 years we’ve carefully crafted our Spanish wine tour to take you to the best wineries in 4 different wine regions.

Over 5 full days and 4 nights you’ll explore Rueda, Ribera del Duero, Rioja and the coast.  We mix in some landmark cultural attractions in Segovia and Burgos to complete the experience.

The emphasis is on fun and experiential learning, at a relaxed pace.  We are fortunate to have privileged access to the great estates where we taste the finest wines, accessing key people and exclusive experiences.

The Alcazar in Segovia, home to many Kings of Spain

The Roman aqueducts

Vega Sicilia Unico

SEGOVIA AND RUEDA

We leave from Madrid and visit the fabled Alcazar castle in Segovia. You’ll enjoy a lovely lunch and have a taste of Spain’s finest wine, Vega Sicilia, and get the scoop on Spain as a wine producing country.

Then it’s on to discover the whites of Rueda. You’ll enjoy a tasting of fresh, crisp whites made from the unique Verdejo grape at one of the top producers in Rueda.

Then it’s on to Ribera for big reds from Tempranillo. For 2 nights you’ll rest your head at the Hotel Pesquera, a boutique hotel owned by the famed winery.

Penafiel Castle

Penafiel Castle

Ribera del Duero – where old meets new

Ribera del Duero – where old meets new

Pesquera – a benchmark

Pesquera – a benchmark

Pesquera winery

Pesquera winery

The Pesquera Hotel – where it’s all about wine

The Pesquera Hotel – where it’s all about wine

Penafiel Castle

Ribera del Duero – where old meets new

Pesquera – a benchmark

Pesquera winery

The Pesquera Hotel – where it’s all about wine

RIBERA DEL DUERO

Ribera del Duero is home to some of the most famous names in Spanish wine, such as Vega Sicilia, Pesquera, Pingus, Abadia Retuerta and Aalto.

These big bold reds really shine over a long lunch with the local culinary specialities in a Bodega.

Burgos Cathedral

Burgos Cathedral

The Hotel Viura, modern architecture in a medieval village

BURGOS & RIOJA

We move on to Rioja for 2 nights, visiting the benchmarks and discovering some of the hidden gems.

On the way we visit the stunning cathedral in Burgos, before settling in for a long lunch fueled with fine Rioja at a top Bodega.

The day is just beginning.  We stay at luxury boutique hotel, The Viura.

RIOJA – MODERN AND NEW

The Rioja extravaganza continues. We visit 6 wineries in total here, sipping prized old vintage Gran Reservas and exploring the cavernous tunnels where thousands of bottles mature.

At Riscal we see one of the most unique architectural designs imaginable, a Frank Gehry.

Other Bodegas provide their own insight into the Tempranillo, Granacha, Graciano & Mazuelo varieties. Its’ an experience.

Marques de Riscal

The seductive terroir of Rioja

Old vintages of classic wines

RIOJA – MODERN AND NEW

The Rioja extravaganza continues. We visit 6 wineries in total here, sipping prized old vintage Gran Reservas and exploring the cavernous tunnels where thousands of bottles mature.

At Riscal we see one of the most unique architectural designs imaginable, a Frank Gehry.

Other Bodegas provide their own insight into the Tempranillo, Granacha, Graciano & Mazuelo varieties. Its’ an experience.

Bilbao

Bilbao

Bilbao

Bilbao

We finish on the coast

We finish on the coast

Bilbao

Bilbao

We finish on the coast

THE COAST

On the last day we drive to the Basque country on the coast and discover the unusual wines of Txakoli.  We visit a winery to learn all about it, and then sip and savor them with a BBQ of fresh-caught fish of the day.

Satisfied, educated, relaxed and inspired, the tour wraps up in Bilbao from where you can take flights and trains to many other cities in Europe.

Spain is magical!

MEET YOUR HOST

Our Luxury Wine Tours in Spain are guided by Master of Wine, James Lawther.

BORDEAUX, THE RHONE VALLEY
CHAMPAGNE & BURGUNDY
SPAIN

JAMES LAWTHER MW


Your host in France and Spain

Meet James

JAMES  Lawther is an independent wine writer based in Bordeaux. He is a contributing editor to Decanter magazine and writes for other international publications. He became a Master of Wine in 1993.

It would be rare to be as well-connected in Bordeaux as James, a respected figure in the wine world. He has lived there for over 20 years and written major books on the region. He also has a passion for Champagne, Burgundy and the Rhône, developed in the years he spent in Paris retailing wine at Steven Spurrier’s Caves de la Madeleine and lecturing at the Académie du Vin.

Today, he also participates as an international wine judge and is a Regional Chair at the Decanter World Wine Awards, responsible for the judging of key categories. He has visited most of the wine regions in the world and can therefore bring a global perspective.

He is the author of The Heart of Bordeaux and The Finest Wines of Bordeaux and has contributed to a number of books including The Global Encyclopedia of Wine, Wines of the World and Hugh Johnson’s Pocket Wine Book.

James is warm and welcoming. He is keen to answer all your questions and tailor the experience to your own interests and needs, and always loves having a glass of wine or two.

UPCOMING SPAIN WINE TOUR

Spain Tour

SEPT 21st - 25th 2020


Hosted by James Lawther MW

$3,495 USD per person

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WHAT’S INCLUDED

Included in the price is 4 nights’ accommodation, all meals during the tour (except one free evening) all winery tours, all wines at the visits, local transport for the duration of the tour, and all taxes and gratuities.

Basically everything is included except your flights, your onwards transport after the tour ends in Bilbao, insurance, and any items of a personal nature.

PLANNING TIPS

Before the tour we will send you some useful pre-trip information to help you with your planning. Here you’ll find advice on how to get there, tips on what to wear, other things to do in Madrid, details on the hotels, and what you might like to read in advance.

WEATHER

We visit during some of the nicest times of year, the Spring and the Fall.  The weather is not too hot, is typically dry, and warm.

TESTIMONIALS

Truly once in a lifetime experience

“Visiting Spain impressed us on absolutely every level. It is a country that not only produces quality wine, it has the culinary merit to match alongside a stunning countryside making it a very desirable destination for wine, food, and art aficionados alike. Without question, Fine Vintage’s tour elevated our experience to a level we simply would not have been able to achieve on our own. Exclusive winery access, excellent food pairings, first-rate accommodation, and the incredible depth of knowledge of our guides resulted in a truly once in a lifetime experience.”


ALLISON WALLACE, VANCOUVER, BC
Redefined “fun” for me!

“When I first met James and he told me he did wine tours, I thought it might be fun to go with someone who is as knowledgeable as he is. Then I signed up for Spain… and he redefined “fun” for me… we tasted, we nosed, we swirled, we danced, we sang, and we ATE… and along the way, somewhere between the fabulous hotels and the awe-inspiring vineyards and the heady aromas in the cellars, we became compadres of the grape, students of the moment, and lovers of those things that happen when it’s a carefree time in our lives. Take a tour with James…you will never be the same…”


BRUCE FOX, AUSTRALIA

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