- If penicillin can cure those that are ill, Spanish sherry can bring the dead back to life -. Attributed to Sir Alexander Fleming.
Hi! I am Boris and I would like to briefly introduce my exclusive and tailor made services to you: "OENOTOURISM" in Andalucia. Go to the back of this page and read "My personal advice" if you want to skip this introduction.
There is a growing interest nowadays for wine tasting all over quality wine producing areas of Europe. The trend is coming from the wine tasting market in the Napa Valley, California, and is rapidly expanding worldwide to far away places and good quality wine producers like Australia, Argentina and Chili and of course to our sun drenched Mediterranean neighbours of Portugal, France and Italy. The common factor in all countries is oenotourism, mixing the palatable pleasures of degustation with high class tourism.
In southern Spain, particularly in Andalusia - OLE! - and the Costa del Sol -also named as Costa del Golf-. this sunniest part of the country is home of some of the best and most singular wines in the world: the Malaga Moscatel & Pedro Ximenez wines and the Sherry and Manzanilla wines from Jerez region. In Jerez de la Frontera, they are elaborated in century old wineries like Gonzalez Byass and its famed Tio Pepe sherry or Osborne wineries known for its Soberano brandy and its manzanilla wine. All final products are aged in naturally air-conditionned cellars which can be visited. The route for tasting Malaga wines takes us to the mountainous Axarquia countryside with breathtaking views of the dazzling white coast bordering the intense blue Mediterranean sea. You will be delighted to visit a winery like Bodega Antigua Casa de GuardIa, formerly sole purveyor of Malaga wines to HM the Queen of Spain Isabel II. The vineyards and cellars are nested in a really spectacular Montes de Malaga Axarquia landscape with panoramic views over the splendid sierra mountains down to the sea.
There is a big difference between wine degustation as practiced in Spain 20 years ago as compared to nowadays. In the past, the typical taster happened to pass by a road sign inviting him to a free tasting in a cellar, more often a wine boutique, where it was free to taste to make him feel obliged to buy a few bottles or cases, without any information on the specificities and organoleptic characteristics of the wine. There used to be a good shipping service to the USA or the UK or anywhere in the world. Surface shipping is still a good solution due to the new restrictions in transporting liquids in aircraft. Cost of shipping to the US is highly compensated by the 16% Value Added Tax refund and the ridiculisly low duties at US customs (about $0,17 per bottle.
Today, the wine amateur is a fully prepared person, knowing what he wants and willing to pay for it , generally with good nose and a special taste for gourmet experiences in addition to elitist oenotourism. All conditions which can be fully satisfied in Spain, on the Costa del Sol and Southern Andalucia through specialised services focused on the most demanding gourmet oenotourists reluctant to participate in massive bus tours. Catering to the wine lovers who want to visit the production areas in style and do not accept less than the best is the key to the success of an unforgettable touristic experience mixing the palatable and the cultural. This is precisely what I offer you, satisfaction garanteed!
Depending on your travel dates you may have the opportunity to view the world over famous Jerez Horse Show, the Jerez F1 trials, the Jerez Motorcycle Grand Prix, the Feria del Caballo -Horse Fair-, the Semana Santa -Holy Week- in Malaga, Jerez, Cadix, Seville, in fact in all towns and villages of Andalucia.
Oenotourism in both areas is always accompanied by a wide and generous variety of tapas - small dishes of food, hot or cold, served as a snack together with a drink - or more refined gourmet cooking as an option.
You are tempted by both the Jerez and the Malaga wine tours but you have neither time nor budget for both. Which one to choose? I strongly advise you to take the Malaga wine tasting tour firstly because the wines of Malaga are less available abroad and thus less known than the Sherry wines, but they are as good or even better. Secondly, the winery tour in Malaga is at a family scale (the 4 Malaga wines tasting session is conducted by the owner and you taste Gold Medal awarded Wine!) and the scenery around the winery in the middle of vines and olive trees at 2200 ft elevation and with a view to the far away sea and the Sierra Nevada snowy cap is absolutely breathtaking, whereas in Jerez we are in a plain and we have a wonderful tour in the biggest sherry winery, "a la mode Napa". with video show, little train for the tour and I conduct the 4 sherry wines tasting session. Thirdly there is more driving time for the Jerez tour than for the Malaga tour. Finally, the Malaga tour includes the visit of either the Malaga Wine Museum or the Mijas Wine Museum, a must for the amateurs of good wines and beautiful and original table decoration items (another 3 or 4 wines degustation takes place inside. The tapas are delicious in both places but they are more authentic family style cuisine in the little white village of Almachar home of the "ajo blanco cold soup" by excellence. Consequently, in case you hesitate, my recommendation goes to the Malaga tour. Of course I will be delighted to guide you on both oenotours because they are absolutely different and complementary to get a global view on the Andalusian wines. A special discount will be applied when both tours are done.
And now, make your decision!
Relax with a total immersion in the Southern Andalusia atmosphere... See and taste what other tourists don't because of the hassle of bus tours. From Marbella or any other resort on the Costa del Sol, one full day of exclusive oenotourism is the best solution to satisfy your curiosity for trying excellent Spanish Sherry and Malaga vinos while discovering the unique specificity of Andalucia, its culture, history, cuisine and traditions. cata de vinos enoturismo oenotourisme degustation de vins CHEERS! SALUD Y OLE!
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