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5 Days Wine Tasting and Food Tours Spain

  • Annie B's Spanish Kitchen, Calle Viñas, 11 Vejer de la Frontera, Cadiz 11150, Spain

Spain Culinary Tour and Sherry Holidays

Take your taste buds on a remarkable journey through southern Spain and discover why everybodys talking about Sherry. This is the ultimate long weekend for wine lovers who enjoy cooking and eating to hone their knowledge and stun their palate, with appreciation of one of the oldest and most unique wines of the world: Sherry. Your vacation days will be action packed as you shop, cook, taste, and experience the rich and passionate culture of Southern Spains world famous Sherry Triangle!

Highlights

  • Learn to cook regional meals
  • Tour of famous Sherry Triangle
  • Sherry tastings straight from the barrel
  • Visits to three exclusive sherry bodegas
  • Paella and tapas experience
  • Make your own base wine
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • 4 days with instruction
  • English
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You will be spending four nights in a comfortable hotel, centrally located in Cadiz, Spain.

During your vacations you will have the opportunity to exclusively access to three sherry bodegas rarely open to the public, for a sherry tasting straight from the barrel. With your tour guides you will explore the local markets, source local produce, and learn how to prepare regional dishes to pair with sherry wines. In one day of this fantastic trip, you will take your shoes and socks off as you step back in time and press the grapes to make your own base wine, during the harvest festival. After siesta, each night you will experience the true culture of southern Spain: from paella cooked in the bodegas, to flamenco and tapas in the tabancos.

Your cookery sessions start around 10:00, with shopping for your lunch goodies. On fish day, head to Barbate Fish Market to select the very best for your lunch. Following your first reviving Manzanilla, around 13:00, you will move smoothly into lunch, consisting of the culinary miracles you have conjured up. Lunch is usually served round the pool or on the roof terrace, with glorious views over Vejer and towards Morocco. Lunch will always start with sherry and wine will be served. Guests are free to leave after lunch (Spanish style, around 16:30), to have a siesta in their hotel or at the beach.

  • Access to three bodegas for a sherry tasting
  • Explore the markets looking for source local produce for meals to be prepared
  • Visit tabancos to taste tapas
  • Visits to Jerez de la Frontera, Puerto de Santa Maria, Sanlucar de Barrameda

This holiday will take place in and around Cadiz, Vejer de la Frontera, Jerez de la Frontera, Puerto de Santa Maria, and Sanlucar de Barrameda, Spain. In foodie terms, Vejer de la Frontera is out of the way on what youd call a conventional gastro circuit: it is a serious foodie town. Too tempting for a night out there to turn into a long, drawn-out tapas crawl from one bar to the next. While there are too many great places in town to suggest a route, try some of the best Vejer de la Frontera places to eat.

Vejer de la Frontera

Your first glimpse of the town is as a blinding flash of white on a hilltop, against the bluest of blue skies. Up close it is just as easy on the eye too: a labyrinth of narrow cobbled streets, winding its way between quiet squares, churches, and handsome historical buildings (a photographers dream). Vejer de la Frontera is an authentic pueblo blanco (white village); it sits slightly inland but with easy access to the cleanest, whitest, and most undeveloped beaches in southern Spain. Gastronomy, quite simply, is in Vejers DNA. People take their food very seriously indeed, from fine dining restaurants to scruffy neighborhood tapas bars, via excellent local butchers, grocers, delis, and markets.

Food is a fundamental part of life here. You will visit them all and get to know what, how and why to choose all produce used on the course. Barbate (the tuna fish capital of Spain) is just up the road, and with the Costa de la Luz opening right out onto the rolling waves of the Atlantic; there is never any shortage of fresh fish and seafood on the local market stalls.As if all the fine food was not enough, one of the worlds great wines is made less than one hour drive away between Jerez de la Frontera, Sanlucar de Barrameda, and Puerto de Santa Maria. You will get to know Sherry very well over the course of the holiday: you will have the option to visit Bodegas, go on tastings, and even stamp your own grapes.

Three daily delicious meals will put you in connection with the regional flavors of this Spanish area. You will also learn about the perfect combination between Spanish dishes and Sherry. During your time at Annie Bs, the following selection of traditional Spanish dishes will be cooked with the odd dash of Moroccan cuisine thrown in for good measure.

Divine desserts

  • Oasis tart made with PX sherry soaked dried figs, dates and raisins
  • Orange and almond cake
  • PX and chocolate cake, served with PX Sherry soaked raisins

Few of the very best Spanish ingredients

  • Iberian pork, marbled with the fat of its acorn diet
  • Luscious jamn, divine crunchy green olives and tangy local cheeses
  • Sherry vinegar, a natural flavor, enhancer like no other
  • Smoked paprika and the best of olive oils, made in Andalucia

Fresh fish and seafood

  • Food in southern Spain mostly revolves around fish - the perfect match for Sherry:
  • Atun de Almadraba - carpaccio is one of the best
  • Boquerones (pickled and salted) - you will prepare them from scratch. Normally served with the first Manzanilla of the day
  • Chocos - the world famous cuttlefish in paellas, arroz negro and with almonds
  • Gambas de Sanlucar - the sweetest pink prawns with a flavor of Manzanilla
  • Pescado a la sal - a famous dish of the area. Whole plump seabass and bream, encased in salt from Cadiz and immediately baked

Glorious tapas

  • Albondigas de cerdo y chorizo (Spanish meatballs) with Sherry tomato sauce
  • Braised artichokes and jamon
  • Gambas ajillo - juicy pink prawns sizzling in spicy garlic
  • Gazpachos, red tomato, white almond, and green melon
  • Pollo en romero - yummy local chicken laced with rosemary, sherry and oregano
  • Salad of tuna, roasted red pepper, egg, onion, capers, and parsley
  • Tortilla de patatas
  • Tostas con chocolate, olive oil and salt

Sherry wines

Sherry is one of the most versatile wines in the world - there is a sherry to match every type of food. Even breakfast when big, juicy raisins, soaked in PX sherry, can be scattered over your porridge. No Spanish cooking holiday can be complete without a daily indulgence in what is possibly. Sherry is one of the most undervalued and misunderstood wines in the world. How it managed to become tinged with the image of Grannies and sweet sickly rubbish, must be one of the greatest marketing disasters ever.

The subject of sherry is huge. It is complicated to get your head around the way it is made. And the more you know, the more you discover there is to know. Sherry is a generic term. If you go into a bar in Andalucia and asked for a Sherry, they will look at you blankly. You need to ask for it by type. All Sherry is made from white grapes: Palomino, Moscatel, and Pedro Ximenez. The Palomino grape makes up to 90% of all Sherries. There are different kinds of Sherries with different qualities: Fino de Jerez, Amontillado, Oloroso, Palo Cortado, Cream Sherry, and Pedro Ximenez.

  • 3 daily meals
  • 3 visits to Sherry bodegas with tastings
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • 4 Spanish culture experiences
  • Cooking classes related to sherry
  • Guided visit to local markets
  • Local transfers
  • Airfare
  • Optional activities
  • Personal expenses
  • Transfers to the retreat replace
  • Travel insurance

Driving directions from the central route via Madrid

Take the N-IV to Sevilla and then the motorway (A-4) to Cadiz.

Just after Jerez de la Frontera, turn off towards the N-340 and Algeciras.

Vejer is just off the N-340, almost equidistant between Cdiz and Algeciras.

Driving directions from Mediterranean Coastal route via Barcelona, Valencia and Malaga

Follow the N-340 (the Autopista del Mediterrneo) until you reach Vejer.

Hiring a car at Gibraltar airport

There are plenty of reasonably priced car hire companies to choose from close to Gibraltar International Airport (GIB). It is recommended to park your car at the entrance to the town on La Corredera, or to use the public parking and walk into the old town. Vejer is an historical old town with several streets only open to residents.

Arrival by airplane

Please arrive at Jerez Airport (XRY), Gibraltar International Airport (GIB), Seville Airport (SVQ), or Malaga Airport (AGP).

Arrival by bus

Vejer de la Frontera has two bus stops. One is La Barca de Vejer, which is on the N-340 from Malaga to Cadiz, 1.5 kilometers from the town of Vejer. You can take a taxi from there to the town, which costs approximately 6 EUR. The other bus stop is in town, next to the tourist office and about a 5 minutes walk to the old town.

Arrival by train

The nearest train stations are at San Fernando, and Cadiz, and Algeciras. The train stations are connected to the international rail network.

Distances

  • Algeciras train station, 70 kilometers
  • Cadiz train station, 50 kilometers
  • Gibraltar International Airport (GIB), 95 kilometers - 45 minutes drive
  • Jerez Airport (XRY), 65 kilometers - 45 minutes drive
  • Malaga Airport (AGP), 190 kilometers - 2 hours 10 minutes drive
  • San Fernando train station, 45 kilometers
  • Seville Airport (SVQ), 130 kilometers - 1 hour 40 minutes drive