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4 Days Spain Wine Tour

4 Days Spain Wine Tour

  • Montilla, Spain

Wine Holidays and Culinary Vacations Spain

Montilla-Moriles is the Designated Origin (D.O.) wine zone of south Cordoba. The winemaking history of this area dates back to the Romans and the Moors, and it is quite possibly the oldest in Andalusia. The main white grape variety of this area - Pedro Ximenez - is worldwide known. Join this long weekend escape: you will discover and taste the unique wines from Cordoba, while you experience and learn the history of this magnificent city, which was once the centre of the vastest empire in Europe.

Highlights

  • Purebred Spanish horse show
  • Wine and olive harvest experiences
  • Discover Montilla-Moriles wine region, the oldest in Andalusia
  • Enjoy wine pairing with Andalusian food and organic local wines
  • Beautiful surroundings along Cordoba, UNESCO heritage city
  • Daily breakfast, 1 tapas lunch, and 3 dinners
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers
  • 3 days with instruction
  • English
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During this wine holiday, guests will stay at pre-selected and pre-viewed, 3-stars rural boutique hotels. Bedrooms are normally for 2 people sharing (double or twin room).

Day 1, Friday - Arrival to Malaga Airport (AGP)

  • Transfer from the airport to a rural hotel in Montilla, surrounded by vineyards and olive groves
  • Check-in and dinner at the hotel's gastronomic restaurant

Day 2, Saturday - Montilla wine region

  • Guided visit to an olive mill farm and museum, to experience the production of extra virgin olive oil
  • Olive oil and fresh baked bread taste
  • Guided visit to Lagar Blanco, a family owned winery located up the hills of la Sierra de Montilla. Here, you will learn the production process from the grape variety Pedro Ximenez. Together with tasting the 5 different wines from this region, you will also enjoy a nice local tapas lunch at the winery
  • Free afternoon (optional horse ride for 1 hour or 2 hours)
  • Evening walking tour around Montilla
  • Wine pairing dinner in one of the most emblematic wine taverns in town, dated from 1929 (traditional Andalusian food and organic local wines)

Day 3, Sunday - Cordoba

  • Guided visit to the winery Prez Barquero, one of the oldest bodegas in Montilla and with the most awarded wines from the area
  • Wine tasting at Prez Barquero winery
  • Tapas lunch
  • Transfer to Cordoba (UNESCO world heritage city)
  • In the afternoon, guided visit to the Mosque and the Jewish quarter
  • Horse show at the Royal Stables
  • Dinner at a typical patio restaurant in Cordoba

Day 4, Monday - Departure

  • Transfer to Malaga Airport (AGP) to catch your flight back home.
  • Discover Perez Barquero winery
  • Enjoy a horse show at the Royal stables
  • Explore the Mosque and the Jewish Quarter in Cordoba
  • Relish bread tasting
  • Take an evening walking tour of Montilla
  • Visit a family owned winery in the hills of Montilla
  • Visit an olive oil farm mill and museum

This wine tasting holiday will take place in and around the Denomination of Origin (D.O.) wine zone of Montilla, and the city of Cordoba, Spain.

Cordoba

Cordoba is a mid-sized city of 350,000 people. Very few places in the world can boast of having been the capital of a Roman province (Hispania Ulterior), the capital of an Arab State (Al-Andalus), and a Caliphate. This ancient city was the political and intellectual capital of the Caliphate of Cordoba, since the advent of Islamic rule from the 8th century. Nestled in a valley, along the Guadalquivir river backed by the Sierra Morena mountains in the north, it provided a strategic defense position enjoying the auspicious energy of the mountain and river. Under the rule of the Caliph Abderraman the III, it became the centre of education and learning. Under his rule, hundreds of mosques and splendid palaces were built and an irrigation system for agriculture and infrastructure was developed. Cordoba was at the zenith of its importance in that era, but it did not survive the march of time. It soon declined in importance but its legacy lives on, and today, UNESCO lists its historic centre as a world heritage site.

One of the most magnificent legacies of Moorish architecture is the Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba. The Mosque went through four stages of transformation by various Islamic rulers. It became the centre of not only religious but also cultural, social, and political activities. When King Ferdinand III, reconquered Cordoba in 1236, it was consecrated as a Catholic Cathedral. Walking through the Cathedral it is like walking through a timeline of Moorish rule and Christian re-conquest. It is a breathtaking piece of architectural wonder, created by skilled Byzantine artisans and architects.

Montilla

Montilla is the center of this D.O. wine zone. The winemaking history of this area dates back to the Romans and the Moors; quite possibly the oldest in Andalusia. The landscape is dry and the soil is a blinding white Albariza (white marl composed of clay, calcium, and marine fossils). Its excellent moisture retention is very significant, as this area is hotter than almost anywhere else in Spain.

During this wine holiday, guests will be provided with daily breakfast, 1 tapas lunch, 3 dinners, and of course, lots of wine tasting. The main white grape variety in Montilla area is the worldwide known Pedro Ximenez. With a delicate skin and high sugar content, the wines that are made from it reach up to 14% and 16% alcohol. They are matured using the solar system and classified into the following styles:

Amontillado (gradually oxidized)

Fino (dry and nutty)

Joven (young and fruity)

Oloroso (richer and heavier)

Pedro Ximenez (sweet and thick, honoring the actual grape name)

Take a horse ride (1 hour or 2 hours)

Walk around Cordoba in your spare time

  • 2 winery visits, wine tasting, and lunches
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers
  • All tickets and passes during the holiday
  • Daily breakfast, 1 tapas lunch, and 3 dinners
  • Olive and wine harvest experiences
  • Purebred Spanish horse show
  • Wine pairing with Andalusian food and organic local wines
  • Airfare
  • Optional activities
  • Personal expenses

Arrival by airplane

Please arrive Malaga Airport (AGP). Just Explore will pick you up. The pick up is included in the price.