Wine Tourism in Spain: Iberian Wine Regions
By Isabel Forga |
Combine your passion for wine with the opportunity of traveling across the most beautiful tourist routes in Spain.
An attractive way to enjoy traveling nowadays is through wine tourism. This interesting practice allows people to visit different regions in the world that are dedicated to wine production. You can plan a wine tour in Portugal and to other wine regions as diverse as France and Chile. It’s an experience that DINKtravelers, your world travel guide, recommends as an enjoyable version of rural tourism that allows you to combine culture and the pleasure of wine tasting at diverse destinations. Without doubt, one of the main countries you must visit if you want to go on a wine tour is Spain.
Wine Regions in Spain
Wine tourism in the Iberian Peninsula includes numerous routes and is quite varied. Actually, there are 23 certified wine routes in Spain, all linked to the different Spanish regions that have nurtured their wine tradition. Among these routes we can mention the ones of Penedès, Ribera del Duero, Jerez, Priorat, La Rioja and Navarra.
Each of these routes will give you the chance to visit centenary wineries, villas, castles, monasteries, museums and renowned restaurants. You’ll enjoy some of the best wine tastings in the most picturesque environments where you can spend the night at a typical rural hotel. There are many varied touristic proposals in each region.
Wine Tourism in La Rioja
In La Rioja, the municipalities of Haro, Logroño, Elciego or Laguardia offer excursions that include lodging, specialty dining options and wine tastings at prestigious wineries. Rioja wines are worldly known and the routes that run across the northern regions of Spain are essential for wine lovers.
Wine Tourism in Ribera del Duero
If you choose a route across Ribera del Duero, you’ll enjoy touring different Castilian municipalities such as Valladolid or Burgos. Apart from being closely related with the history of wine, all these places have an exceptional beauty and great historic worth. In Peñafiel, for example, visits include tours at the Museo Provincial del Vino (Wine Province Museum), located inside an impressive medieval castle.
Wine Tourism in Catalonia
If you decide to tour the region of Catalonia, the routes of Priorat, Penedès or Empordà will fascinate you. The impressive landscapes of Priorat, in Tarragona, grant its vineyards an unparalleled background. At the same time, the route of Penedès, which goes across emblematic sites such as Sitges, Vendrell or Sant Sadurni, combine Mediterranean gastronomy with the best wine tastings.
Wine Tourism in Andalusia
The province of Cadiz, in the Andalusian region, offers attractive routes that pair wine tastings with visiting beautiful towns such as Puerto de Santa Maria, Sanlucar de Barrameda, Chipiona or Jerez de la Frontera. Wine produced in Jerez, worldly known as sherry wine, is one of the most popular Spanish products. The city of Jerez is also an ideal destination to enjoy Flamenco dancing in authentic tablaos. Other towns such as Puerto de Santa Maria or Chipiona house beautiful beaches, so it’s possible for you to visit wineries that face the bay.
Apart from the province of Cadiz, there are attractive routes in other Andalusian cities such as Malaga, Cordoba, Seville, all of which have a long wine tradition.
Wine Tourism in Navarra
In other places located in northern Spain such as Pamplona, Puente de la Reina, Tafalla or Estella, you’ll have the chance to enjoy wine tourism as you walk the Way of St. James. An emblematic winery located in the area has even installed a wine fountain next to a water fountain where pilgrims can quench their thirst for free.
If after following these routes you want to continue to enjoy the alternatives Spain offers in relation with its exquisite and varied wines, go ahead and explore other regions such as Galicia, Aragon, Extremadura or Valencia, where you’ll find more wine tourism destinations. The offer is endless.