Sherry Tio Pepe
La Gitana, drawn straight from the solera
Sherry & Andalucia
18 - 23 February 2013
Andalucía is startlingly beautiful with the Sierra Nevada rising dramatically from the sea. The area has mild winters and most years that we have offered this Spanish wine tour in February, we have had fine warm weather with blue skies. Add to this the excitement of the carnival, fascinating wines and great cuisine; a perfect winter wine holiday in Andalucía!
We explore the ‘triangle’ of Jerez de la Frontera, Puerto de Santa Maria and Sanlucar de Barrameda.
We are first based in Jerez, with sites to visit including the Alcazar and La Colegiata, a church built with a mix of Gothic and Baroque.
We’ll discover the popular Finos, zingy Manzanillas, nutty Oloroso and voluptuous PX, (‘a Christmas pudding of a wine’). There’s an instructive tasting with the Consejo Regulador and visits to top bodegas. At Lustau we’ll taste their Alcemenista sherries made by individual ‘stockholders’; at Hidalgo you’ll taste superb ‘La Gitana’ Manzanilla straight from the butt and with Gonzalez-Byass their superb range with dinner.
We travel to Cordoba, famed for its great Mosque part of the Moorish influence that is in evidence throughout the region in the gastronomy and architecture. En route, we visit the ‘white village’ of Arcos de la Frontera. Near Cordoba is the Montilla-Morilles wine region and we’ll discover the best of the wines at Bodegas Alvear. This part of Andalucia is famous for its olive oil. When our team came here we had an olive oil tasting that was truly fascinating and we include it too.
You can choose to extend your Spanish wine tour with extra nights pre or post trip in Gibraltar or Malaga to visit the wonderful Picasso museum using the weekends on either side to turn this into a longer winter wine escape.