Join us as we explore the city of Oviedo & the winegrowing region of the Bierzo, both in Northwest Spain. We will start our trip in Oviedo, a beautiful town in the province of Asturias, known for its cows, cheeses, and hard cider. We will have a day and a half – and two nights – exploring the city and its culinary delights.
After leaving Oviedo, we will head south (making a couple of interesting stops along the way) to the Bierzo region, an up-and-coming wine region known for its excellent red wines made from the Mencia grape. Our base for the next five days will be a small hotel in the winemaking town of Cacabelos, and from there we will venture out daily to enjoy what the region has to offer. We will visit some of the best wineries in the area, and try their wines accompanied by regional specialties. We will visit an artisanal goat cheese maker and learn how to make the local empanadas. We will visit valleys and mountains with gorgeous scenery and amazing history. And of course, we will eat and drink a lot.
Some of the highlights of the trip:
- Visits to several wineries (of course)
- Tastings of regional specialties
- A visit to an artisanal goat cheese maker
- Learning how to make empanadas – a local specialty
- Walks though villages, a visit to a castle, and easy hikes through gorgeous scenery
- A visit to Las Medulas, where the Romans had mines, leaving behind some extraordinary landscapes
- Wineries we will visit may include Tilenus, Pittacum, Castro Ventosa, Losada, Demencia & Luna Beberide (subject to change)
Note: This private tour is available for groups of eight or more people; plenty of advance notice is generally needed. It can be combined with the “A Taste of Galicia” tour for a more in-depth tour of northwest Spain. Inquire for details.
To reserve your spot, e-mail Shannon@GrapeHops.com or call (805) 886-1551.