Couples who are lovers of fine wine and good food can indulge their palates on a scrumptious wine tasting honeymoon in the vineyards of northern Spain.
Those who appreciate the finer things in life will be totally blown away by the gastronomoic delights and delicious wines of Spain’s wine region – add to that the glorious sunshine, stunning scenery, historic Don Quixote windmills, sleeping in ancient castles and taking romantic hot air balloon rides and a wine-tasting tour of Spain promises to be the honeymoon of a lifetime.
Wine Tourism Spain is Spain’s leading provider of wine and culinary travel. The company offers exciting itineraries with winery tours paired with delicious wine and gastronomy tastings that make the perfect honeymoon or mini-moon getaway. The tours are ideal for newlyweds seeking romance, authentic food and wine and a taste of adventure. Whether it’s a toe in the water destination experience or a guided or self-guided wine tour, short culinary break, walking tour or road trip, Wine Tourism Spain can tailor-make each experience.
Best for a romantic drive
Madrid to Bilbao Road Trip via wine country
Gallivant around the streets of Madrid and soak up the gorgeous Spanish architecture, before heading north to the quiet and wonderfully enchanting Ribera del Duero. The oldest hotel in the province, Castillo de Curiel is a castle fit for a King and Queen. Each room is personalised to reflect an historical figure and enjoys dramatic views over the local vineyards. Throughout the trip guests will enjoy a wide selection of Spanish wines from different regions, and delicious tapas and meals in each unique city along the way. With the luxury of having a rental car, guests can travel down the back roads and visit some of the prestigious boutique wineries for a tasting, while enjoying the sites of the region’s beautiful countryside. The surrounding architecture is also rich in history and provides endless romantic discoveries for couples that want to get away from the crowds.
Wine Tourism Spain offers an eight-day, seven-night Madrid to Bilbao Road Trip, via wine country tour from £765 per person based on two sharing a double room. This include 6-nights’ accommodation on a B&B basis, a one night stay in a castle, a day visit to a local winery in Ribera del Duero with wine tasting, two visits to wineries in Rioja and meals as specified including wine and food pairing dinners and local Basque lunches. Valid for travel year-round. www.winetourismspain.com
Best for the energetic
Penedes walking tour from Barcelona
This brand new three-night, four-day tour through the beautiful wine region of Penedés is perfect for the active food and wine lovers who are wanting a quick getaway just outside of Barcelona. The trip consists of moderate daily walking and cycling routes of approximately 17 kilometres complete with several stops along the way. Walk through stunning vineyards surrounded by villages and castles set amongst the landscapes of Catalonia and enjoy the best local gastronomy and hospitality with overnight stays in charming family-run hotels. The trip wraps up with a visit to Vilafranca de Penedes, the capital of the wine region, before heading back to Barcelona. This trip will lead guests through forest paths, open fields, and past waterfalls, making the arrival at each wine tasting a special experience.
Wine Tourism Spain offers a four-day, three-night Penedes walking tour from Barcelona from £424 per person based on two sharing a double room. This includes three-nights’ accommodation, breakfasts, lunches and dinners as specified, two guided winery tours and tastings and luggage transportation. Valid for travel April – October. www.winetourismspain.com
Best for culture lovers
Toledo, Windmills & Wineries Private Tour
This one-night, two-day tour through Toledo and La Mancha is perfect for lovers of history and literature. Honeymooners will spend an evening in a luxury hotel in Toledo after visiting the Royal Palace of Aranjuez UNESCO World Heritage site to discover the historic underground ruins. The following day, there are winery tours and wine tastings and the opportunity to indulge in the best gastronomy of Toledo and taste several dishes local to the La Mancha region. A trip to La Mancha would not be complete without a visit to the 12 windmills in Consuegra, dating back to the 16th century. It is arguably one of the most remarkable sites in the region. Discover the culture, monuments and landscapes of La Mancha, which pays homage to Miguel de Cervantes, author of the famous novel Don Quixote
Wine Tourism Spain offers a one-night Toledo, Windmills & Wineries Private Tour from £492 per person based on two sharing a double room. This includes one-night accommodation in a luxury hotel in Toledo, a special gastronomic meal, breakfast, one lunch, visits and tastings at two wineries, a visit to three monuments of Toledo and the UNESCO Heritage Site of Aranjuez, transportation and an expert tour guide. Valid for travel year-round. www.winetourismspain.com
Best when love is in the air
A one-off hot air balloon experience over Rioja
Those looking for an adventure and once in a lifetime experience can enjoy a hot air balloon ride at sunrise overlooking the vast vineyards of Rioja. After enjoying dramatic views of the Sierra Cantabria mountains, the Ebro river, and the diverse flora and fauna of the region, gently descend and celebrate with a glass of signature Rioja cava. From here, guests can explore some of the best wineries in the country from those which line Río Ebro around the town of Haro, to the lesser-known, more intimate wineries in neighbouring Navarra and the Basque province of Álava. As well as this, Rioja is home to ancient monuments, historical churches, unforgettable gastronomy and breathtaking landscapes.
Wine Tourism Spain offers a range of bespoke experiences in Rioja, ranging from one day trips to multi-tours. The hot air ballooning experience costs £290. www.winetourismspain.com