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For many people a cruise is the ultimate holiday, a destination that stays the same yet is always moving, a base amidst the changing beauty of many a scenic port town hugging the sunny coastline. The Mediterranean captures our imagination as an exotic land of culture and history, good food, good wine, and sunsets over quiet waves. Many Europeans make what could almost be considered a pilgrimage to its shores every year, its very name conjuring up images of relaxation... read more

One of the nicest ways to holiday, if you are a wine lover, would be to hire a car and drive around your favourite wine regions, stopping to stay in interesting places and visiting wineries. Add to that, tasting the food and exploring wine regions, and you have a memorable wine holiday. One of my favourite regions is La Rioja. Spain's most special wine region has over 500 wineries and is a short distance away from other Spanish cities: Bilbao, San... read more

Spain has the largest surface area of vineyards in the world. It’s also the third largest wine producer on the planet which makes it harder to know which wineries to stop at when you visit Spain. Since Spain is a country full of tradition, know-how and wine history it is difficult to narrow the list of most famous wineries down to just 10, but the ones selected have been chosen because they are great wineries with beautiful architecture, high-quality... read more

What comes to mind when you think of Spanish wines? Maybe a trusty Rioja? Perhaps you’ve dipped your toe into the realm of Ribera Del Duero but you know it’s quite a trek from Madrid? While you may know Madrid is a foodies paradise, home to no less than 14 Michelin starred restaurants, you probably don't naturally associate this city by the mountains with interesting wines. But good news, there is more to the Spanish world of... read more

Catalunya is a varied and distinct region for its local peculiarities, that over the years is becoming even more interesting on a gastronomic and wine level. Here, we want to briefly tell you about the best wineries you can find in the area.  1. Clos Figueras was founded in 1997 when the entrepreneur and wine distributor Christopher Cannan decided to invest in an abandoned vineyard in the very heart of Priorat wine country, Gratallops. Christopher and his wife Charlotte purchased 18 hectares... read more

Rioja has got it all - from traditional bodegas and medieval caves to modern, jaw-dropping architectural cellars. Our regional expert, Jenny, names some of the best wineries to visit in Rioja. Check out our map to discover where the best wineries in Rioja are. Bodegas Muga in Haro - many consider it the best tasting room in Rioja. No appointments needed; just call in and taste! A visit of the winery is also not to be missed as they... read more

Summer is coming to an end in the northern hemisphere, and vineyards will soon show off their beautiful golden and red colors as temperatures mellow during the day and become pleasantly cool at night. It is the peak of the most beautiful and active season for winemakers and wine lovers: the grape harvest season! The grape harvest is a crucial part of the winemaking process because the moment that the grapes are picked determines the acidity, sweetness, and flavor of... read more

Discover more about Rioja wines & its traditional food Located in the north of Spain, La Rioja is well known because of its wines, but how well do we really know them? For instance, did you know that while Tempranillo is the most common variety, there are more red grapes used for blends or varietal wines? And on top of that you also a range of white grapes which can’t be forgotten.  And La Rioja is not... read more

International Alabarino Day was celebrated one day only in August. 2016 will see the celebration continuing it's 5th year with a bang! The International Albarino Day is taking place  5 days between 3-7th August to coincide with the Fiesta del Albariño 2016 held in the charming coastal town of Cambados, located at the very heart of the Rias Baixas in north- west Spain – in the Arousa estuary. It is among the sun terraces of stone manor... read more

What’s happening in the vineyard? August is the month of veraison (see below) when the grapes’ colour changes from green to purple or white to golden green. This is a beautiful time of the year in the vineyard marking the start of the ripening process. August will be a fun-filled month for food and wine lovers. Various events are taking place around the world with summer written all over them for you to travel, sample new... read more