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Best wine tours in Andalucia

Why Visit Andalucia?

Andalucía, the southernmost region of Spain, is the birthplace of one of the most famous fortified wines: sherry. The regions aptly named ‘Sherry Triangle’ is the best place in the world for a sherry tasting tour! However, there’s more to Andalucía than unmatchable sherry tasting opportunities. Over the last few decades, the region has undergone something of a viticultural awakening and now also produces some excellent still wines. A wine tasting holiday in Andalucía is the perfect opportunity to delve into the fascinating world of sherry, but also to discover the exciting new wines of the region.

From the historic bodegas of Jerez to the up-and-coming vineyards in Ronda and Granada, Andalucía offers a diverse variety of wine tasting opportunities.If you’re interested in differentiating a Fino from a Manzanilla, understanding what makes a Pedro Ximenez so sweet or learning which tapas pairs well with an Oloroso, head to the city of Jerez, which is brimming with bodegas, and book a private or small group sherry tasting tour.  Away from the famous Sherry Triangle, the wine regions of DO Sierras de Málaga and DO Montilla-Moriles are experimenting with the production of red and white still wines, combining traditional methods with cutting-edge oenological technologies. Experience these exciting new wines first-hand on a wine tasting tour. 

If you’re planning a food focused holiday, Andalucía should be top of your list. It’s the ultimate foodie destination boasting a rich and varied cuisine, and diversity of food tasting experiences from innovative Michelin-starred restaurants to unpretentious tapas bars. Not to be missed regional specialities include the incomparable Jamón Ibérico, creamy tomato Salmorejo, and high-quality red tuna. For the best introduction to Andalucian cuisine join a guided tapas tour in Seville or Granada, discover the tapas bars known only to the locals and sample a variety of authentic dishes. 

Andalucía boasts awe-inspiring historical sites, passionate dance traditions and even dancing horses! The region is home to no less than seven UNESCO World Heritage sites, including the magnificent Alhambra in Granada, the magical Royal Alcázar in Seville, and one of the finest examples of Islamic architecture in Western Europe - Córdoba’s Mosque-Cathedral.
It’s the birthplace of Flamenco so don’t leave without immersing yourself in true Spanish culture and experiencing the intense passion of an authentic flamenco show. Another dance tradition unique to Andalucía is the famous dancing horses. Visit the Royal Andalucian School of Equestrian Art in Jerez to witness an extraordinary equestrian ballet.

In Jerez there are several large wine cellars with “open” visiting hours. However, many bodegas are boutique or family run operations, and it can be difficult to secure a tour at short notice, or if you don’t speak Spanish. If you want to visit the most hidden and interesting cellars, we recommend booking a guided sherry tasting tour.

Plan Your Visit

Best Known Grapes

The principal grapes in sherry making are Palomino, Pedro Ximenéz and Moscatel. Palomino accounts for over 90% of all grapes grown in the Sherry Triangle: it is unsurprisingly found in most sherries produced in the region. High yielding, versatile and easy to grow, it's a hardy, reliable variety perfect for traditional sherry making. The still wines of Andalucía are typically produced from the red grapes of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Petit Verdot, and Tempranillo. White varieties grown in the region include Chardonnay, Macabeo, Colombard, and Sauvignon Blanc.
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Best time to visit

Thanks to a balmy Mediterranean climate, there really is no bad time of year to visit Andalucía. The weather during the spring (April – June) and autumn (September – October) months is the most favourable for a wine tasting holiday: plenty of sunshine and pleasant temperatures perfect for al fresco dining and strolling between bodegas. During the summer months temperatures can peak around 40°C, so if you visit during this time of year, we recommend staying in one of the region’s beautiful beach resorts. Just as with any wine region, the autumn is the best time to visit for those with a serious interest in viticulture as it coincides with harvest season. This is also a great time of year to enjoy local harvest festivals, which proliferate in towns and villages around the region at this time including the Grape Harvest Festival held in Jerez in September.
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How long to stay

Wine and food focused holidays in Andalucía can be as short or as long as you wish! If you’re short on time enjoy a long weekend in Seville or Jerez filled with tapas tasting, sherry sampling and cultural sightseeing. We guarantee that after 3 days you’ll leave wanting to return! In a week you would have time to experience more of the region, for example combining Jerez with Cadiz, Seville with Cordoba, or Granada and Ronda. However, for a full immersion into Andalucian wine and cuisine we recommend staying for two weeks and taking a road trip through the region.
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How to get there

There are two international airports serving Andalucía, located in Malaga and Seville, and four domestic airports located in Almería, Cordoba, Granada, and Jerez de la Frontera.  Spain's national railway network (RENFE) is extensive and efficient, making train travel easy to and around the region. In addition to regular regional services, high speed AVE trains connect Seville, Cordoba, and Malaga, and beyond to Madrid, Valencia, and Barcelona.  
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