Discover the best kept secrets of Southern Spain’s exquisite wines and gastronomy on this all-inclusive 7-day small group tour.
From the historic sherry bodegas of Jerez, to the up-and-coming vineyards of Ronda, Andalucia boasts top-quality wines.
On this tour, you will explore 3 ‘Denominación de Origen’ (D.O. areas or the equivalent to France’s Appellation d’Origine Controllée) spread over 4 different regions: Axarquía (Malaga province) belonging to the D.O. Sierras de Malaga, Montilla (Córdoba province) belonging to the D.O. Montilla-Moriles, Ronda (Malaga province) belonging to the D.O. Sierras de Málaga and Jérez (Cádiz province) belonging to the D.O Sherry.
The regions you will visit on this tour are Axarquia, Montilla-Moriles, Ronda, Jérez, Doñana National Park.
Day 1: Upon arrival to Malaga airport you will be transferred to the Axarquia region, to Bodegas Bentomiz. Here, you’ll enjoy a guided tour of the winery’s vineyards and production area. After the tour, you’ll get to taste four of their Ariyanas wines. This will be followed by a delicious gourmet wine-pairing lunch in the wine salon. Continue to the charming town of Frigiliana to discover the most beautiful views of the Mediterranean coastline. Then transfer to your hotel in Córdoba.
Day 2: Discover the rich history and heritage of the ancient city of Córdoba during a private guided tour visiting the magnificent Mosque / Cathedral, the quaint Jewish quarter and the beautiful Alcazar gardens. Enjoy lunch at Bodegas Campos: a beautiful maze of rooms and patios, this restaurant serves a delicious menu putting a creative twist on traditional Andalucian dishes without ever taking away from its authenticity. You will have the afternoon and evening at your own leisure to further explore Córdoba.
Day 3: Today enjoy a full-day trip to the unspoilt Montilla-Moriles wine region, the little Tuscany in Andalucia. Olive oil, gastronomy, and wine are part of Andalucia’s popular wisdom and with this tour, you will delve into this fascinating world. You will experience the process of olive oil making at a family run olive oil mill. Then visit a family run boutique winery and learn about the distinctive wines that are produced and aged here, from fino to oloroso, amontillado and of course, the worldwide known sweet delicacy Pedro Ximenez. The visit will end with a delicious tasting of 5 different wine varieties and a traditional tapas lunch home made by the winery owners. Transfer to Ronda where you will enjoy a magical city walk during sunset.
Day 4: Discover Ronda and its wines. Morning tour of the Roman site of Acinipo where you will learn about the region’s long wine history. Then, you will visit a boutique family-run winery close by. You will learn directly from the family producers the whole wine-making process, ‘from grape to glass’. This will be followed by a tasting of their wines paired with a delicious tapas lunch homemade and cooked by Gema herself. After lunch, you’ll head to your second winery of the day where you’ll enjoy a guided tour of this family-run boutique winery which will include a visit to the cellar and gardens, a tasting of 3 wines paired with cured Iberian meats and cheese .
Day 5: Depart for Jérez: birthplace of sherry! After a short orientation walking tour of the old town it’s time to visit Bodegas Tradición a winery dedicated to combining two art forms: the elaboration and ageing of Sherry wines and Spanish paintings. The bodega tour concludes with a tasting of 3 of their finest sherries. From the winery, you will head to La Carboná a fabulous restaurant located an old sherry bodega, now renovated, Here, you’ll enjoy a wonderful wine pairing lunch. Your afternoon is then free at leisure.
Day 6: Today you will discover the Sherry Triangle! Morning visit of a winery in Salucar where you will visit the vineyards and winery and sample five of the bodega’s wines including Manzanilla, accompanied by some snacks. Time for a lunch of seasonal local ingredients at the Bodega’s restaurant EntreBotas. In the afternoon you will explore Doñana National Park; a remarkable corner of the country known for its wetlands, migratory birds, pine forests and shifting coastal dunes. Transfer to Doñana in one of the traditional barges that cross the Guadalquivir River. There, you’ll get into a four-wheel drive vehicle with which you will visit Doñana’s various ecosystems. The jeep tour ends in “La Plancha”, a village of huts where the Doñana’s inhabitants used to live. Tonight, you’ll live an experience truly unique to Jerez, an evening at a tabanco; an old Sherry store where great tasting wine is enjoyed directly from the barrel while listening to authentic Flamenco rhythms.
Day 7: Today, you’ll discover Jerez’s third passion: horses. After a leisurely morning in Jerez, you will enjoy the Royal Equestrian School’s well-known horse show “How the Andalusian horse dances”, an equestrian ballet with Spanish music and 18th century style costumes. After the show, you will be transferred to Seville airport or train station for your departure.
- Private luxury transportation
- Daily breakfast, 6 lunches, 1 dinner
- English speaking tour leader
- Six winery visits and wine tastings
- 24 hrs assistance
- Olive oil farm visit and tasting
- 6-nights accommodation in 3 and 4-star boutique hotels
- Boat trip and Jeep tour in Doñana NP
- Equestrian show
- Transfer on arrival and departure
- Flamenco show
- City tours in Frigiliana, Córdoba, Ronda, Jérez
- Supplement applies for single travellers.
- Meals (not listed in the inclusions)
- International airfares