The best wine routes for an enotourist getaway

Enotourism for an autumnal escape/ pixabay.com/es/users/photomix-company-1546875/
Enotourism for an autumnal escape / pixabay.com/es/users/photomix-company-1546875/
25 September 2019, Redaction

We've always associated wine with relaxation and a quiet dinner with our family or friends, haven't we? We can also start associating it with our rural tourism getaways and transform them into wine tourism getaways.

Challenge yourself to learn more about wine culture in the Iberian peninsula by testing your senses of taste and smell. Each of the routes that we present to you offer traditions, landscapes and characteristic and singular cultural aspects that derive in a personality of their own. Get ready to discover all these nuances with the help of good wines!

Penedés wine route

Vineyards in Penedés / flickr.com/photos/angela_llop/
Vineyards in Penedés / flickr.com/photos/angela_llop/

The hours of sunshine and the influence of the Mediterranean make the Penedès a wide (it occupies part of the provinces of Barcelona and Tarragona) and open territory, as well as being privileged for the cultivation of vines.

The region is dominated by the production of what many consider to be the best cava in the world, but the area's white wines are also very famous. They are aromatic wines, with little body and therefore very light, but excellent quality.

Currently most wineries use oak barrels, but there are still some winemakers who are reluctant to abandon the flavour given by chestnut and acacia barrels.

Rioja Alta wine route

Rioja Alta wineries / riojalta.com/
Rioja Alta wineries / riojalta.com/

This route has red wine as its flag, and the town of Haro as its "capital". It is a village that preserves part of its medieval charm as well as other nearby towns, such as Briones.

This area of the Rioja Alta makes wine not only as a product but also as a social and cultural standard, which can be observed in its festivals and traditions, which revolve around this wine.

It is very important to choose the time of year to visit the area. Autumn and spring are the periods in which you can enjoy the landscapes offered by the Rioja Alta wine route the most.

Vinho Verde route

Vinho verde / flickr.com/photos/lanier67/
Vinho verde / flickr.com/photos/lanier67/

The vinho verde, unique in the world, is an excellent reason to discover the northwest region of Portugal. In front of you you will have 34,000 hectares of fertile and rich land, in an area that has traditionally been known as 'between Douro-e-Minho'. It is a landscape with a predominantly green colour and its "capital" is Ponte de Lima, whose mountains and valleys have created an orchard of vineyards.

Whether you choose a white or a red wine, you will find that it is a very light wine, especially aromatic, that is drunk fresh and that will perfectly accompany your fish or seafood.

Rías Baixas wine route

Grapes along the Rías Baixas wine route / beberiasbaixas.com/
Grapes along the Rías Baixas wine route / beberiasbaixas.com/

The Rías Baixas make up an area marked by a mosaic of blue and green tones. Lands with mild temperatures, Atlantic character and lush vegetation where a great winemaking tradition has been built.

These 3,600 hectares in the southwest of Galicia have made Albariño its best presentation. Although it isn't entirely clear, it is said that the Albariño reached these lands in the 12th century but in no other part of the planet has it reached the quality of the Rías Baixas.

The combination of this great wine with the gastronomy of the area (not only the very famous seafood, but also cheeses, vegetables, fruits...) will take your palate to a new phase of flavour.

Jerez wine route

Jerez wine route / http://www.sherry.wine/
Jerez wine route / http://www.sherry.wine/

Sherry (Jerez) wine, the international sherry, is one of the most recognised Spanish products in the world. As it could not be otherwise, Jerez de la Frontera is the capital of this Denomination of Origin. The city manages to combine among its streets flamenco tablaos, equestrian shows, monuments of different cultures and religions, and of course wineries producing sherry.

The sherry wineries, whether due to their dim light, their majestic form or their peculiar architecture, have become true sanctuaries where time is worshipped.

The route extends through several areas of Cadiz and has a deep-rooted winemaking tradition that ranges from the driest wines such as Fino, to other generous liqueurs such as Manzanilla or natural sweets such as Moscatel.

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