Spanish Wine: A TRIP DOWN SOUTH FROM MADRID

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Private Wine Tours Madrid | Wine Tastings and Gastronomy near Madrid

So, are you done with Madrid Excursions? Why not take a pick outside the city. Spain is often portrayed as a land of olive trees and vineyards. This is in fact a pretty accurate picture of the country. But where are they? Do we need to take the long journey down to Andalusia to see them? Not at all!

It takes but less than an hour drive from Madrid to find you are surrounded by the most typical landscapes of interior Spain. This is one of the few Wine Tours of Spain which perfectly combines vernacular architecture, art in its most sofisticated form, historical Bodegas and the archetypical Mediterranean countryside of Spain.

Highlights:

Private expert guide

Private transport from Madrid

Spanish traditional lunch

Wine tastings

Concluding drink with tapas back in Madrid

Duration: 8 hours

Capacity: min 2 persons, max 8

Needless to say, we are almost sure you will enjoy yourself a lot!

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Leave Madrid at around 09:00 and reach the town of Colmenar de Oreja. Take a little tour of the town: the Plaza Mayor, the 16th c. church, the Ulpiano Checa Museum.

By noon, go and visit the Bodegas Jesús Díaz. Small family-run bodegas dating from the late 19th c. It is probably one of the very few places left in Spain where the old tinajas or tinajones (huge clay containers)are still used to keep the wine. Once we are done, we take the car and drive back to nearby Chinchón.

Because it'll be already lunchtime by the time we get there(lunchtime in Spain is normally NEVER before 14:00)I recommend we sit at the Parador and have a nice meal there. The Chinchón Parador is housed in a magnificent 17th c. monastery.

Other options for lunch include the classical Cuevas del Vino, a pretty old olive-oil mill dating from probably the mid 18th c. and really picturesque. Simple yet consistent Castilian food.

After lunch we can have a coffee at some of the places overlooking the famous Plaza Mayor of the town, quite an impressive sight for those unfamiliar with our traditional Castilian architecture.

It is then time in the evening to drive slightly south to the Royal Site of Aranjuez (Tour of the Royal Palace here NOT INCLUDED ), built almost entirely during the 18th c. following the enlightened ideals of a perfect town. Great gardens to see along the banks of the river Tajo, long way from where it meets the sea at Lisbon but still an important river in this part of the country.

This tour offers great views over the traditional Mediterranean agriculture of southeast Madrid province. The road to Colmenar de Oreja and Chinchón is mostly surrounded by olive groves and vineyards sitting on loose whitish limestone. A sharp contrast to the wet irrigated agriculture practiced in the Tajo Vega in the Aranjuez vicinity, where asparagus and strawberries are top of the top in Spain.

You get to see Art in many forms: Ulpiano Checa is credited with inspiring some of the best known scenography of golden age Hollywood but his museum in Colmenar is hardly known to anyone outside Madrid. The popular architecture of these Manchego-Castilian towns is remarkable (particularly in Chinón and the gardens at Aranjuez are outstanding.

Food is excellent (as tends to be in Spain) and the wine production and marketing is unpretentious (as should be). 

INCLUDED: Activities and transport as shown in the itinerary, lunch, courtesy evening drink.

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One Madsnail staff as your driver your guide for the day. Aside of the explanations provided by the staff at the Bodegas he/she will do the best for everyone to understand the history and the geography of the places we are in.

Transport during the entire day (pick-up and drop-off at your hotel). Road tolls and petrol.

Lunch.

Activities.