The six colours of the sherry country (3 days)
A private wine tour introduction to sherry wines, Andalusia 2016
A tour focused on the great Sherry wines
This tour is about rediscovering Sherry wines, some of the great fortified wines in the world, an important ambassador of Andalusia! Enjoy a stress-free travel experience in southern Spain, Jerez de la Frontera.
We will also visit Puerto de Santa María, a charming seaside town where authentic tabernas in town keep tradition very much alive. This tour combines wines and wellness experiences. The best way to experience the full taste of sherry is to enjoy it with the right food.
Arrival: Pick up at Malaga / Seville airport or at train station
Welcome by your guide, overview of the tour
Departure to Jerez de la Frontera where we visit a cathedral like bodega
Free visit of Jerez or optional Hammam – Arab Bath ritual
Tablao flamenco show
Tapas in a typical taberna and accommodation: Quality hotel in central Jerez
Departure to Puerto de Santa María
Visit: family Bodega where you meet the owner
Walk on the beach or boat tour in the Gulf of Cadiz
Evening: sherry tasting in a typical Taberna
Dinner and accommodation in Puerto de Santa María
Back to Jerez de la Frontera
The Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art
Exhibition “How the Andalusian horses dance” (12 am)
Lunch in a typical sherry tabanco
Departure to Seville and visit of the historical town center
In Jerez de la Frontera, we have hand-picked a centenarian building that previously hosted a cellar. It was completely restored in 2004. All rooms are comfortable and stylish. You are in the town centre and most wineries are within walking distance from your hotel.
Another Palace hotel, built in 1850, was restored and transformed into a luxury hotel. A unique experience for our travellers to enjoy one of the most exclusive boutique hotels in Spain.
from 685 € per person
- Mainland transportation to all places
- Expert English-speaking local guide
- Welcome drink with tapas
- Deluxe private bus for all transfers
- Entry fees to wineries and performance as per the itinerary,
- Between 3-5 wines for each tasting sessions
- The 2 scheduled meals of a half board program
- Accommodation in shared room
- Buffet breakfast daily
- All local taxes and tips
NOT included in the price:
- Airfares (Airline tickets) to/from the pick-up or drop-off locations
- Meals, services not specified as per itinerary
- Personal expenses, such as laundry, telecommunications, mini bar, spa treatments
- Wellness treatment & Spa sessions
- Travel insurance
- Lodging before or after the trip > Single room supplement: 87 €
Transfers from/to the airport available (for an extra fee)
All prices advertized or quoted are expressed in euro (€) and are per person, based on shared room.
The advertized price on the webpage is only indicative. It is calculated on an average party size (4-6 pers), qualitative hotels out of peak season, and no extras.
The information you provide us through the Get a Quote or Booking Form is important for us as it containts useful elements such as period of the year, accommodation type, group or party size, if all participants will share room or not. These points are essential to us to complete the quote in line with your budget. When we are asked to adjust itinerary or arrange tours in special periods of the year, prices can go slightly down or up, we try to moderate the price fluctuation by entering into agreements with our service providers. The accommodation availability is the main factor that can affect the advertized price of the original program.
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Traditions and Culture
Andalusia is a region rich of history, where culture is the result of long term social interaction of different civilizations and habits. For there were many settlers: Iberians, Celts, Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans and Muslims. Its strategic position, at the gate of two worlds (African continent and the Iberian peninsula) made it a major attraction for other civilizations since prehistoric times. In 1492, the army of the Catholic Kings defeated the last Moorish kingdom of Granada in what was know as the 'Reconquista'. The Moorish presence in Spain had lasted more than 7 centuries and profoundly marked the identity of Spain. From that moment Andalusia was the departing point for expeditions towards the New World. This is wherefrom Columbus initiated his long sailing journey to the Americas.
In the eighteenth century, Spain started to lose its grip on a number of colonies in the new World, along with a shift of economic growth impulsed from within more industrialized countries of northern Europe, as a result Andalusia began to lose economic power to seriously fall behind. Andalusia was established in 1981 as an autonomous community through a separate article of the Constitution. Large demonstrations in the region forced a referendum to give a voice to the Andalusians, subsequently Andalusia earned some greater autonomy from the central Government.
Recreations and Entertainment
The most popular celebrations taking place in Andalusia are 'Semana Santa' (Easter week celebrations), El Rocio, Cadiz and Granada Carnival.
As for specific areas:
• La feria de Sevilla (April Fair)
• The Jerez Horse Fair in August
• The Corpus Christi in Granada
• Nuestra Señora de la Salud in Córdoba (The Fair of Our Lady of Health )
• Huelva Columbian Fair Lady of the Sea of Almeria
• The Feria de San Lucas in Jaen
The cuisine of Andalucia is Mediterranean by nature and is merely based on primary products such as olive oil, semolina, vegetables, fish, meat and wine. The 'pescaíto frito' (fried fish) and shellfish are the most typical of the coast. Worth mentioning : Atún rojo (bluefin tuna), Langostino (shrimp), Gamba blanca (white shrimp) and the 'Chanquete' (a species of the goby) and cured ham from the mountain areas (Jamon de Húelva, Jamon de Jabugo).
Typical dishes highlight: the Alpujarras dish ('papas a lo pobre', fried peppers and usually some type of sausages, like chorizo), crumbs, alboronía, pipirrana, gazpacho, salmorejo, garlic soup.
Andalucia has a tradition of Christmas sweets and pastries, that convents used to bring to the open market during the year end Christians celebrations: mantecados, polvorones, alfajores, amarguillos.
The area also highlights the production of vinegar and brandy.
- Sherry is Spain's oldest wine-producing region
- Discovering the various types of fortified wines from 'fino' to 'manzanilla' through to some of the sweetest like 'PX' sherry
- There is probably no wine more versatile with savoury food than a fino sherry
- Cathedral type bodegas / cellars
- How the Andalousian horses dance
- Arab hammam
With a long experience in language tourism and translation, I have dived into the Slowwines wine travel project, as a founding partner. Although I was born and raised in Belgium, Spain became my adoptive country a long time ago and that is why its genuine culture and unwritten codes have no longer secrets for me.
My interest in wine brought me to undertake extra education in Burgundy.
Each acre of vineyard leads to a human story or personal experience worth sharing. I have personally visited all of the Slowwines wineries to design the most enjoyable wine routes, lead private tours and tasting sessions. There are lots of shared moments, with winemakers and with our visitors coming from all over the world, with diverse backgrounds and interests. I am always looking forward to visiting and sharing the next winery or cellar of the Peninsula, as this revives a never ending discovery of Iberian wines.
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3 days - The six colours of the sherry country
from €685 pp
Places of interest
- The Sherry triangle of the famous fortified and sweet wines
- The Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art
- Cathedral de Jerez de la Frontera
- The traditional Tabancos, well preserved meeting places where sherry wine is served
- Jerez Grand prix circuit - Circuito de Jerez