A change of pace: Xarel-lo grape variety

Xarel-lo has been synonymous with sparkling wine for centuries. Cultivated in the hills of Penedès (south of Barcelona), it contributes vital structure and acidity to Cava and other sparkling wine styles like Corpinnat and Penedès Classic. As far as the winemaking community is concerned, most, if not all, of Spain’s greatest and most authentic sparkling […]

Comeback kid: Garnacha Blanca

Garnacha Blanca is one of Spain’s great revival stories. It’s a familiar tale: a once prolific variety fell out of fashion in the 20th century due to economic and cultural factors. Phylloxera certainly did the grape no favors; many Garnacha Blanca vines were not re-grafted in the early 1900s after Spain’s vineyards were devastated by […]

Una Sorpresa: Albillo grape variety

Spain is a chameleon. For wine lovers who seek familiar styles and much-loved classics, it offers velvety reds from Rioja and potent concoctions from Ribera del Duero. Sparkling wine aficionados take their pick from Cava, Corpinnat, and Conca del Rui Anoia, produced in spectacular vineyards located south of Barcelona. Fans of fortified have sherry, while […]

A Burgundy imitation: Godello grape variety

Spain has a longstanding global reputation for producing smooth and elegant red wines. Rioja, Ribera del Duero, Bierzo, and Priorat have become household names among collectors and Spanish enthusiasts looking for a taste of the Iberian Peninsula. Yet the nation’s talented winegrowers have not limited their ambitions to the color red. Modern Spain is all […]

Thrust into the spotlight: Albariño

For decades, white varieties from the Iberian Peninsula were an almost non-existent part of Europe’s restaurant scene. Wine lovers raved about silky reds from Rioja – they cheered the arrival of new vintages from Bodegas La Rioja Alta and Viña Tondonia. But fresh and fruit-driven white wines? They were noticeable by their absence. Thankfully, this […]

Verdejo’s journey to greatness

It has been described as Spain’s answer to New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, which is not damning with faint praise! Once an unknown quantity in the arid plains of Castilla y León, Verdejo has been put on the international map. The acreage has been steadily increasing for years, reflecting the insatiable global demand for saline and […]

Spanish Cuisine: A Guide to the Best Traditional Foods of Spain

Spanish Cuisine Guide Traditional Spanish food is uncomplicated, flavorful, and based on the freshest regional ingredients made available by Spain’s diverse geography. The Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea surround most of the country, and Spain shares its eastern border with France. While mountains and valleys sprawl across the country’s vast and varied interior landscape. […]

Castilla y León: The Best Castilian-Leonese Dishes & Wines to Match

Castilla y León is one of Spain’s most diverse destinations. The Cantabrian Mountains border the landlocked region to the north and Portugal to the west. Galicia, Rioja, and other Spanish regions surround Castilla y León, too. Geographically, the region is prime real estate for agriculture, as it’s mostly an undulating plateau with fertile soils. Yet […]

Andalusian Cuisine: Fresh Produce, A Bounty of Seafood & Sherry from Jerez

Andalusia is a vibrant Spanish region encompassing the southern coast of Spain. Both the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea uniquely influence the region. Its vicinity to these waterways and position on the gateway to the Mediterranean historically meant numerous civilizations left their mark on Andalusia. For example, the Romans imparted their wisdom in cultivating […]

Catalan Cuisine from Tapas in Barcelona to Seafood in Costa Brava

Catalonia lies in the northeastern corner of Spain hugging the Pyrenees and bordered by the Mediterranean Sea. This historic autonomous community, known as Cataluña in Spanish and Catalunya in Catalan, is one of Spain’s most prosperous regions. Each year, millions of travelers flock to Catalonia annually to experience Catalan culture, dynamic cuisine, and unique customs. […]

Galician Cuisine: Seafood & Land-Based Dishes to Pair with Galician Wines

The Spanish region of Galicia is a bucket list destination for foodies, wine enthusiasts, and outdoor adventurists alike. Galicia encompasses the northwestern corner of Spain with the Atlantic to the west, the Cantabrian Sea to the north, Portugal to the south, and the Spanish regions of Castile-León and Asturias to the east. The world-famous Camino […]

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Cellar Tours is a Luxury Travel Specialist, operating since 2003 and offering exclusive Mercedes chauffeured Gourmet Vacations in Chile, France, Italy, Ireland, Portugal, South Africa, and Spain. We specialize in luxurious custom designed vacations, events and incentives related to food and wine. We are proud members of Slow Food, UNAV (Travel Agency Association in Spain), and the IACP (International Association of Culinary Professionals).

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