The ancient land of Western Andalucia climbs north from Seville into the Cork Oak Natural Park to finally dive into the Atlantic Ocean. The settings for this journey are spectacular: ranging from the uniqueness of Seville, to classic seaside villages and mountain passes.
When it comes to wine, awaiting you this week are organic wines from Ronda, new recovered viticulture tradition from Cádiz (the oldest city in Western Europe) and noble sherry wines from the Sherry Triangle (Jerez-El Puerto-Sanlucar). Of course wine is to be paired and shared, and Andalucia knows how to do it. You will experience the real meaning of tapear as you have access to Europe’s larder, ranging from wild blue-fin tuna, jamon iberico, extraordinary fish and seafood, wild cattle meats, game, wild mushrooms, expertly aged cheeses, extra virgin olive oil, sweets and spices influenced by the Arab cuisine and veggies of all varieties.
We organize your custom wine holidays, this is an inspiring week itinerary:
- An exclusive itinerary crafted by native local experts fruit in search of the best genuine wine, culinary and cultural experiences.
- One-of-a-kind visits to unique winemakers generally closed to the public.
- A complete introduction to sherry wines.
- Dive into local cuisine through our suggested restaurants.
- Discover new luxury is not about having anymore, but about being.
- We cannot control everything and we leave room for improvisation.
- Totally private tour exclusive for you and your party.
Day 1: Seville. Arrival to Seville. Late in the afternoon we suggest a guided tour to explore the city from a native perspective. Enjoy an afternoon stroll around Santa Cruz, la Alameda, el Arenal, in a cultural-lifestyle combined experience as if you were a sevillano. In the evening it’s time for a fine dining taste; a pairing menu at some of our favorite restaurants can be arranged.
Day 2: Seville. You can spend the morning in a private-guided tour visiting some of the most impressive monuments; the Cathedral, the Alcazar Palace (Reales Alcázares), the Casa de Pilatos all dating from the 11th to the 16th century. If you prefer to do some shopping we can take you to the best local designers ateliers. Then a tapas style lunch is a must. That’s the way we mostly eat in Seville and Andalucia, we like ordering several small portions and share them with a glass of wine, and very often by the countertop. Enjoy a free afternoon (we can take care of any extra activity or restaurant booking).
Day 3: Ronda. We’ll pick you up in the morning and drive up to Ronda (Malaga countryside), you will be impressed by the beauty of the city, perched on the El Tajo river canyon. You will visit a couple of small family-run organic wine estates making wine at over 800 meters altitude. Being introduced to the winemakers and establishing a close relationship you will access to much more than a landscape or a wine; you will feel the real wine love and the respect for the environment. Lunch is foreseen in the vineyards if the weather cooperates (it normally does).
Free afternoon to enjoy yourself (we can take care of any extra activity or restaurant booking).
Day 4: Ronda. Today’s first stop will be at one of the smallest wineries and without any doubts one of the most stimulating. Then, imagine yourself in a 15th century convent with original paintings, overlooking the breathtaking gorge over 100 meters deep dug by the waters of the river. A wine inspiring journey though history, arts, creativity and lots of wine. An al-fresco barbecue at one of the spectacular terraces will be served for lunch.
Last night in Ronda, the city deserves to be known, we propose a private-guided cultural visit with a native rondeño.
Free evening to enjoy yourself (we can take care of any extra activity or restaurant booking).
Day 5: Malaga & Jerez de la Frontera. Today we leave Malaga province and head to Jerez but we will stop en route for one more sensitive life event: the Olive Oil experience. Spanish olive oil production doesn’t always occur on large swaths of flat landscapes, as we tend to imagine; although this is the case in Sierra de Cadiz, where we are. As a result of the steep slopes, only mules and muleteers can access the groves. We will share a great time with the owner who also makes a wine of very limited production; a Spanish aperitif at its best with fresh bread, olive oil, cheese and red wine.
We’ll be in Jerez de la Frontera for lunchtime, take your time to relax or explore the sherry capital before visiting the first sherry bodega right downtown. Small and charming, you will try an extraordinary range of finos straight from the cask not on a tasting table! Dine in the old center a pairing menu that combines the most succulent traditional specialties with some of the most delicious sherry wines.
Day 6: Jerez & El Puerto de Santa Maria. It’s cheese day and we’ll visit a family-run business specialized in making cheeses and products from their own herd of goats, which they raise and milk themselves. They also breed Iberian pigs and take care of about ten donkeys. From fresh dairy curd to aged cheese from raw milk, you will savor the rustic intensity of a homemade delicacy. From cheese to our first sherry experience. We will be heading to one of the three pillars of the Sherry Triangle, El Puerto de Santa Maria, set on the banks of the Guadalete river, it is known as The City of the 100 Palaces, El Puerto is sitting on a rich but unnoticed declined grandeur. The fish port and its strategic situation within salt marshes and infinite beaches surely worth a stop. Unfortunately very few bodegas have survived, and we cannot miss visiting those survivors. Surprisingly, the few still standing are set in splendid wine cathedrals and their sherries are simply delicious. Be ready for a sensorial and unexpected wine visit with a complete introduction to sherry wines. After a fabulous pairing lunch we’ll go back to Jerez. Early in the evening we propose a tabancos tour with a high probability of witnessing a life flamenco show. If you want to know more about tabancos read more here.
Day 7: Jerez & Sanlúcar de Barrameda The third day in the Sherry Triangle is devoted to manzanillas from Sanlúcar de Barrameda as you get immersed in of the most charismatic and undomesticated remote areas of Andalucia, influenced by the sea and its strategic situation at the Guadalquivir river mouth and right in front Doñana Park, the biggest European Natural Park. After two days trying sherries you will easily make the difference between those from Jerez and those from Sanlucar. Manzanilla tends to be fresher, lighter and a little bit more salty because bodegas are few meters away from the sea and the humidity levels and the dominant winds influence change dramatically. We’ll visit two bodegas, none of them opened to the public. After lunch by the beach in Sanlucar (normally outdoors) we will drive back to Jerez.
For your last evening we would recommend a fine farewell dinner either where you choose between a two Michelin starred restaurant or the pioneer cuisine from on the best and most respected Andalusian chefs.
Day 8: Departure
Which wines will we try? Red and white wines from Ronda, mostly organic from very small independent producers, and the full range of sherry wines from Jerez, El Puerto and Sanlucar.
Who is the tour director? We will personally host you in this adventure.
These are totally customizable holidays, shorter or longer journeys can be designed to suit your schedule and interests. We care about your privacy, please let us know what is your perfect balance between free time and activities and we will adjust the program to suit you.
Prices are available upon request since each itinerary is different and adapted to suit your personal taste, party details, needs and schedule.
We generally host all activities ourselves - a personal touch to provide our guests with the most relaxing and unforgettable experience.
- We host you personally - we go that extra mile to offer the most authentic experiences.
- Feel 100% looked after; we are your hosts
- Accommodation in boutique hotels or in private villas.
- In private residences, an optional honesty wine bar can be set up with main local wines.
- All visits as listed in the suggested itinerary or as arranged in your customized journey.
- Meal board to be defined with you (from only breakfast to full board guided tour).
- Luxury chauffeured-service
- All local taxes
- Personal purchases
- Transfers from/to the airport, to be scheduled and quoted individually