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Tips for Wine Tasting Tours in Spain

People visit Spain for many different reasons and the tourist beaches and resorts are well known. If food and drink are one of the reasons that you consider Spain for a holiday and you fancy something a little different rather than the usual beach holiday, then why not consider a wine tasting tour of Spain.

It is possible to book a tour through a major tour operator such as Thomson or there are smaller specialist companies which offer private tours that you can tailor to your personal requirements. If you have a spirit of adventure though, you could arrange your wine tasting tour yourself.

Rioja is probably the best known Spanish wine and Rioja in the Basque country, Navarra is the most densely planted area in Spain. Other popular destinations include Castilla Leon, Cataluña and Valencia.

Flights to Spain are plentiful and cheap and it is easy to arrange car hire once you arrive. Another alternative if you were feeling extra adventurous is to take your car over to France and then drive down to Spain. The benefit of having a car is that you will want to buy plenty of what you taste and taking it home yourself will be cheaper than shipping it. If you book a tour with a holiday company like Thomson then you should factor the cost of shipping wine home into the overall cost of your holiday.

There are lots of different types of accommodation to choose from in Spain from cheap hotels or hostels up to luxury five star hotels. You will definitely be able to find something to suit your taste and budget.

With larger vineries it is probably advisable to arrange your wine tasting in advance. Some may have websites so it will be possible to contact them before your holiday. Smaller vineries will not need as much notice so if you plan to stay nearby, then you could pop in the day before. Staying nearby will also give you the opportunity to sample local dishes as well as the wine from that region.

If you want to buy some wine after your tasting but don't want to take it with you, then most vineries will ship it to your home. You should be careful to check the cost of this before purchasing and also remember to make a separate note of exactly which bottles you have purchased just in case of shipping errors.

So if you are looking for a holiday that will give you the opportunity to sample fantastic wines and authentic Spanish cuisine and you want the chance to travel independently then organising a wine tasting tou could be your perfect adventure. It would be a chance to experience the real Spain away from the usual tourist destinations.

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