by Annie Bennett, The Daily Telegraph, The month of january 3, 2017
Planning for a holiday to Spain ? Read how you can book the very best Spanish wine and food holiday, with suggestions about gourmet tours, our experts’ favourite vineyards, markets and cookery courses, along with the best tour operators. By Telegraph Travel’s The country experts.
We’re all now popping chorizo and ibérico pork into our shopping baskets, in addition to manchego cheese and, obviously, a container of Spanish wine. You can spend a really happy holiday indeed going through the regions where your favourite foods and vino is created.
The very best hams, for instance, come in free airline of the nation, in Salamanca, Extremadura and the Sierra de Aracena within the north of Andalusía . Every region has its own specialities. Around 40 artisan cheeses are created in Asturias, when you could spend a week in Galicia eating yet another kind of sea food every single day.
Take a look at the organisation Tasting The country ( tastingspain.es ) for many suggestions for foodie breaks – you are able to book handy packages including accommodation, restaurant reservations and many types of gourmet encounters.
Scroll lower for a summary of tour operators offering wine and food holidays to The country
The country has 69 formally-recognised wine production regions spread across the nation, and visiting wineries is a superb method of finding little-known parts. La Rioja, the favourite wine area, can also be worth visiting because of its food and spectacular countryside. The wines of Navarre, Aragón, Castilla León and Galicia deserve to become also known, and therefore are wonderful regions to understand more about for his or her culture and history too. If you’re on vacation in the Balearics or Canaries, there are several interesting wines being created in the room. See Wine Routes of The country ( en.wineroutesofspain.com ) should you fancy establishing your personal wine tour.
But it’s sherry that’s really getting a moment after many years of gathering sticky dust at the rear of cupboards. We’re finally learning that there are numerous different types – which is extremely affordable too. If you want anymore of the excuse to go to elegant Jérez, it had been European Town of Wine in 2014 and hosts an Worldwide Sherry Week every year. Annie Bennett
Tour operators offering wine and food holidays in The country
Annie B’s Spanish Kitchen (00 34 620 560 649 anniebspain.com ) Well-reviewed cookery school in lovely Andalusian pueblo blanco of Vejer en Frontera also sherry tasting.
An Idea of Spain (00 34 856 079 626 atasteofspain.com ) Private cookery classes, tapas crawls and tours centered on regions (Basque Country, Catalonia, Andalusia, La Mancha, Galicia) and merchandise (pork, cheese, sea food, and so forth).
Gourmet on Tour (020 7558 8796 gourmetontour.com ) Private tours include tapas-bar hopping in Seville, cookery in Barcelona, and cookery and pinxtos-bar crawling in San Sebastian.
Spanish Thyme Traveller (00 34 96 225 4148 thespanishthymetraveller.com ) Foodie breaks that typically span culture and walking options include concentrating on paella and cava in Valencia, and pork in Teruel.
Glass half full: taste the scrumptious wines of los angeles Rioja – and a few less popular regions – on the wine tour of The country.
Arblaster & Clarke (01730 263111 winetours.co.uk ) A Rioja vineyards walking tour private group sherry tours in Andalusia may also be arranged.
Grape Escapes (0845 643 0860 grapeescapes.net ) Options include flexible short breaks to La Rioja region.
Smooth Red (020 8877 4940 smoothred.co.uk ) Tailor-made journeys towards the Rioja and Ribera del Duero regions.
The next cultural and activity specialists offer food- and drink-themed breaks to The country:
Christopher Pollard Tours (01823286097 christopherpollardtours.com ) Guided, gastronomic burglary Madrid, along with a tour of Spain’s Mediterranean winelands.
Exodus (0845 508 4195 exodus.co.uk ) Cycling and wine-tasting led tour with the Rioja region.
Explore (01252 883694 explore.co.uk ) Interesting walking and wine-tasting tours: one consuming the Basque Country, La Rioja and Catalonia, another mixing the Spanish Ribera del Duero and Portuguese Duoro regions.
HF Holidays (0345 470 8558 hfholidays.co.uk ) Breaks mixing cooking and walking in Andalusia as well as in the Picos de Europa.
Inntravel (01653 617000 inntravel.co.uk ) The specialist in independent walking/cycling breaks makes an item of selecting hotels that offering good food. Spanish walking holidays include Gastronomic Trails in Catalonia, and Gastronomic Garrotxa.
Smart Travel (0808 274 5111 intrepidtravel.com ) A led Real Food Adventure – Northern The country tour, consuming San Sebastian, the Rioja region and Barcelona.
Martin Randall Travel (020 8742 3355 martinrandall.com ) Upmarket led gastronomic/cultural breaks, with tapas tours, tastings and gourmet meals, of Andalusia, Catalonia and also the Basque Country.
Saga Holidays (0800 096 0074 travel.saga.co.uk ) Tastes and Flavours of The country tour, through Castile, La Rioja, Aragon and Catalonia.
Travel company listings by Fred Mawer
This short article was compiled by Annie Bennett, from The Daily Telegraph and was legally licensed with the NewsCred writer network.