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As the third largest wine producer in the world, Spain has plenty to offer for passionate wine lovers on the look out for new tastes. That’s why we’ve put together this selection of ten idyllic wine destinations for the ultimate vino adventure. These wine cellars, all tested and reviewed by Winestyle Travel, are simply oozing with quality, uniqueness and touristic appeal.
Just a 45-minute drive from Barcelona, Can Bonastre Wine Resort is the latest in state-of-the-art, luxury eco-tourism: an ancient Catalan wine cellar revamped as a hotel housing a spectacular spa with dazzling views of the Montserrat mountain. Can Bonastre offers guests a unique experience to unwind and indulge in high-quality wine, the real star of the show. Its wines stand at the confluence of 13 grape varieties, which are paired with a keen palate for taste and originality. Along with its fresh and modern offerings, such as a 100% Pinot Noir, you will find classic coupage wines such as the Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.
Named “Best Wine Cellar in Spain” at the International Wine & Spirit Competition, Lustau is a journey back in time to the heart of Jerez and its wine culture. Among its many award-winning offerings, the Sanlúcar de Barrameda Amontillado, part of their Almacenista range, is a distinguished choice with its gold colour reminiscent of the Andalusian coastline. For a grand finale to any good meal, the sweet, sun-ripened grape flavours of the San Emilio Pedro Ximenez makes for a tasteful conclusion.
This Catalonian wine destination has been regarded as one of the most sustainable, world-class wine cellars by the Empordà Designation of Origin. La Vinyeta tastefully couples the art of winemaking with the production of oil, vinegar and cheese. In addition, this cellar offers apartments by the vineyards where guests can fully immerse in a complete wine and environmental experience. The estate produces over ten wines such as its flagships Heus, Llavors and Puntiapart, its Sols natural sweet wine, and the generously dry Sereno and És Poma, all part of their 'special' line.
Torres is the most widely-admired wine label in the world, according to the British magazine Drinks Business. With over 50 brands present across 150 countries, the winery also has its own sustainability programme, Torres & Earth. However, the cellar also has several hidden treasures which are truly a gift for the palate: Perpetual, Salmos and Secret del Priorat. Perpetual is an elegant and well-balanced wine, with a captivating range of aromas. Salmos is a tribute to the monks of the Cartuja order, the first to grow this grape variety in the region, while Secret del Priorat’s name says it all: it’s a delicious secret.
Treat yourself to this lavish wine paradise named as one of the '50 Best Hotels in the World', by the UK newspaper The Telegraph, and as 'Best Hotel in Spain 2016' by TripAdvisor. A member of Relais & Châteaux, the hotel received the Europa Nostra award for best restoration of a historic building, and a Michelin star. Its Abadía Retuerta wines are among the 100 best in the world. One of its two restaurants, Vinoteca, houses the Abadía Retuerta private collection itself. This is wine pairing at its very best, in a relaxed and homely atmosphere, with the finest wine jewels in the house.
Close to the city of Salamanca, Hacienda Zorita is much more than a wine cellar. The aromas of wine infuse every corner of this five-star hotel, from its décor, which received special mention by Small Luxury Hotels of the World, to its spa on the riverbank, perhaps during a wine-therapy session, or at the Hacienda Zorita's wine cellar itself. Their wines are produced in-house using grapes from their own estate, thus controlling the production from start to finish. Among their finest are a white verdejo Rueda and three red wines. Their favourite child? El Magister.
The best wine bar in the world according to The Wall Street Journal, Monvínic is a perfect tandem: a space for the dissemination of wine culture and a refined restaurant specialising in tapas and designer dishes. Their culinary space, led by Guillem Oliva, is a rendezvous point for all things wine. Fledgling wine enthusiasts can dive into their vast, dedicated library and join a plethora of training courses and wine tastings offered by the biggest names in the industry.
The most sophisticated quarter in the capital city, Barrio de Salamanca is home to Lavinia, a space where you can indulge in an outstanding selection of over 4500 wines and spirits, served at shop prices with no mark-up whatsoever. Their restaurant is manned by Michelin-starred chef Fernando del Cerro. Underpinning the grapevine’s leading role is a versatile and contemporary concept based on a naturalist cuisine. Along with their modern bricks-and-mortar shop, the boutique also has an online portal, making Lavinia a digital market leader in wines and spirits.
La Rioja is without a doubt the most popular wine region in Spain, and Bodega Ostatu is a solid contributor to its prestige. Located in the Álava municipality of Samaniego, the cellar has been able to harness the reputation inherited over many generations of the family and confidently carry it forward into the age of sustainable winemaking. From this philosophy, it has been able to maintain the high quality of remarkable wines such as Gloria de Ostatu or Laderas de Ostatu, while expanding its range of young and aged offerings, called 'sensible wines.'
“Ex Vite Vita” – life comes from the grapevine – has been the motto of the Llopart family since 1887. The wines and cavas are produced at the Heredad de Can Llopart de Subirats, an estate with over 95 hectares of vineyards on the top of a hill with a privileged panoramic view of the Penedés region. They offer visits to their Gran Reserva cellar, workshops, space rental and corporate programs. Their Gran Reserva cellar visit is a unique chance to delve into the private dynasty of the Llopart family, which was inherited in the 14th century: a journey into history, with a taste of one of the most iconic and exclusive cavas from the cellar.
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