Discovering Wine Country & Inland Galicia Short Break

Self Guided
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    • Duration4 Days / 3 Nights
    • Group size 2-6 people
    • Tour ThemeShort Stay City Breaks, Food, Wine Tours and Cultural Adventures

    Moving away from the coast we follow the course of the river into the Miño river valley, a magical land on both sides of the river Miño a natural border separating Galicia from Northern Portugal.  Starting the day with a winery visit and tasting in the sub-zone of Condado de Tea (Tea County) which is part of the D.O. Rias Baixas. We will take a picturesque walk down at the river, following along a beautiful woodland path coming out where the rapids are and we will see the wall-like construction (Pesqueira) jutting out into the current tides with conical nets hooked to them. They have been used since Roman times to catch the lamprey eel a delicacy in the area. People come from all over at the season of the lamprea to taste it. On both sides of the miño, they prepare the lamprey eel and they both make wine from the same grape Albariño/Alvarinho. You will get a taste of the wine made on each side of the river border and you will actually walk right across into Portugal´s D.O.C. Vinho Verde wine country!

    Exploring deeper inland Galicia we encounter a sacred wine country… D.O. Ribeira Sacra. The Romans first cultivated the vineyards alongside the banks of the rivers Sil and Miño. The monks continued it on, but then the area was abandoned for years. Fortunately, Ribeira Sacra has undergone a renaissance over the last three decades since people been coming back and replanting the terrace and making some of the best wines in the world. Such a hard land to cultivate taking years to build and with a steep slope incline of up to 86 degrees! No wonder the area is known as heroic viticulture. The most well-known grapes varieties are Mencia (red) and Godello (white), but Albariño (white) is also planted here as well as other local indigenous varieties.

    You will take a wine country walk to a viewpoint to admire the views of the river and vines then visit a winery with a VIP tasting including lunch at the restaurant of the winery. Then down to Sil river to take a boat ride to admire the vines from a different angle.

    Your journey continues on to the neighbour wine region D.O. Ribeiro. Another day of walking thru old wine country roads to learn the history of the oldest Appellation of Origin in Galicia. The heart of the wine country is a quaint town called Ribadavia with an interesting Jewish past which played a big part in the production of wine and is part of the Sephardic routes in Spain. Here we will taste the blended whites and reds as well the mono-varietal of the Treixadura grape (white).

    Our trip comes to an end with a special show cooking farewell dinner of creative Galician cuisine.

    For those who will like to extend their trip, we have add-ons down to Porto, Lisbon over to Seville and could end up in Madrid the capital city of Spain. Let us know and we can suggest the best way to combine the add-on either pre-tour of post-tour just ask one of our tour specialists.

    NOTE:  We have also a Small Group Version of this tour, with chauffeur transportation and some more activities and excursions. If you are more interested in a tour of this sort please check …Southern Galicia Coastal & Wine Country Walking Trails.

    Highlights

    • Self-drive tour Enjoy the tour at your own pace
    • Walk through old wine country roads Visit the wine museum to learn the history of the oldest Appellation of Origin in Galicia.
    • Visit 4 wineries Try some of their best wines: Ribeiro, Ribeira Sacra, Baixo Miño & Vinho Verde (Portugal)
    • Discover Miño River Valley A magical land on both sides of the river Miño a natural border separating Galicia from Northern Portugal
    • ExploreThe inland part of Galicia

    Pick up/Drop off

    • Vigo Airport Other locations on request
    • Vigo AirportOther locations on request

    Price Includes

    • 3 Nights accommodations Double or Single Occupancy based on hotels specified in the Accommodation section
    • BreakfastDaily except day of arrival
    • Lunch & Dinner3 Lunches and 3 Dinners with set menus as specified per itinerary
    • 4 Days Rental Car or Minivan
    • 2 Days with English/Spanish Speaking Food & Wine local expertVisit the winery country of the Miño Valley on both sides of the river Miño.
    • Entry FeesEntrances when with local guides are included in the cost
    • 4 Winery tours visits and tastingsIn the wine regions of Ribeiro, Ribeira Sacra, Baixo Miño & Vinho Verde (Portugal) as specified in itinerary selected by our food & wine specialists. We will meet the winemakers, owners, etc.
    • 1 Cooking Class/DemoA mix of hands-on and demo cooking classes with local chefs in As Neves. The menu will be based on 3 courses or more
    • 1 Eco-Garden VisitJoin Chef to pick the ingredients of the show cooking in As Neves.
    • 1 Boat Ride In the Ribeira Sacra wine region for approx. 60mins
    • Local Taxes

    Price Excludes

    • Transportation not specified
    • Meals not specified
    • Porterage
    • City taxes in some location like in Barcelona and PortoTo be paid directly at hotels when we check out if there is any of these taxes
    • Any entrance fees when not with guide
    • Tips & Gratuities to Tour Leader, driver and local guides Not mandatory but given if you enjoy the services
    • Trip Cancellation and Medical Insurance Highly recommended
    • Any other items not specified in Price Includes

    Accommodation

    Nande Hotel da Natureza
    Wine Country Eco Hotel

    Transport

    Car Rental Details: (2 – 3 people)

    Rental Type:
    VW Touran Aut., Peugeot 5008 Aut. or similar (Premium-Minivan | IVAR)

    Pickup: 
    Vigo  Airport

    Return:
    Vigo  Airport

    Rental Period:
    4 days
     
    Vehicle Features:
    • Air conditioning
    • Automatic transmission
    • 4 Doors
    • Capacity: 5 Passengers 2 Suitcases + 1 Bags
    • Minimum Driver`s Age: 21 years
    • Driver´s License Ownership: 2 year(s)
    Rental Rate Includes:
    • Unlimited kilometers
    • Loss damage waiver (including theft protection) with minimum excess
    • Third-party insurance
    • Additional driver
    • Premium location fee
    • Local Taxes

     

    Car Rental Details: (4 – 6 people) 

    Rental Type:
    Peugeot Traveller, VW Caravelle, Citroen SpaceTourer or similar Minivan | FVMR)

    Pickup:
    Vigo Airport 

    Return:
    Vigo Airport 

    Rental Period:
    4 days
     
    Vehicle Features:
    • Air conditioning
    • Manual transmission
    • 5 Doors
    • Capacity: 9 Passengers 3 Suitcases + 1 Bags
    • Minimum Driver`s Age: 21 years
    • Driver´s License Ownership: 2 year(s)
    Rental Rate Includes:
    • Unlimited kilometers
    • Loss damage waiver (including theft protection) with minimum excess
    • Third party insurance
    • Additional driver
    • Premium location fee
    • Local Taxes
    Itinerary

    Day 1Vigo Airport - Baixo Mino River Wine Country - As Neves

    • Upon arrival at the airport, meet your food & wine Guide in the lobby of your hotel.
    • Head to the Car Rental Office to pick up the car. 
    • We start with a drive to the quaint village of Arbo, land of the lamprey eel and Condado de Tea blended white wines with 70% Albariño and other local grapes.
    • Enjoy a detailed visit of the vineyard, winery and a tasting at the winery Bodegas Marques de Vizhoja.
    • After our visit, we go for lunch at a nearby traditional Galician Pazo (manor house) to try some of the local specialties with wines of the area. 
    • In the afternoon we will take a walk (5km./3.1mi. approx.) along the riverside and over the bridge into Portugal`s Vinho Verde wine region.
    • During our river trail walk, you will see the Pesqueiras, which are what local lamprey eel fisherman use to capture the Lamprey. They are stone walls jutting out into the river stream, a method used since Roman times.
    • After our walk we will stop at a Portuguese Solar (farmhouse manor) Reguengo de Melgaço which also has a winery.
    • Having tasted the same grape (only difference is it is called Alvarinho in Portuguese!) over in Galicia you will now taste on this side of the border.
    • The wines will be paired with some of the artisan goat cheeses from the local farm Prados de Melgaco and cured smoked meats.
    • To get the best views from this side of the river we will take a stroll thru the cobblestone streets of the village and climb the stairs to the top of the 12th-century defense tower of Melgaco used in the past to look over the river at Galicia to make sure they are not planning an attack! 
    • Drive back over into Arbo, continuing on to the neighbouring village of As Neves where we will be staying at a stylish gastronomic wine country hotel in the middle of nature which we will make our based for the next few nights.
    • Check-in and some free time to relax before dinner.
    • Dinner at the hotel
    • Overnight in As Neves

    Day 2As Neves - Ribeira Sacra Wine Country - As Neves

    • Breakfast
    • Today you will make your make our way to the Ribeira Sacra, A Sacred place of wine! Since Roman times they made wines here then the monks continued the tradition. (NOTE: 1hr45mins. drive time approx.)
    • 10:15AM: Arriving in the sub-zone Amandi, D.O. Ribeira Sacra, take a 1hr riverboat ride to see how steep the vineyards are cultivated on the terraces which are the most included in the world at over 80% incline!
    • Then make your way up to the winery Adega Algueira and enjoy a detailed visit of the winery and tasting of their Mencia, Godello, etc… wines
    • After the visit, you will have a traditional lunch in the restaurant of the winery.
    • To stretch your legs a bit after the meal you could go for a walk (3kms walking time about 45mins-1hr approx.) to the Mirador Pena do Castelo, a vantage-viewpoint with a birds-eye view of the river Sil gorge.
    • Drive back to our hotel in As Neves
    • Some free time to relax before our special tasting and dinner.
    • The hotel we are staying at is owned by the winery Señorio de Rubios which is right beside the hotel and we will take a brief visit this evening and a tasting of their award-winning wines.
    • Dinner at the hotel
    • Overnight in As Neves

    Day 3As Neves - Ribeiro Wine Country - As Neves

    • Breakfast
    • Today make your own way driving to the village of Ribadavia, where you will meet up with our local guide to take a guided walk of the Camino del Vino wine trails of O Ribeiro Wine Country. (NOTE: Walk will be about 10km./6.21mi., with stops for visit will be about 4hrs. approx.)
    • Starting in San Clodio and ending in Ribadavia. We will pass thru historic village, ancient wine cellars and stop to visit the Museo del Vino de Galicia (Galician Wine Museum)
    • Arriving back in Ribadavia, the capital of Ribeiro wine region and where they have the festival every year. Lunch will be in a gastro-bar restaurant offering local cuisine.
    • After lunch visit to Ribadavia The keys of the wine. A route through the historical quarter, learn about the Jewish past and then a tasting of toasted wine and Hebrew sweets at a historic Jewish bakery Tafona de Herminia. 
    • Drive back to our hotel in  As Neves
    • Some free time to relax before your special Goodbye Show Cooking Class and Dinner.
    • For your last dinner, we have a special treat for the group… Chef Fran Sotelino who is the head of the kitchen at the Hotel`s restaurant Horta e Viño will let you into his eco-garden and kitchen to help with the dinner tonight!
    • Your class will start by visiting the organically cultivated garden
    • Depending on the harvest and the date of the visit, the ingredients for the show-cooking could be collected for our class.
    • The Show-Cooking will be held in the kitchen of the restaurant
    • The menu will be 3-courses and change depending on the availability of products in the market and of course the garden. Normally the chef changes weekly his Menu del Mercado for the restaurant.  Any example of different dishes where you will find very special ingredients like: line-caught hake fish from Celeiro, Galician beef, Arzúa-Ulloa D.O. cheeses, Requeixo cheese, and honey from As Neves and many others region ingredients used to create unique dishes.
    • An interactive gastronomic end to our journey in Southern Galicia
    • Overnight in As Neves

    Day 4As Neves - Vigo Airport

    • Breakfast
    • Drive to Vigo Airport
    • Drop off your rental car 
    • If you did want to extend your trip down to Porto, Lisbon over to Seville and could end up in Madrid the capital city of Spain. Let us know and we can suggest the best way to combine the add-on either post-tour just ask one of our tour specialists.
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