Walking among the vineyards, feeling the smell of wood in a barrel cellar, discovering the stages in the transformation of grapes into wine, tasting wine, tasting local food, tasting and enjoying architecture, history, culture, art…. This is wine tourism.
The second Sunday in November in the so- called Old World, we celebrate the European Day of Wine Tourism, a day devoted to share the wine-making tradition, with different activities, but all of them, around wine.
In Spain, wine tourism is related to the so called wine routes in the different appellations or regions like Rioja, Ribera del Duero, Rueda, Rías Baixas… In these regions, visitors can see wineries and learn about the culture, food or local history.
During 2014, there were more than 2 millions of wine tourists in Spain, according to the Spanish Association of Wine Cities (ACEVIN), which mean 25% more than 2013.
Spring and autumn are the best seasons to enjoy wine tourism. Weekend and short holiday periods are the preferred times by wine tourists, who do not like to drive long distances to enjoy culture, food and history.
It is high quality tourism, in local areas, perfect for couples, groups or families; because wine tourism is more than seeing a winery and drinking wine. There are activities for everybody.
Workshops to be able to identify aromas and flavours, showcookings, spa and wine therapy experiences or sports in the vineyards are some of the large number of ways to enjoy wine culture. Do you know any other way?