Acorn season for Iberian pigs

Acorn season for Iberian pigs

A few days ago I ran my Iberian ham tour. This is the time of year that the Iberian pìgs that will produce the best hams are released onto large tracts of land to gorge on acorns. In Spanish this period is known as the “montanera” and lasts 3 – 4...
The olive harvest

The olive harvest

On Friday I spent a few hours at one of the olive mills that I visit observing the picking and processing of olives to produce high quality extra virgin olive oil. The firist photo below shows oilves being picked using electric combs. This is one of the best ways of...
Olive oil and tapas

Olive oil and tapas

One of the tours that I did this week combined a morning olive oil tour and a tapas tour at lunchtime. At the mill that we visited it is only a matter of a few weeks before they start making olive oil. This year it seems there will be a good crop of olives with the...
Three days with a group of Australians

Three days with a group of Australians

Earlier this week I spent three days with a fantastic group of four Australians, two of whom had been with me in 2012. I took them on a tapas tour, on my Iberian ham tour and a tour with a visit to an olive mill and to a winery where we had lunch. The first photo...
Wine tour to Ronda

Wine tour to Ronda

On one of the tours that I ran this week was to Ronda. It was with a group of four fantastic women from Australia who were great fun. We are now at the time of year when grape picking starts in the Ronda area. In fact at the two wineries that we visited the first...
Wine tour to Arcos de la Frontera

Wine tour to Arcos de la Frontera

Earlier this week I ran a wine tour to the Arcos de la Frontera area. Arcos is one of the famed white villages and is very spectacular with the old part of the town atop a sandstone ridge with towering vertical cliffs. I was with a group of wonderful Australians who...
Iberico ham tour

Iberico ham tour

Yesterday, I ran my iberico ham tour for a group of people from Hong Kong.This tour is the most popular one for people from there, China and South Korea. They have a real appreciation for anything from the Iberian pig. Yesterday my clients were able to sample the...
Olive oil tour

Olive oil tour

Yesterday morning I took some Canadians on my half-day olive oil tour. On our walk around the olive grove it was great to see the trees laden with olives. The weather this year during flowering and fruit set  has been kinder to the olive tree than the last two years...
Vinoble 2016

Vinoble 2016

Every two years the wine fair Vinoble is celebrated in Jerez de la Frontera in the Alcazar which is a beautiful setting. It is a fair that is dedicated to sweet and fortified wines from around the world with an a greater representation of wines from the Jerez region...