Food & Wine Tour in Northern Spain Day 12

On Monday (23 May) we headed back to Madrid where my friends had planned to stay for 3 nights. I was really sad that the tour had finished as we all had such a great time and they were such great people to be with. I then took a train to Seville getting backing at...
Food & Wine Tour in Northern Spain Day 11

Food & Wine Tour in Northern Spain Day 11

Well Sunday (22 May) started out with lots of rain. It was a good thing that we had planned to visit the Guggenheim museum, which I am sure sure most of you know was designed by Frank Gehry. I really enjoyed the Louise Bourgeois exhibition and the Paris School 1900...
Food & Wine Tour in Northern Spain Day 10

Food & Wine Tour in Northern Spain Day 10

Yesterday, we left San Sebastian and made our first stop in Zarautz, a seaside town popular with surfers, where we had a very pleasant walk along the promenade.   It was then on to the nearby fishing port of Getaria for lunch at a great local restaurant, El Astillero....
Food & Wine Tour in Northern Spain Day 9

Food & Wine Tour in Northern Spain Day 9

Yesterday was a beautiful day in SanSebastian so I spent a few hours walking around.   We then went for lunch at one of the world’s best restaurants, Arzak. The restaurant has had 3 Michelin stars since 1989. It is run by Juan Mari Arzak and his daughter Elena....
Food & Wine Tour in Northern Spain Day 8

Food & Wine Tour in Northern Spain Day 8

Yesterday we left the Rioja region and headed for the wonderful Basque city of San Sebastian. Anyone who has a keen interest in eating well knows that this city is a Mecca for foodies. For its size it has more Michelin-starred restaurants than anywhere else. It also...
Food & Wine Tour in Northern Spain Day 7

Food & Wine Tour in Northern Spain Day 7

Yesterday was our last day of winery visits in the Rioja. We went to two places in the Barrio de la Estación (train station neighbour) in Haro. Six wineries were established here in the latter art of the 19th century close to the train station so that wine could be...
Food & Wine Tour in Northern Spain Day 6

Food & Wine Tour in Northern Spain Day 6

On Tuesday (17 May) we visited two wineries that are part of the Eguren group, Viñedos de Páganos y San Vicente. There are two vneyards adjacent to the first winery that produce the wines El Puntido and La Nieta. You can see them in the two photos below. Underneath...
Food & Wine Tour in Northern Spain Day 5

Food & Wine Tour in Northern Spain Day 5

Yesterday, we left Burgos and headed for the Rioja wine region. We started with a visit to Bodegas Miguel Merino. This is a small winery situated in the town of Briones. The winery sources grapes from the 11.5 Ha that belong to them. This means that production is...
Food & Wine Tour in Northern Spain Day 4

Food & Wine Tour in Northern Spain Day 4

Yesterday, we spent the whole day in Burgos. My clients went on a private guided tour with a local guide, Carlota, who they said was marvellous. They spent most of their time in the wonderful gothic cathedral. For lunch we went on a tapas crawl of some great bars not...
Food & Wine Tour in Northern Spain Day 3

Food & Wine Tour in Northern Spain Day 3

Yesterday we left Segovia and headed first to the Ribera del Duero wine region where we stopped at two wineries, both of which were founded in the early 1990s. Our first stop was at Bodegas Vizcarra  where the owner and winemaker Juan Carlos Vizcarra showed us around....