Short Break Wine Country & River Trails of Southern Galicia

 
 
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Co-Founder Journey

4 Days / 3 Nights

Vigo

Price from: 1700.00 euros

 
On this trip, you will explore the green river valleys of Galicia´s wine country. Walking vineyard and riverside paths, even crossing a bridge into Northern Portugal Vinho Verde wine region. The landscape is not the only contrast, the gastronomy changes quite drastically from the coast to inland Galicia.
 
Highlights
 
  •  Miño river valley, a magical land on both sides of the river Miño a natural border separating Galicia from Northern Portugal
  • walking thru old wine country roads visiting the wine museum to learn the history of the oldest Appellation of Origin in Galicia
 
 

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General Overview


Country: Spain
Region: Galicia
City: Vigo
Duration: 4 Days / 3 Nights
Type: Multi-Day Small Group Tour
Theme: Short Stay City Breaks, Food, Wine Tours and Cultural Adventures
Group Size: 4 to 14 People
Price from: 1700.00€
 

Introduction

Spend a short break with our co-founder savouring the food & wines and more of Galicia`s Southern wine country. Our small group food, wine and walking journey starts in the urban coastal city of Vigo, Europe´s largest fishing port and second in the world behind Tokyo.

Moving away from the coast we following 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. We will get a taste of the wine made on each side of the river border, we will actually walk right across into Portugal's D.O.C. Vinho Verde wine country!

Our journey continues on to the neighbour wine region D.O. Ribeiro. Another day of walking thru old wine country roads visiting the wine museum 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).

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. We will take a wine country walk to a lookout point to admire the views of the river and vines then visit a winery with a VIP tasting including a 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.

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

For those who will like to extend their trip, we have add-ons down to PortoLisbon 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.

Day by day itinerary

DAY 1:
VIGO - BAIXO MINO RIVER WINE COUNTRY  - AS NEVES


  • 09:00-09:30AM: In the morning meet our food & wine Guide and your driver in the lobby of Nagari hotel. If you would like to add the night prior the start of the tour in this hotel, please check the Add-Ons section. 
  • Today we move away from the coast to explore the river miño valley which separates Galicia with Northern Portugal
  • Baixo Miño River Wine Country of Galicia, Rias baixas and Portugal, Vinho Verde 
  • 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 winey 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 LampreyThey 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 (farm house 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 Melgaço 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 Melgaço used in the past to look over the river at Galicia to make sure they are not planning an attack! 
  • Boarding our minibus we 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 restaurant of the hotel offer a creative cuisine.
  • Overnight in As Neves

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DAY 2:
AS NEVES  - RIBEIRA SACRA WINE COUNTRY - AS NEVES

  • Breakfast
  • 08:15AM: In the morning meet our food & wine Guide in the lobby of your hotel, board our minibus
  • Today we get a earlier start to 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 AmandiD.O. Ribeira Sacra we will take a 1hr river boat 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 we make our way up to the winery Adega Algueira where we will be welcomed by owner Fernando and son Fabio.
  • Enjoy a detailed visit of the winery and tasting of their Mencia, Godello, etc... wines
  • After the visit we will have a traditional lunch in the restaurant of the winery.
  • To stretch our legs a bit after the meal we will 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.
  • Boarding our minibus we 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 restaurant of the hotel offer a creative cuisine.
  • Overnight in As Neves

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DAY 3:
AS NEVES - RIBEIRO WINE COUNTRY - AS NEVES

  • Breakfast
  • 09:15AM: In the morning meet our food & wine Guide in the lobby of your hotel, board our minibus (NOTE: The drive from our hotel is only about 30mins.)
  • 10:00AM:  Today we will walk 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 villageancient wine cellars and stop to visit the Museo del Vino de Galicia (Galician Wine Museum)
  • 02:00PM: Arriving 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. 
  • Boarding our minibus we drive back to our hotel in  As Neves
  • Some free time to relax before our special Goodbye Show Cooking Class and Dinner.
  • For our last dinner together 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 us into his eco-garden and kitchen to help with the dinner tonight!
  • Our class will start by visiting the organic cultivated garden
  • Depending on the harvest and the date of 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 a 3-courses and change depending on 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 CeleiroGalician beefArzúa-Ulloa D.O. cheesesRequeixo 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

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DAY 4:
AS NEVES - VIGO, SANTIAGO OR PORTO TRANSFERS

  • Breakfast
  • In the morning meet our food & wine Guide in the lobby of your hotel, board our minibus to transfer you to Vigo. 
  • Drop off in Vigo and final goodbye from your guide. (NOTE: Transfer is based on a drop off at Vigo airport or train station, even a city centre location. It would be based on 1 transfer for group, if you did need a transfer at another time or even to Santiago or Porto airport see Add-ons section for additional transfer costs in our Driver Services)
  • If you did want to extend your trip down to PortoLisbon 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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Cancellation policy

 Payment Schedule:

  • At the time of booking a 25% Deposit is required.
  • 90 days before departure the Final Balance is due.
  • If you book within 90 days of your tour date, the full amount is due at time of booking.
Cancelation Policy:

Tour Type: Multi-Day Small Group Tour
  • All cancellations must made in writing, hand-signed by the person who made the payment and sent by email to: tours@eatourspecialist.com
  • The date of Cancellation will be based from the day EATour receives in writing from you.
  • The following % of total cost penalty will be applied from the date of the cancellation notice is received:
    • +90 days before departure date: 15% of total cost per person is non-refundable.
    • 90 to 61 days before departure date: 25% of total cost per person is non-refundable.
    • 60 to 31 days before departure date: 50% of total cost per person is non-refundable.
    • 30 days or less before departure: 100% of total cost per person is non-refundable.
  • Refunds will be made in the same way as payment was made, in the case of bank transfer any transaction fees must be covered by the receiver.
  • Refer to our General Terms and Conditions for further information about change fees, insurance requirements, etc..

Minimum Group Size Requirement:

  • The minimum group size required is 4 people to guarantee any of the departures. If we do not reach this group size we will give you the choose to continue with a smaller group supplement, or if you wish to cancel we will refund the amount paid with no cancelation penalties applied since the trip was cancelled by us.

Lodging

  •  3 Nights (As Neves): NANDE HOTEL DA NATUREZA 4*

Transport

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(5 December 2019)
 
One Man Sean and 11 woman. Wow I dont know how he did it but he did, and Beautifully. We had so much fun. Sean you and your people did such a fantastic job and no matter what came up you handled it without blink. We will be doing it again. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you Sean.
 

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