Autumn: Spanish wine culture at its best
High season is over, the temperature is much more pleasant than during the summer holidays and a very interesting stage of the wine making process is in full swing; the best time to experience wine tourism in Spain is during the grape harvest.
Not only do the vineyards look at its finest, the most fun part is that you can actually be part of the harvesting, since many wineries offer special packages including picking the grapes yourself! Other experiences offered are picnics in the vineyards, making your own wine and even stomping the grapes barefooted! Of course this is not the modern way of wine making, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t fun!
Another reason wine tourism is at its best during these months are the harvest festivities in Spain, called the fiestas de la vendimia. One of those festivities is the fiesta de la vendimia de Rueda, held in October, just after the harvest finishes. Thousands of people, locals and tourists, visit the town of Rueda these days. During the festivities you will be able to taste the wines of all different wineries, enjoy local music and dance and eat the famous paella that is made every year.
If you haven’t been in Spain in autumn, put it on your to do list! And for everyone who likes to share their experiences, please leave a comment.
by Lisanne Van Duijn, Dutch Author and Wine Enthusiast