Ever since Roman times, Andalusia has been steeped in wine-making. Exploring this aspect of southern Spain’s history and culture is therefore a fascinating experience, so read on for our pick of the best wine tours available in Andalusia.
A see-through barrel at a winery visited on Toma & Coe's Wonderful Wine Weekends | Courtesy Manni Coe
Launching this May, bespoke travel agency Toma & Coe’sWonderful Wine Weekends will be hard to beat. The three-night, all-inclusive tour starts and finishes in Málaga and takes in the beautiful towns of Antequera and Ronda, five family-run bodegas (wineries) and meals at some of central Andalusia’s finest restaurants. The tour is run by Toma & Coe’s founder Manni Coe, who brims with enthusiasm for and knowledge of Andalusia.
Spanish wine tour specialists Wine Tourism Spain offer several packages that explore Andalusia. These include four one-day tours that take wine lovers to the stunning city of Ronda, the Axarquia region of Málaga and the sherry hotspot Jerez. Two packages are offered in Jerez – famous throughout the world for its Tio Pepe and Gonzalez Byass sherries – both of which offer guided tours by experts in English.
Wine lovers will find plenty to choose from at A Question of Taste. Perhaps the most original tour offered is the Sanlúcar de Barrameda Sherry and Seafood package, which looks at wine-making in one of the three towns that make up Andalusia’s Sherry Triangle. After a guided visit to the winery, guests are treated to lunch at a seafood restaurant on the banks of the Guadalquivir River, washed down with the local manzanilla wine.
Cellar Tours‘ Andalusia offering takes visitors deep into the region’s wine-making history and culture. The week-long tour starts in Málaga, where guests are picked up in a chaffeur-driven Mercedes, and offers VIP visits to wineries in the Montilla-Moriles and Arcos de la Frontera regions, plus meals at some fabulous Michelin-starred restaurants. Visitors are also taken to the gorgeous cities of Córdoba and Seville.
Devour Seville‘s wine tour launched in the summer of 2017 and focuses on Jerez de la Frontera, the sherry capital of southern Spain. Guests are picked up at the famous Alfonso XIII hotel in Seville and driven to Jerez, where they are taken around two bodegas and given the opportunity to taste several types of wine and sherry. Also included is a guided tour of the city’s central market, and a big lunch at one of its best tapas restaurants.
Tannin Trail offers one-day wine tours of Ronda, Málaga and Jerez de la Frontera. The Málaga package takes in two bodegas that produce award-winning white and red wines; the Ronda trip focusses on three boutique wineries in the spectacular landscape of the Serrania de Ronda; and the Jerez jaunt takes visitors to the only part of the world that produces wine that can properly be called ‘sherry’.
For sheer variety of wine tours in Andalusia, Foodie & Tours’ offering takes some beating. Perhaps its most plentiful selection of wine-orientated packages explore the city and province of Málaga: various wine tasting and bodegas tours are on offer, as well as an unforgettable horseback exploration of the spectacular vineyards near Ronda. Wine lovers can also book exciting wine-related trips in Seville, Cádiz and Jerez.