A sip on Andalusia's coast
Upon arrival in Malaga, you will meet with your guide and group with whom you will be spending the next week exploring Andalusia’s wine regions. Together, you will head to your first destination: the Axarquia region belonging to the Sierras de Malaga D.O. We’ve selected our favourite winery in this region: Bodegas Bentomiz. Here, you’ll enjoy a guided tour of the winery’s vineyards and production area. Rugged landscape, vertical vineyards and spectacular views form the unique setting of this winery. Sheltered by the Maroma mountain range in the back, yet with the Mediterranean Sea in sight, nature provides the perfect conditions for winemaking, as well as for a relaxing afternoon with a glass of wine in your hand. Their 80 to 100-year-old vines flourish in slate soils at heights between 500m and 800m above sea level. It is their balance between traditional and modern techniques, and their dedicated, hands-on approach, that has allowed Bodegas Bentomitz to produce an exceptional range of fresh, delicate, elegant wines. Over 20 Michelin-starred restaurants in Europe serve the Ariyanas wines. These include restaurants such as El Celler de Can Roca, De Karmeliet, SantCeloni, Ramon Freixa, Enoteca Paco Pérez, and De Kromme Watergang.
After the tour, you’ll get to taste four of their Ariyanas wines. This will be followed by a delicious gourmet wine-pairing lunch in the wine salon. Enjoy the stunning views and your delectable meal, all in a beautiful and a relaxed atmosphere.
In the afternoon we then have a short guided tour of Frigiliana, a charming white village where we’ll enjoy a guided walk through the whitewashed narrow streets stopping at the most breath-taking viewpoints. Frigiliana is a maze of cobbled streets, with meticulously maintained whitewashed houses, that provide a stunning contrast against the blue skies and red slate roofs. The colourful plant pots brimming with bougainvillea, lavender, and jasmine all add an extra dash of colour to this enchanting scene. As you wander up the hillside through the pedestrianised cobbled streets, past the white houses with doors painted an array of pastel colours, past tiny nooks and crannies and viewpoints that offer glimpses of the surrounding countryside and the coast below, you can fully understand why Frigiliana is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful villages in Andalusia. The village has consistently won awards to that effect, and has been voted as the ‘Prettiest village in Andalusia’ by the Spanish tourism authority. After this visit, you’ll be driven to your hotel in Cordoba (approx. 2hr 15mins).
You have a free evening in Cordoba but don’t worry, we will provide you with good recommendations for places to eat, drink and tips for city walks or any events happening during your travel dates. Córdoba is a city in the southern Spanish region of Andalusia, and the capital of the province of Córdoba. A great cultural reference point in Europe, this ancient city has been declared a World Heritage Site and contains a mixture of the diverse cultures that have settled it throughout history. Very few places in the world can boast of having been the capital of a Roman province (Hispania Ulterior), the capital of an Arab State (Al-Andalus) and a Caliphate. The city famously houses the Mezquita, a symbol of the worldly, sophisticated culture that flourished here more than a millennium ago when Córdoba was western Europe’s biggest, most cultured city. Such splendour is palpable in the intellectual wealth of this city, that has seen the birth of figures like Seneca, Averroes, and Maimonides (Cordoba has in fact erected a life-size statue in honour of this physician and philosopher considered one of the greatest Jewish thinkers of all time).
Meals included: Wine tasting & wine-pairing lunch