Gastronomic Valencia and its Wine Region

Gastronomic Valencia and its Wine Region

Enjoy the signature flavours of enchanting Valencia and its up-and-coming Utiel-Requena wine region during a 4 day’s trip

Tour Highlights

Availability:

This is a bespoke gastronomic tour, available throughout the year with the exception of August. Minimum number of guests is two. To check availability for specific dates, please get in touch. Our itinerary can be altered to suit your flight schedule and duration desired.

Pricing:

The price for 4 days (3 nights) gastronomic tour: Euro 775 – per person sharing a double room.

Inclusions:

  • Two nights’ accommodation in a 4 star boutique hotel in Valencia city
  • One night accommodation boutique hotel Utiel-Requena wine region
  • Three breakfasts
  • A private tour of Valencia’s historic centre
  • One extensive dinner in one of Valencia’s top restaurants – including selected wines, soft drinks, coffee and tea.
  • One restaurant dinner classic Valencia restaurant – with wines & soft-drinks
  • One exclusive tour & tasting at winery Utiel-Requena with lunch
  • One restaurant dinner Utiel-Requena wine region – including wines & soft drinks

 

Not included:

  • Air fare
  • Car rental
  • Travel insurance

Overview

Valencia, Spain’s third-largest city, mingles centuries-old architecture with unmistakable modernity, boasting a tangible heritage of over 2,000 years.  It is a truly beautiful city with a well-preserved old centre, full of unique medieval buildings. A prime example of splendour is the silk exchange, La Lonja de la Seda. This is set in a spectacular group of buildings testament to the city’s wealth in the late Middle Ages – we feel it is a masterpiece of late Gothic architecture, recognized by Unesco as World Heritage.

Another highlight is indeed its main Cathedral, incorporating mostly Romanesque and Gothic influences but you can see easily spot additions in the Renaissance and Baroque styles of design. A spiral staircase leading upwards to a terrace boasting magnificent views of Valencia is worth the climb.

Lovely contrasts to old Valencia are the iconic white-arched buildings that house the City of Arts and Science, surrounded by huge and shallow pools.  This is close to the old town and largely the work of world famous star-architect Santiago Calatrava, a native, and much celebrated and embraced locally. This giant art centre served as inspiration for other Calatrava works, such as the World Trade Center Transportation Hub in New York.

Valencia is of course home to paella and a plethora of other rice based dishes. You will find here many varieties of paella, with its hallowed status in Valencian cuisine, that you may not have experienced before. Such as the “fideuá”, which uses broken pasta instead of rice.

Or a delectable modern paella version, creamy like a risotto and full of clams, infused with ginger and lemongrass. A new generation of chefs has arrived here, marrying traditional flavours with modern techniques, reimagining the region’s classic dishes with skill and enthusiasm.

The city is also famous for its oranges. A firm favourite is the salad of oranges, olives, onions and blue cheese or salt cod.  As desert, the ‘’flan de naranja’’ or orange caramel flan is much loved.   

Last but not least, the food markets are reason enough to go to Valencia. The obvious one, but very much worth your while is the Mercado Central, housed in a soaring Art Nouveau building. Ambling though this market which is so richly stocked in fruits & vegetables and meat & fish, never fails to entice a food lover.  

Valencia’s wine making tradition goes back thousands of years. However, until recently, the Denominaciones de Origen (DO) of the Valencia province,  Utiel-Requena, and Valencia, were virtually unknown outside Spain. Yet, as you travel across the DO’s, there is ample proof of old vineyards which were recovered, and indigenous grape varieties that have been making a comeback – interesting developments for any wine lover.

In this tour we focus on the Utiel-Requena region. Here in particular expert winemakers are leading a revival of traditional grape varieties, such as Vernil, Bobal, or Merseguera, with some spectacular results.  We find here too some prime examples of low-intervention or organic viticulture, with emphasis on native grapes and respecting the characteristics of local terroir.

During our tour you will visit a least one innovative winery, in the mountains an hour’s drive from  Valencia city.

Your Itinerary

  • Arrival, check-in hotel. Time to settle in.
  • Dinner at a charming and elegant local restaurant where you can taste local dishes, in a lighter version than commonly prepared. The emphasis here is on local ingredients and pure flavours.  
  • Morning breakfast buffet.
  • In the morning, you will have a private tour with a knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide, allowing you to experience Valencia like a local. It will include exploring food markets and heritage sites, with gems like the amazing local ‘’Sistine Chapel’’. A stop at a favourite local coffee bar is also part of the walk.
  • After the tour, there will be some free time for lunch and to explore the city on your own. Exploring the city of Arts might be a delightful and contrasting surprise.
  • Dinner at an elegant restaurant renowned for its delicious food. The staff is charming, the food is frequently described as classy Valencian with a Mediterranean twist. The wine list is exceptional; it includes a singular list of wines that are natural and biodynamic.
  • Check out Valencia hotel. Drive to the Utiel Requeña wine region, a lovely drive through Valencia’s winelands.
  • After check-in at your charm hotel in the area, a visit to a wonderful winery close by. It is located at the westernmost point of the Valencia province, an hour by car inland from Valencia. This winery lies peacefully among its vines, on a plateau that sits between 600 to 900m above sea level.

    This is a family winery, which has been producing highly rated wines for years. Vines are cultivated organically. The winemaker here creates deeply coloured wines with firm tannins that are well structured, with a good potential for cellaring. The main grape here is Bobal, a grape variety with dark cherry fruit and freshness, despite the hot and dry climate of the region.

    The tour of the winery will be followed by a tasting over a refined country lunch, with a good cross-section of different vintages. You may be surprised how the wines made with the same grapes from different terroir in the same region can be so different in smell and taste.

  • After lunch, return to the charming wine town where your hotel resides. Time to relax.
  • Dinner will be served at authentic local restaurant; here you will taste classic Requeña dishes, with an emphasis on regional and seasonal ingredients. All dishes will be paired with the wines from local estates. Dishes may include home-made cold meats ‘’embutidos’’, ‘’migas ruleras’’ (bread crumbs mixed with different kinds of meat), ‘’morteruelo’’ (a spicy pork meat pate), and a delectable porridge made with chickpea flour, sausages and local herbs locally known as ‘’cachulí’’.
  • After breakfast the program ends.

Valencia

You will be staying two nights at a charming 4-star boutique hotel, set within a monumental 19th-century building. It has been completely renovated, decorated by a classy interior Spanish designer who created a modern but warmly elegant décor. All rooms are very comfortable with wooden floors, fine quality linens, and air conditioning. Many offer city views and small balconies. There is a nice bar and lovely restaurant. The latter has been a cultural reference since the early twentieth century, for gatherings and encounters of leading figures of the local society.

Utiel Requeña wine region

You will be staying 1 night in a lovely historic building, now a charm hotel.  It was recently renovated, with a small number of smart guest rooms incorporated into the fabric of the building. These rooms are very spacious and comfortable. The decoration is done a calm traditional style, with period details lovingly restored.  

The hotel has a classy traditional restaurant and a good wine cellar, an excellent place to sample local food and wine.

It is quietly located in the centre of in a delightful small historic town, a leading production centre for the wine region, less than one hour’s drive from Valencia.

There are frequent flights from various destinations in Europe to Valencia airport. If you prefer to fly into Madrid, the high-speed AVE train runs daily from Madrid to Valencia, the average journey time is less than 2 hours.

For trans-Atlantic flights, it may be easiest to connect in London, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Madrid, or Barcelona. Paladares Travel does not offer flights. We suggest that you book these directly with one of the many companies offering such services.

From day 3 you would need to rent a car, or arrange a bespoke car service. Kindly note the pricing on our website does not include transportation, since the cost is largely dependent on the number of people requiring such service. Of course we would be happy to organize a bespoke car service or rent a car on your behalf. If you would like Paladares Travel to assist you, please let us know.

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