Why go on a wine tour of Spain? – PART 1

Having lived in Spain for over 10 years and hailing from the Napa Valley, in California – which is arguably of the most regularly visited wine regions in the world – many people have asked me: ‘Why should I book a wine tour Spain? Aren’t all wine regions alike?’ Well my answer is Noooo amigo! They are as different as noche & dia, or night and day. Do begin with, Spain is a peninsula, which means that it is surrounded and influenced by two major bodies of water – the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. These bodies of water provide vastly different climatological influences on the growing regions in Spain, where the Mediterranean coast is generally warmer and drier and the Atlantic coast is generally cooler and wetter. Over-al there are 79 different grape-growing D.O.s or Denominacion de Origines in Spain, which are scattered throughout the country and most are affected in some way by their proximity to Mediterranean Sea or the Atlantic Ocean. These ‘D.O.s’, or grape growing appellations, are known for making wines of exceptional quality and they differ based upon:

-their terroir, or soil type

-their antiquity

-their elevation

-their unique climate

-the types of grape varieties that are permitted to grow within its boundaries

-the winemaking protocols that are practiced

-the grape-growing practices that are allowed

-etc. etc.!

While all of the above are important features that distinguish one Spanish grape-growing appellation from another on an enological and viticultural level, they mean little to the average tourist. From a wine-tourism perspective, additional important differences exist that not only distinguish one D.O. from another, but are VERY good reasons why it’s an excellent idea to visit more than one wine region on a wine tour of Spain. These differences include:

-the different kinds of local products that are made in each region

-the different types of food (animal and vegetable) that grow in each region

-the different kinds of cooking and recipes that are used in each region

-the different types of activities (both outdoor and indoor) that are offered in each region

-the wine drinking styles found in each region

-the number and size of wineries found in each region

-the language or unique dialect spoken in each region – and therefore the unique cultural difference found in each region


To learn more about the items written in both lists above, please stay tuned as Niso Wine Tours will post additional blogs detailing the unique differences found in all of wine regions, or D.O.s, we cover in many articles to come so you may choose which area(s) you are interested in visiting!

A tu salud,

N & S

Wine tours Spain


3 thoughts on “Why go on a wine tour of Spain? Wine tours Spain by NWT

  1. Steve Order

    My family and I did a Priorat wine tour with Niso this past May. The higlight of our week in Barcelona! Beautiful area, wonderful wines. Niso Tours knows how to do a tour properly. We toured two wineries with just the family (5) and the winery owners at both wineries. Lunch at a 3-star restaurant, many courses, bottles of wine. My point here is, all of what Nicole states in her blog is true and a pefect reason to take a tour however, to add, the quality of the tour from Niso is top notch and should not be missed. My wife and I are planning a fall trip to Madrid and hope to book a couple of tours to Rioja and Ribera del Duero.

    • Thank you for your kind words Steve, they are very much appreciated!!! We look forward to hopefully seeing you in Spain again this Fall and wish you all the very best from Spain!

      Un abrazo muy muy grande!
      Nicole & Sophie

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