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Wine Tasting in Utiel-Requena

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Wine tastings, winery tours and even a wine train have been popular in the Napa Valley of California for years, but Spanish wineries are just starting to promote them. Wineries in the Denomination of Origin (D.O.) of Utiel-Requena have formed an organization called Asociación Ruta del Vino de la D.O. Utiel-Requena, which has put together several “wine routes” in the area – one-day, weekend and custom wine-tasting tours for visitors. According to the association’s web site, routes include tours of the “main” wineries, wine tasting sessions led by oenologists, visits to local places of interest, and menus featuring regional cuisine. The weekend routes include 3 meals and accommodation at a hotel, a rural hotel, or an apartment.

You can put together your own tour or the association can act as a sort of travel agent and put together an itinerary, arrange winery tours, and even make hotel and restaurant reservations for you. For groups of 19 or more, they will arrange a bus and tour guide. In the future they hope to offer winery tours by bus every weekend. Prices are listed on the organization’s web site and are very reasonable. What a great way for wine enthusiasts to taste a variety of wines in the D.O. without breaking the bank!

The Utiel-Requena region is only 50 kilometers from Valencia, the capital city of the Valencia region and the third largest city in Spain. This means that the region is easily accessible via one of the major highways and close to popular tourist destinations, including the Mediterranean coast. The other advantage to tasting in Utiel-Requena is that the region is small, so the distance between wineries is short.

Learn more about these routes at the association’s English version of the web site.

Member Wineries

Below are the member wineries listed on the association’s web site, including links to each winery’s site. If the winery has an English version of their web site, the link goes directly to them. The list below also includes the location (town) where the winery is located. Many wineries in the D.O. are producing Spanish sparkling wine, called cava,, which many wine lovers are discovering. So, if a winery produces cava, that is noted below, too.

  • Bodgeas Aranleon in Los Marcos. This winery was established in 1927 and began a transformation in 2000 with the goal of producing wines new to the region. A large percentage of the acreage is certified organic. (Web site defaults to Spanish, so scroll to bottom and click on English for English version.)
  • Bodegas Covilor in Las Cuevas de Utiel, which is about 9 km from the town of Utiel.
  • Bodegas Coviñas, a second-level cooperative made up of 13 cooperatives in Utiel-Requena, with one of the largest barrel stocks in Valencia. This cooperative produces some 12 brands of wine, as well as a “cava” called Marques de Plata Brut.
  • Bodegas Emilio Clemente
  • Bodegas Finca Ardal, in Requena.
  • Bodegas Iranzo, a winery dedicated to making organic wines, located in Caudete de las Fuentes.
  • Bodegas Murviedro, located in Requena, about 65 km from the city of Valencia. Murviedro has also introducted their first “cava” or sparkling wine in December 2008, by the name of ‘Luna de Murviedro'. In the Spanish version of this web site, there is a long list of local monuments in the historic neighborhood of Requena called Barrio de la Villa, which should prove interesting for anyone who will be visiting the area: Monumentos de Requena.
  • Bodegas Sebirán, located in Campo Arcís is an interesting winery, which also produces cava. Tours are offered in Spanish, English and Russian.
  • Bodegas Torrojas – an old family winery located in Requena. Unfortunately, there is no web site.
  • Bodegas Utielanas, a winery established in 1927 and located in Utiel. Its building is known as the jewel of Valencian Industrial Architecture.
  • Bodegas Vereda Real, a relatively new family-owned business, established in 2000 in Requena.
  • Cavas y Vinos Torre Oria, an older winery, established in 1897 with a unique palace and tower at its center. This winery started producing cava in 1981 and is located in Derramador, Valencia.
  • Chozas Carrascal, located in San Antonio, Requena.
  • Cooperativa Valenciana Vitivinicola La Protectora, a cooperative located in Sinarcas.
  • Bodegas Dominio de la Vega, San Antonio.
  • Bodegas Dominio del Arenal, whose name means “Sandy Ground,” for the sand that was carried from the beach a hundred years ago, in order to prevent the spread of a disease which was killing grape vines.
  • Finca Hoya de Cadenas, a winery that offers wine casting, a wine train, balloon rides and even river rafting trips.
  • LaTorre Agrovinicola, a family-owned winery established in 1968 in Venta del Moro.
  • Agro de Bazán, with a winery in Galicia as well as Valencia. The Valencia winery is named “Mas de Bazan.” They are makers of red and white wine, pomace, and liquors like aguardiente and orujo.
  • Viñedos y Bodegas Pago de Tharsys, in Requena.
  • Reservas y Crianzas Requenenses, an old winery in the town of San Antonio, but does not have a web site.
  • Vera de Estenas Viñedos y Bodegas in Utiel, which produces a variety of wines, including white wines and cava.
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