WINE TRIP OCTOBER 7/8, 2019
D.O. UTIEL REQUENA
The Wine Trip this Autumn will once again be to the important region of Utiel Requena which is situated on the raised meseta to the west of Valencia. We last visited this area in 2016, and although this was quite a recent visit we felt that the number of bodegas that are offering unique and outstanding developments warranted another look.
We will be visiting 3 bodegas, 2 of which the Society has not visited before. In one we will enjoy a tapas lunch and in another an al fresco lunch overlooking the vineyards (see above). All 3 bodegas are offering interesting innovations in their wines and of course their cavas which are becoming widely noted for their quality and value.
This year’s Trip will also take us on a drive into the unspoiled countryside of the region where we will board a tourist boat for a 90 minute tour along the river Júcar from the picturesque town of Cofrentes with its medieval castle towering on a rocky outcrop high above the river.
As on the previous trip we will be staying for one night in the pretty town of Requena at the Hotel Villa. All those who came on the 2016 trip will remember this simple but comfortable hotel situated in the historic square of Requena and just a stroll away from the restaurant where we will enjoy dinner. The Hotel Villa can accommodate 30 people and any additional numbers will be offered rooms in an adjacent hotel. Places will be filled strictly in order of booking.
Two ancient churches are within a few minutes walk as is the Torre de Homenaje or watchtower. Beneath the square is a maze of tunnels carved out by former residents of the town where old clay tinajas were used for the storage of wine. There are also plenty of bars within easy walk for anyone wishing to take a pre-dinner drink.
The price this year will be a little higher than on previous Autumn Trips. This is due to the increase in price from the bodegas who are increasingly taking advantage of the interest in wine tourism in an area which is well positioned between the two great cities of Valencia and Madrid. We expect the price to be around €200 per person and we hope that you will agree that this still offers good value.
Bookings will open from 8.00am Sunday 21st July and should be made with Sandy at firstname.lastname@example.org Sandy will confirm receipt of your request and will advise you after bookings have closed on August 2, whether you have a definite place. As in previous years numbers will be restricted to a maximum of 34 and if oversubscribed the following criteria will be put in place:
- Committee Members 2019
- Members attending 5 or more CBWS meetings from Sept 2018 to June 2019
- Previous waiting list members
- Members in order of booking
If undersubscribed bookings will remain open until all places are filled.
The exact cost will be confirmed when definite places are offered, after August 2, and at that time the full amount will become due. All payments must be received before August 31.
We are excited to be returning to this important wine region which is so close to our homes in the Costa Blanca and we look forward to welcoming you all on what we are sure will be an enjoyable Trip!
John, Shirley, Tim & Sandy
The Wine Trip Team