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What makes our wine tours unique?

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What do our customers say?

"Best Part of Our Honeymoon!!

After looking at reviews, my wife and I decided to book 2 full day tours with The Madrid Wine Experience, and we are so glad we did. We did the Toledo/La Mancha tour as well as the Ribera Del Duero tour" - Jeff

"A highlight of our travels in Spain

My husband and I booked a private tour with Wine Tourism Spain, which works in partnership with The Madrid Wine Experience. We chose the all-day Toledo/La Mancha and winery tour, and it was one of the most enjoyable days of our 16-day travels in Spain"  Carolyn


 

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Our wine tours from Madrid

At Madridwine.com we provide 8 different daily wine tours from Madrid. You can find here the list of all our day tours. We all share a deep passion for our culture and our gastronomy and our tours aim at sharing this passion with you.

Our Madrid wine tours have received outstanding reviews from our customers. You will not be disappointed! We offer both private tours and very small group tours (less than 7 people to ensure the experience is simply fantastic). Other tour companies refer to small group tours for minibuses with more than 15 people on them… That is not for us! You can find a list of reasons below why we think booking with us make sense.

 

Click on each tour to get a full description and to book it. We are a proud partner and provider of winetourismspain.com, Spain´s leading wine and food travel website. Our tours can be booked directly from their website. They only select the very best operators in each region and aim at listing the ultimate experiences at each location.


1-     Ribera del Duero tours. We offer 3 different day tours to Ribera del Duero. A small group tour (which could also be booked as a private tour) and 2 private tours. Each of them is different, all share excellent food and wine .


2-     Madrid wineries. A shorter tour, only offered as a small group tour


3-     Toledo. Why shoukd you only visit Toledo if instead you could visit Toledo, enjoy wine and the wind mills of Don Quixote on the same tour?


4-     Segovia. Much more than just Segovia on this tour. La Granja, el Escorial and a fantastic meal and winery…


5-     La Mancha. The largest extensión of vineyards in the world is also the homeland of Don Quixote. Windmills, castles,, wines…


6-     2 or 3 day tours. If one day is not enough for you we also propose you to combine Ribera del Duero and Rioja in a single tour. An Amazing experience!

Our Madrid winery tours in a Map.

click on each of the icons to get to know where our winery tours go from Madrid. You can find more information onthe wine regions near Madrid in this section

 

 

Wines of Madrid: Past and Present

As the capital of the kingdom, Madrid has been linked to the Spanish wine culture for centuries. It is true, though, that just as it was happening in other European courts, the wine was more at hand on the dining tables of the Spanish court than in the countryside. Kings, nobility, and all the commerce that cities generated had its impact on wine consumption. We could imagine Madrid as a town full of taverns, bars, and inns, where wine (usually of dubious quality) was served uninterruptedly in a hearty manner.

 

Any of Arturo Pérez-Reverte books, where he brings to life the streets and activity of Madrid during the time of the Illustration in the XVIII century, can be an excellent way to take a closer look at a wine consuming city. Large quantities of wine.

 

Back in those days, the wine that was drunk in Madrid was not coming from La Rioja or Ribera del Duero. Neither was it brought straight from its own farmlands, but from La Mancha instead, more precisely from Valdepeñas.

To fully understand this reality we ought to remember that, prior to the formation of the State of Autonomies, the city of Madrid was part of the Castilla La Mancha region. In any case, Madrid slowly began to consume more wine from La Rioja, Ribera del Duero, and Rueda, and the wine coming from Valdepeñas eventually lost all its importance as a whole.

 

Nevertheless, the vineyard has existed in the Madrid area since time immemorial. But it was only recognized as an approved and independent viticultural area in 1990.

 

This designated area has about 21.000 acres of land under vine (roughly 7 times less than Rioja), and it is divided into 4 sub-regions. These are the districts of Arganda, Navalcarnero, San Martín de Valdeiglesias, and El Molar.

 

The most interesting fact about these sub-areas is that each one offers a completely distinct landscape, altitude, and climate. The grape varieties cultivated are not exactly the same, and you could say without a doubt that each zone has a pronounced and differential personality.

 

Let us start with the smallest of them, El Molar. It has only one affiliate winery, and the land under vine covers about 1.500 acres. This is the youngest sub-region to have acquired the appellation status, but vines and wine have existed here for ages. The famous El Molar caves, place of pilgrimage for many residents of Madrid, attracting flocks of visitors every weekend to enjoy its nearby restaurants, are a good proof of it. The oldest of these cave systems dates back to the 9th century, and in the vicinity of San Agustín de Guadalix there is a record of viticulture practices that stretch back to the 13th century.

 

Located in the northwest of Madrid, this area centralizes dearly-known districts to the madrileños, such as Patones de Arriba, San Agustín de Guadalix, or the actual town of El Molar. Red Garnacha Tinta and white Malvar are the grape varieties cultivated in the slate-rich soils of El Molar sub-region.

 

Coming next in size is the sub-zone of San Martín de Valdeiglesias. It extends over 3.200 acres of land, and it is home to 18 registered wineries. Situated about 44 miles west of Madrid, it is a high-altitude spot with gorgeous natural protected spaces, like the commune of Cadalso de los Vidrios, and with a fair number of urban structures and architectural sites of interest. Not far away from this place, we can find the famous “Guisando Bulls”, dating back to the 2nd century B.C., one of Spain’s most important archeological sites, which preserves the remains of several Celtiberian sculptures and art forms.

 

Grapes cultivated in this area are the Garnacha Tinta and the white Albillo Real. Some of the local wineries have earned quite a recognition, making good use of proper marketing and high-quality products.

 

Navalcarnero, the second largest and well-known sub-region, has an approximate of 4.200 acres under vine. It is comprised of 17 districts (Navalcarnero district coming in as the largest of them), and only 5 wineries subscribing to the official recount of the appellation. Garnacha Tinta and Malvar are the dominant grape varietals here. Towns like El Álamo, Navalcarnero, and Griñón are places of reference in the region. Navalcarnero boasts of having a system of caves that are witness to wine production dating back hundreds of years. Wine can still be bought in bulk here, as the locals have been doing since they care to recall.

 

And last but not least, we find the largest of the sub-zones of the Wines of Madrid appellation: Arganda. Named after its biggest district, Arganda del Rey, located south of Madrid. Its proximity to Madrid turns it into a dormitory town, seemingly oblivious of its viticultural past. If we descend a few miles going south we begin to discover a very different reality from the big city. We get deeper into the region of Las Vegas, bathed by the Tajuña and Henares rivers. This is a fertile area that has always favored the growing of grapevines as one of its main crops. Our Madrid wine tours in cover part of this sub-area.

 

Communes such as Belmonte de Tajo, or Colmenar de Oreja, still preserve the caves where the wine was stored back in the days. Similar imprints of the past can be found in the nearby town of Chinchón, famous for its lovely arcaded square, its high-quality garlic production, and its anise local drink.

In this sub-zone we also find the district of Aranjuez, with its monumental ensembles and landscapes of incalculable throughout Spain: a UNESCO World-Heritage site. Its palace has served as a summer residence for the royal family and it is placed in the middle of a vast estate. It was in this large green area where a laborious construction of water fountains, ponds, along with greenhouses, nurseries, and gardens, developed early scientific agriculture. A part of that effort is still standing today in the form of a stunning royal cellar, a place built to age wines destined to aristocratic consumption.

 

In recent years, the wines of Madrid have had considerable improvement, and some of the brands have become quality benchmarks. Still, there is a long way to go, but the foundations are set for a promising future.

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Why book a wine tour from Madrid with us?

 

We are experts in Wine Tours in Madrid. We have many years of experience in running tours and building wine and food activities in Madrid. 

 

We are partners with winetourismspain.com, Spain´s leading provider of Wine and food travel. Our Madrid wine tours can also be booked from their website.