Since a long time ago we were looking to visit this winery (Pago del Vicario) with the Winebus. And the moment has come.This winery is a few miles from Ciudad Real. It is a winery that is remarkable for many reasons, among them to have very original and outstanding facilities and spectacular wines.That is what they say about themselves.
This is a project that was born on the year 2000.
Its design, (it looks a telescope). It combines modernity and tradition. It integrates perfectly with the orography and the colour of the land. The sequence of decreasing arcs symbolize the different stages of transformation of the process, from the vineyard, to the container, the barrel, the bottle and finally to the glass.
In the inside you can see last generation facilities, and barrels of French, American and Caucasic oak.
The vineyards are located 600 metres high, on the banks of the Guadiana River. There are 130 hectares of Tempranillo, Grenache, Graciano, Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay.
Its proximity to the river, provides an exceptional microclimate, with mild temperatures and with a great contrast between day and night. That helps the synthesis of flavors during the maturation of the grapes.
The soils are very heterogeneous. From sandy and lime, to areas where the quartzites, alterning with shales predominate. They are divided in 29 parcels that they work individually.
They use the most vanguardist techiques of world viticulture such as remote sensing and dendrometry.
They have a wide variety of wines. We will taste 3 of their wines.
From there we will go to enjoy the Feast of Saffron in Consuegra. To visit Consuegra, its windmills and its castle is a wonderful experience any time. But if you go at the time of its most original and emblematic festivals, the experience may become unique.
Soffron has emerged with strength in the area. On the occasion of their festivals the town and its inhabitants are going to do their decorate the place and there will be a series of activities that are going to impact anybody there.
The challenge will be to get out of there back to Madrid on the day and I am sure we all will want to stay much more hours. (That is what happens when you are having a lot of fun)
This is Program:
9,15 h Depart from Madrid (Plaza del Conde de Casal, Hotel Claridge Cafetería)
12 h Visit to Bodega Pago del Vicario y tasting of 3 of its wines.
13,45 h End of te visit.
15 h Lunch in Consuegra. (15 euros, additional cost)
16 h Visit Feast of Saffron in Consuegra
18,25 h Depart to Madrid.
19,25 h Sunset on the windmills.
20 h Arrival to Madrid, (Plaza del Conde de Casal, Hotel Claridge Cafetería)