Super Short Break – March 2014

Hola a todos!

Well at last – here are the details of the proposed Short Break to the beautiful mountains above Granada, the rolling chalk coloured valleys of Jerez and the stunning historical city of Seville!

The dates are Monday 24th March – Friday 28th March 2014 – that’s 5 days, 4 nights.

Please note that as Granada is not too far away we won’t be making a really early start!!

We’ll be staying the super, tranquil 4* boutique Hacienda Señorio de Nevada on the first and last nights; and in the 4* luxury Hotel Sherry Park in Jerez for the middle two nights.

As you know this is a wine/sherry/cultural orientated trip and we’ll have organised tours and tastings in the little known (as yet) but excellent area known as Vino de Calidad de Granada; plus of course Sherry in its natural home, Jerez. We’ll also have a day visiting wonderful Seville.

The Hacienda sits surrounded by its own vineyards which make award winning and lovely wine and there are sensational views of the nearby snow-capped mountains of the Sierra Nevada!

We have Dinner Bed and Breakfast for all but the third night, which will be free for you to choose your own restaurant in Jerez, if you would like to experience dinner out of the hotel – though the hotel option will still be open to you if you wish.

The price, 475€ per person, is the most economic I can make it – and it includes:

All the above, plus return travel, of course; a prize raffle, a prize quiz on the visits etc of our trip, during our return journey.

A full itinerary will be available later – there’ll be none of the above left out, of course –  but there may be some interesting additions!

NB Insurance is not included – please make your own arrangements.

I am sending this to all of you before making it public, advertising it in the Costa Blanca News, Facebook etc.

The Hacienda is a boutique hotel so places are limited. Therefore if you fancy joining us please let me know as soon as you can. A deposit of 100€ per person will be required but not until the week beginning 16th December (though you can pay this before of course!).

If you have friends who would also like to join us please let me know – it’s a case of first come first served!

Many thanks – I can’t wait.

If you have any queries please contact me – and please don’t forget to confirm as soon as you can that you are joining us!


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Gratefully Received after visiting Bodegas Dominio de la Vega

Hi Colin

First of all thank you for organising our trip to the wonderful Casa del Conde in Requena.  I really did feel I learnt a lot and much appreciated the charisma and knowledge of Alvaro.
As you know we have expressed an interest in the March trip to Jerez.
All the best
Below:- Alvaro Faubel, Director, Founder, Historian, Philosopher, Photographer, Traveler, Intellectual and wine/cava maker, hold forth to a fascinated audience!  

Visit to Bodegas Dominio de la Vega

some new furniture, Claire's Birthday, Dominio visit 052Alvaro Faubel (on the far right) doing what he does so well!

Our visit to Bodegas Dominio de la Vega was made even more special by our erudite guide, Co-Director, Co-Founder, philosopher, wine-maker, photographer, intellectual, traveler, photographer and historian, Alvaro Faubel!

Alvaro’s knowledge of local history, particularly that pertaining to wine-making, of course, is astounding and always presented in an informative but entertaining and user-friendly manner. He’s a master!

His Cavas are also outstanding and multi-prize winning and of course his DO Utiel-Requena still wines are exemplary!

Out 40-strong group had an excellent day out and most of us came home with wiens and cava for Christmas!

Cava for Christmas!

Hola a todos – just received a couple of cancellations for the trip below. So if you are available, please call me asap – 629 388 159
Breaking News:
A date for your dairy – Thursday 14th November!
I’ve organised a visit to to the excellent Bodegas Dominio de la Vega, Requena (inland from Valencia) so that we have the opportunity to buy all our Christmas Cava at special, bodega prices!
In fact you will be able to buy your still wine requirements as well, as Dominio de la Vega makes it all, including some super dessert wines too!
Some of you will know that their Reserva cava was voted in, I think, 2002 and 2004, the best Cava in Spain. You may also know that this excellently priced top Cava received a Gold Medal in the recent 50 Great Sparkling Wines of the World Competition. Plus you have perhaps heard as well that their Arte Mayor Cava is the highest ranking Cava in Robert Parker’s publication.
This trip includes:
1. Return Travel
2. Bodega Tour guided by the charming Philosopher/Wine-maker, Alvaro, who will bring to life the fascinating history of the building, as well as the Cava and wine-making processes, in very user-friendly terms!
3. A tasting of four wines – Cava and still.
4. The opportunity to buy Cava and Wine at bodega prices (as much as you want as the coach has sufficient room for many cases!)
5. Three-course lunch in a nearby Hotel restaurant, with wine, of course!
6. Prize Raffle on return journey.
7. A fun Prize Quiz on the day’s events, also as we return.
And the price of this excellent day trip – just 36€ per person!
There is a limited number that we can take so please reserve your places as soon as possible!
If the date just isn’t suitable for you, please pass this e-mail on to friends who may be interested – it’s a great opportunity!
Many thanks,