Virginia and Annie are delighted to once more bring their shared enthusiasm for all things Spanish and ask you to join them on an unique journey into the food, wine & culture of the south west corner of Andalucia.
Day 1 – Sunday 2 September 2018
Welcome to Vejer
Transfers are provided from Jerez Airport to beautiful Vejer de la Frontera. Check in to hotel (www.lacasadelcalifa.com )
Annie B and Virginia will come to meet you at 8pm to start your culinary adventure with a delicious tapas tour of your home for the next 4 nights. A perfect scenario for an introduction to Spanish wines with Virginia.
Day 2 – Monday 3rd
Shopping for lunch ingredients will be the task this morning as we stroll through Vejer chatting to various vendors. Then back to the kitchen for a relaxed “hands on cooking class”. Today you will be learning about traditional Andalucian tapas with Annie and her fabulous assistant Pepi. Today the dishes might include Melon & Mint Gazpacho, Carrots & Cumin, Prawns in Garlic, Tuna & Red Pepper Salad, Chorizo & Pork Meatballs, Pepi’s Tortilla, Sticky Orange, Lemon & Almond Cake. You will learn all about Iberian Pork and the associated delicacies.
Ahead of lunch Virginia will lead a masterclass of some of her favourite Spanish wines to pair with lunch.
Following siesta, you will return to Annie’s at 8pm to enjoy an evening of Flamenco music & prepare Paella with Pepi.
B,L & D
Day 3 – Tuesday 4th
After heading to the local butcher to buy our meat, and then to Ute’s (local winemaker) vineyard to enjoy a tasting of her boutique wines, we drive deep into the countryside of La Janda to meet Chente (a Basque chef who loves Andalucia) and eat an extraordinary lunch in his Txoko (cooking club) which forms part of the restored estate workers village which architect Chente and his artist wife Irina have lovingly restored. In 1974, Chente opened the first ever tapas bar in Miami, Las Arenas. He is a great raconteur and you will love his stories.
Tonight you have a free evening ahead of our early start tomorrow.
Day 4 – Wednesday 5th
Trip to Morocco
Leaving Vejer at 7.45am, to catch the ferry from Tarifa at 9.00am to arrive in Tangiers 45 minutes later. Delicious coffee and fabulous fluffy croissants are available on the ferry for breakfast. In Tangiers we will be met by our guide for the day who will escort us around the Kasbah, Medina and on the short ride to see the Atlantic coast and beautiful beaches at Cape Spartal (where the Atlantic meets the Med). A fabulous Moroccan lunch and wine tasting ahead of shopping before we catch the return ferry at 5.30pm.
Arrive back in Vejer to enjoy an evening of leisure, probably in need of reviving G&Ts.
Day 5 – Thursday 6th
Sherry & Horses
Today you say goodbye & check out of Vejer. All aboard! Our Sherry bus leaves at 10am for the Sherry capital, Jerez de la Frontera. A magical tour of Sherry, fine art, horses, history and some great food awaits you. We start with visiting the Royal Andalucian Riding School to witness a show of the extreme beauty of Spanish dressage horses. After which we head to enjoy some fabulous Sherry and priceless Spanish art. A delicious lunch ahead of a well earned siesta. This evening you will enjoy some of the Sherry Tabancos (sherry stores) which are unique to Jerez and soak up the charm of this beautiful city.
B,L & Tapas
Day 6 – Friday 7th
Manzanilla & Seafood
One of the great food and wine matches of the world is ice cold Manzanilla and seafood. Manzanilla can only be produced in the historic town of Sanlucar de Barrameda, also famous for sea travellers such as Magellan and Columbus. We will taste Manzanilla straight out of the cask and match it with exquisite local fish and seafood.
En route back to Jerez we will stop by a vineyard to touch the unique white Albariza soil of this area. Inbetween sipping Sherry cocktails you will have the chance to cut and press your own grapes (no shoes and socks required!)
After your well earned siesta we will enjoy drinks and a farewell dinner.
B,L & D
Day 7 – Saturday 8th
It’s always sad to say goodbye but the Spanish have a great saying – Hasta Pronto!
Single occupancy : $4,615 per person, up to 8 / $4,390 per person more than 8 participants
Double/sharing : $4,200 per person, up to 8 / $3,975 per person more than 8 participants
Includes all of the above & transfers to/from Jerez Airport or train station
Does not include flights and your personal travel insurance
Superior rooms available at extra cost
Maximum group size will be 12 people
B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D= Dinner
Schedule is subject to change
Please contact Virginia or Annie on firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions and travel advice.