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Published: April 30th 2018
Last night we impulsively messaged a couple wineries to see if we could schedule a visit, and we were pleasantly surprised to see this morning a response from one saying we could do a tour and tasting today! Our tour was at 2:15 pm, so we started our morning with a trip to another white village, Setenil de las Bodegas, a town in which numerous businesses/houses/etc are literally built into rock formations. We walked around the town and were able to find a place for brunch at a cafe built into the rocks. With the owner not speaking English and the menu being entirely in Spanish, we successfully ordered our meal in Spanish! This was quite the accomplishment, because there were a lot of words on the menu we did not know the definition of in Spanish. 😊
We then made our way to Bodega Garcia Hidalgo winery near Ronda. We were greeted by Maribella, who owns the winery with her husband Miguel. Maribella did not speak much English, but was grateful of our Spanish speaking abilities. We were joined by Olga and Andy, a couple visiting from Russia, and had Miguel take us around the vineyards. They do not
use pesticides at the winery and grow beans in the vineyard to help fertilize the grapes. They focus on Merlot/Cab Sauv/Syrah/Moscato as their main grapes. We were able to take a tour through their cellar and bottling facility. The vineyard bottles up to 10,000 bottles per year, but focuses more on the quality of the grape versus the quantity.
Our wine tasting was served with tapas homemade by Maribella. We enjoyed a charcuterie boards accompanied by homemade pate, pepper jelly, and apricot jam. We also had a Spanish Omelette, as well as a tomato salad. The wines we tried were a dry Moscato (Kelly's favorite), a 33/33/33 Cab/Merlot/Syrah, and a 40/40/20 Cab/Syrah/Merlot (Cody's favorite). We were also offered a homemade dessert wine produced by Maribella (Miguel does almost all other wine production) that was very similar to the Vinsanto we had in Santorini, Greece. It is a white grape over ripened that turns into a very sweet dessert wine - this was unfortunately not for sale at the vineyard, but was outstanding. The vineyard itself has only been in operation for ten years, and Maribella and Miguel seem to do everything for it. Upon leaving we even received hugs
and kisses from Maribella - she was awesome. It was a great experience, and we would recommend this vineyard to anyone visiting the region!!
We then drove the two hours to Seville, arriving around 6:00 pm. We had to return our rental car, take a taxi downtown, and wait for our Airbnb host to meet us in a plaza. Unfortunately, our car rental return/traffic took longer than anticipated so it took a little longer to sync up with our host than we thought it would. We grabbed a drink in the plaza while we waited for him, and then took a walk through downtown Seville after checking in. Since we ate so much earlier in the day, Cody was pleased we went to Patatas Queen, a fast food french fry/chicken nugget/croquettes establishment near our Airbnb. It was nice having some "American" comfort food, but Cody is now excited for more fast food once we get back to the USA. We were able to sit down and enjoy some sangria/cerveza before our Patatas Queen, though!
Tomorrow we are looking forward to exploring the city of Seville. We have on our list the Palace, Inquisition Museum, and the Cathedral/Bell Tower
to start. We'll see where else we end up!
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