There are many tour operators in Madrid to choose from. A good number of them offer private tours only, making it an expensive adventure. My husband and I wanted an affordable tour that is of a high quality. Look no further! Gourmet Madrid is your choice for group tours that give you a great experience.
Our tour guide for the Madrid wineries tour was Jaime Baeza. The tour was set up via their website and was firmed up via emails. We met Jaime near the Museo del Prado. All of us got in to a comfortable vehicle, and we drove 50km / 32 miles to the 15th century villages of Chinchon and Colmenar de Oreja. This area of Las Vegas is beautiful. While in Chinchon, we stopped at the castle. Jaime explained to us how the word, quinine, came to be. It all started here: Chinchon > chinchonina > quiquonine > quinine.
The main portion of the tour was in Colmenar de Oreja. Both of us have been on tours of wineries in Bordeaux, Napa, Sonoma County and the Central Coast. We have never seen anything like what we saw in this wonderful village. The wineries are using egg shaped clay pots (known as “tinajas”) to ferment their grapes. Oak barrels were hard to find and stainless steel tanks could be counted on one hand. The clay pots are stored in caves below the ground, giving it a constant cool temperature.
All three wineries that Jaime took us to were great! The three winemakers we met were all very modest as they did not think their wine should be exported to the United States. Part of their logic could be that many people think of their area as “industrial” as their appellation is called, Madrid. Nonetheless, we got their business cards and hope to persuade our wine shop to inquire in to their availability. One of the wineries also presses their own olive oil. We carefully packed a couple of bottles of the wonderful oil in our suitcases. The price point for the wines and olive oil is a bargain! Even if you do not schlep the wine home, buy some to enjoy while in Spain.
Our tour ended with lunch was in Colmenar de Oreja. This is where we want to explain how great Jaime is. The man went beyond the call of duty for my husband. Whatever my husband ate just PRIOR to the wine tour ended up giving him food poison. Jaime was on the phone with paramedics for almost thirty minutes before it was decided by my husband that he could make it back to Madrid. Even though we did not pay Jaime to do it, he took us right to the front door of the establishment we were staying at. Not many people would do that!
We plan to be back in Madrid soon. While we are there, we will make sure to tour with Gourmet Madrid again! We will also take advantage of their Spanish cooking classes next time as this is an excellent company.
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