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“Very unusual and rewarding visit”

Bodega El Fabulista
Ranked #3 of 25 things to do in Laguardia
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Miami, Florida
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142 reviews
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“Very unusual and rewarding visit”
Reviewed 2 September 2013

Narrow pedestrian streets lead us past innumerable pavement cafes and the Plaza Mayor. Under the streets of the town lies an extraordinary secret: the entire subsoil is riddled with ancient wineries or "caves", excavated underneath the houses and streets, at a depth of 6 m. We will be entering one section to visit La Fabulista winery. Even the name is unusual. The cellars are located under the home of Félix María de Samaniego, a Spanish author (1745 – 1801), whose book “Fabulas” was a bestseller in its day, hence the name of this tiny winery and the labels of the bottles. We are shown where the grapes arrive by tractor, are tipped into a concrete vat and then actually trodden by foot, a very rare occurrence these days. We then descend the steep, narrow stairs to the cellars below the town. Here in dank, cool tunnels, the wine is fermented and aged. Finally we come to a nicely decorated tunnel where we enjoy the tasting. This is a small operation, but the guide is outstanding and the explanation of the whole process, including a fascinating discussion on how to taste and appreciate wine, is much appreciated. We are even persuaded to purchase a selection of their wines, which are in fact rather good.

If you come at harvest time you will have a chance to stomp on the grapes!

Visited August 2013
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Calgary, Canada
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“Fun tour!”
Reviewed 19 August 2013 via mobile

As compared with some of the other tours we took of larger, more innovative wineries in La Rioja region, this was impressive in its simplicity, our guide's enthusiasm, and the level of detail she gave us about the Fabulista wine-making process and about wine tasting itself. Loved seeing the caves and tunnels under Laguardia's lovely exterior. This tour came as a part of our hotel package, and we were so glad that it did, otherwise we may not have experienced it!

Visited August 2013
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Kilmacow, Kilkenny, Ireland
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“Lovely experience”
Reviewed 18 August 2013

Very interesting winery, really worth a visit, cellars built as an underground
Getaway system from the Moors in 10th century. Small winery but as the label says it does taste fab, October good time can see tractor navigate microscopic streets and men still trample the grapes.

Visited August 2013
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Houston
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“Very nice wine cave”
Reviewed 6 August 2013

If you are claustrophic, be careful.....very steep stairs into a cave...Otherwise, a very nice tour.

Visited July 2013
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Perth and Kinross, United Kingdom
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“Family run and all welcome!”
Reviewed 25 July 2013

What a pleasant find in the Basque country.. oldy worldy.. hidden in a fabulous walled village. The guide was so enthusiastic we had to ask her to slow down so we could keep up. The place oozes history and smells of good wine. By the time we reached the hallowed tasting area we were already sold on the product. The information was excellent and accurate and we learned a lot about wine in general that will be useful in life..for instance "stay clear of the cheese, when tasting wine, as it masks the taste of inferior wine". Make the effort to find this place and go to the modern bodegas later, if your are sober enough...

Visited April 2013
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