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The Vermouth route and wine tasting in Madrid

The Vermouth route and wine tasting in Madrid
Food, Wine & Nightlife > Wine Tasting & Winery Tours > Wine Tasting
$79
Duration: 3 hours
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Description

Enjoy discovering a centenary route in central Madrid and the tradition of drinking Vermouth (Vermú), a fortified and aromatised wine, originally from Italy, arrived in Spain in 1838 through the Catalan city of Reus. Although there is a theory saying that its origins date back to the ancient Greece (you will learn the key facts during the tour).

We will visit 3 different taverns to try diverse kinds of Vermouths: the traditional style served on tap and a fancy modern style poured as a cocktail. Vermouth is back and very trendy nowadays here in Spain.

It displays a sweet-bitter taste along with some spices; the very specificity of each vermouth is the special blend of roots and plants of each winery (it is like a secret recipe).

We will also taste 3 Spanish wines to wrap up this fabulous tour. This is a walking tour taking part in Central Madrid where you will discover the history and stories behind the tradition of drinking Vermouth.

We will be meeting in Chueca Square ('Plaza de Chueca') from where we will start our walking tour. We will head to the first historic tavern to taste a traditional style of Vermouth, poured on tap. You will get historic facts about the tradition of drinking Vermouth in Madrid as well as a definition of what Vermouth is; how it is made and the different kinds of Vermouth.

Thereafter, we will go to the second tavern to experience a modern style of Vermouth, very trendy nowadays in Spain and served as a cocktail along with fantastic 'Gordal' olives, the biggest and very meaty kind of olives from the Andalusian region. You will obtain insights about bottled Vermouths and the different styles wineries are currently producing in Spain.

To continue with our wine discovery, we will head to the third tavern where we will taste 3 wonderful Spanish wines, starting with a Cava (a fabulous Spanish Sparkling wine made following the traditional method), followed by 2 still wines (a white and a red wines or two red wines). All wines and vermouths will be paired with delicious and tasty Spanish tapas.

Also, you will get an explanation about wine tasting techniques and the stages of a wine tasting; interesting facts about each of the wineries producing the wines we will taste; the characteristics of each Designation of Origin where they are located; the specific 'terroir' (the area) where vines grow and tips about the ageing system of Spanish wines and how to read labels! (very useful when choosing and buying wines).

What to expect:

  • A comprehensive, picturesque and fun vermouth and wine tasting route in Central Madrid
  • Explanation about the winemaking techniques of each of the wines/vermouths we will taste
  • Description of Food and wine pairing principles
  • Wine tasting of 5 Vermouths/wines and tapas to match the wines

Enjoy discovering a centenary route in central Madrid and the tradition of drinking Vermouth (Vermú), a fortified and aromatised wine, originally from Italy, arrived in Spain in 1838 through the Catalan city of Reus. Although there is a theory saying that its origins date back to the ancient Greece (you will learn the key facts during the tour).

We will visit 3 different taverns to try diverse kinds of Vermouths: the traditional style served on tap and a fancy modern style poured as a cocktail. Vermouth is back and very trendy nowadays here in Spain.

It displays a sweet-bitter taste along with some spices; the very specificity of each vermouth is the special blend of roots and plants of each winery (it is like a secret recipe).

We will also taste 3 Spanish wines to wrap up this fabulous tour. This is a walking tour taking part in Central Madrid where you will discover the history and stories behind the tradition of drinking Vermouth.