There is a big difference between wine degustation as practiced in Spain 20 years ago as compared to nowadays. In the past, the typical taster happened to pass by a road sign inviting him to a free tasting in a cellar, more often a wine boutique, where it was free to taste to make him feel obliged to buy a few bottles or cases, without any information on the specificities and organoleptic characteristics of the wine. There used to be a good shipping service to the USA or the UK or anywhere in the world. Surface shipping is still a good solution due to the new restrictions in transporting liquids in aircraft. Cost of shipping to the US is highly compensated by the 21% Value Added Tax refund and the ridiculously low duties at US customs (about $0,17 per bottle.
Today, the wine amateur is a fully prepared person, knowing what he wants and willing to pay for it , generally with good nose and a special taste for gourmet experiences in addition to elitist oenotourism. All conditions which can be fully satisfied in Spain, on the Costa del Sol and Southern Andalucia through specialised services focused on the most demanding gourmet oenotourists reluctant to participate in massive bus tours. Catering to the wine lovers who want to visit the production areas in style and do not accept less than the best is the key to the success of an unforgettable touristic experience mixing the palatable and the cultural. This is precisely what I offer you, satisfaction garanteed!
Depending on your travel dates you may have the opportunity to view the world over famous Jerez Horse Show, the Jerez F1 trials, the Jerez Motorcycle Grand Prix, the Feria del Caballo -Horse Fair-, the Semana Santa -Holy Week- in Malaga, Ronda, Jerez, Cadix, Seville, in fact in all towns and villages of Andalucia.
Oenotourism in both areas is always accompanied by a wide and generous variety of tapas- small dishes of food, hot or cold, served as a snack together with a drink- or more refined gourmet cooking as an option.